Top 5 Must Do's in Bergen

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Bergen, Norway may be the second largest city in the country but it certainly doesn't feel like it. Bergen has it's own airport, but can also be accessed by train from Oslo, traveling through some of the most scenic areas of the country. The city is located on the western coast of Norway amongst beautiful fjords. Bergen has been titled as one of the nine Cultural Capitals of Europe and for good reason. If you like music, art and beautiful scenery, this is the place for you. These are a few of the important sites to see while in Bergen:

5. Fish Market - If you have never seen a true fish market, this one will amaze you. Not only do they sell numerous sea creatures, but there are also tourist booths with souvenirs, post cards, and booths that sell flowers and hand-knitted crafts. Between September and May, the market is open all days except Sunday from 7am to 5pm. June to August, they open every day from 7am to 7pm.

4. Bergen International Festival - If you can make it to Bergen in late May, check out this 2-week festival of cultures. Around the city there will be operas, live bands, plays and many other interesting activities on a daily basis. The festival represents many different eras and cultures.

3. Bergen Aquarium - With 60 individual aquariums and 3 outdoor ponds, you will find some interesting aquatic animals here including penguins, seals and a vast array of fish. This is an excellent attraction for all ages. Prices change throughout the year and range from $17 to $33 for adults. The aquarium is open every day from 9am to 7pm.

2. Fløibanen - This is an inclined railway up the mountain Fløyen. Fløibanen was opened in 1918. The trip takes about 7 minutes to get to the top of the mountain, where there is a large cemented viewing area so you can see the entire city and surrounding mountains. The ticket costs around $11 or $5.50 one-way, in case you plan on hiking down the mountain.

1. Bryggen - The Bryggen houses lining the most popular harbor in Bergen have been a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site since 1979. The houses have small shops that hold anything from souvenirs to hiking equipment. Some of the houses date back to the early 18th century, but many of the originals were burnt down due to them being made of all wood. However, a quarter of the houses are originals.

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