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The City of Seven Mountains - Bergen, Norway

Surrounded by seven mountains and bordered by the ocean, Bergen offers gorgeous scenery that spans from the sea to the sky.
Intimate. Enthusiastic. Beautiful. Bergen, Norway is one of the smallest cities in the Scandinavian region, but its citizens are delightfully warm and welcoming. Surrounded by seven mountains and bordered by the ocean, Bergen offers gorgeous scenery that spans from the sea to the sky. Founded in 1070, this once thriving shipping port offers almost 1,000 years of history to explore during your visit.

Sights in Bergen

The Seven Mountains

Bergen is nestled in the bowl formed by the surrounding seven mountains. Just looking out the window is a majestic sight! Needless to say, hiking is a popular pastime in Bergen. Mt. Ulriken, one of the seven, has cable cars (aerial trams) that transport visitors to the summit. There, free telescopes allow guests to see practically all of Bergen with a bird's eye view.

Bergen International Festival

Bringing various cultures together for a mammoth event, the Bergen International Festival unites the Nordic and Baltic countries for two full weeks in the cultural capital of Norway. According to the official festival website, attendees can view performances of orchestral music, chamber music, recitals, theater, ballet, festival exhibitions, literature /poetry, outdoor events and street performances. It takes place from the end of May through early June each year.

Tall Ships' Races

A week of festivities surrounds this fun-filled event that takes place in late summer each year. From the Opening Ceremonies to fireworks displays to the actual ship races themselves, the Tall Ships' Races make for days upon days of family fun for all ages.

Watching the tall ships enter the harbor is a majestic sight on its own. Hailing from ports around the globe - including Mexico, Russia, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, the UK and more - the world is literally on stage for all to see during this regatta.

The Bryggen (Wharf)

Bergen's Bryggen (wharf) is a popular attraction due to its unique features and beauty. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, the Bryggen was built in 1070 when the city was founded. All wood construction met with a violent end in 1702 when most of the Bryggen - including warehouses and government buildings - burned. Today, the Bryggen area is filled with shops, restaurants, pubs and tourists.

Botanical Gardens

Simply stunning! With over 500 plants from all over the world, you can thrill at the sight of Norway's largest rose garden as well as numerous specialized collections including the Alpine Garden, Japanese Garden and Heather Garden. Follow winding pathways as you stroll through unique varieties of scrubs and flowers, natural forest areas and ornamental plant displays.


Bergen is also famous for the headliner musical concerts that play this venue regularly. In 2008, Bergen will host superstars like KISS, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, R.E.M. and others.

For blockbuster fun in a less crowded destination, make sure Bergen, Norway is on the itinerary for your next cruise. The whole family will enjoy their stay.


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Augustin Hotel Bergen
The family-owned Augustin Hotel is located in the centre of Bergen, Norway. It's 450 metres to local attractions like the Bryggen wharf and the fish market. The train and bus stations are one kilometre away.
Hotel Features. The Augustin Hotel combines traditional architecture with modern facilities. The bright lobby features comfortable armchairs lit by a dramatic contemporary chandelier. Tea and coffee is provided 24 hours a day along with newspapers and wireless Internet access, both complimentary. A 400-year-old wine cellar is the setting for the Altona Wine Bar, decorated with white arches, wooden beams and a sleek coloured-glass bar. Light meals, cocktails and other drinks are served. In summer, guests can enjoy drinks out on the terrace. Brasserie No 22 offers international favourites, Norwegian specialities and fresh seafood in a vaulted dining room with arched windows. The Augustin Hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast every morning. It's just 650 metres to the funicular railway that runs up the Bergen mountainside. A trip to the top takes passengers higher than 350 metres above sea level. minutes. 
First Hotel Marin Bergen
First Hotel Marin hotel stands near the harbour in Bergen, Norway, a historic town filled with noteworthy architecture, museums and galleries. Hanseatic Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands 50 meters from the hotel while the famous Bryggen wharf is only 100 meters away. Bergen Flesland Airport stands 20 kilometers from First Hotel Marin. Guests are welcomed to a lobby furnished with upholstered armchairs arranged atop polished wood flooring. Among the hotel's dining venues, Beyer'en Bar & Restaurant serves specialty Mediterranean cuisine from an open show kitchen. Meanwhile, Steakers serves up fresh grilled meats. After-dinner cocktails are mixed in the contemporary La Strada Bar. Moreover, the hotel presents a complimentary breakfast each morning. Aiming to rejuvenate, the hotel supplies a fitness room, steam room and sauna.
Grand Hotel Terminus Bergen
The Grand Hotel Terminus is a seven- storey corner property housed in a classically handsome building dating from 1928, and is located in central Bergen, 20 metres from the railway station. Bryggen, the old town, and the Floybanen funicular railway are 900 metres away. Bergen Airport is 19 kilometres away, with an approximate driving time of 25 minutes.  This smoke-free hotel houses a sauna and a jetted tub on the seventh floor, as well as a fitness suite. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can exchange currency and arrange dry-cleaning services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the public areas. The Grand Brasserie serves continental dishes in a traditional setting, while the Ambrosia Bar features an open fire and specialises in whiskies.  Built in 1918, the Floybanen funicular railway climbs 320 metres from the town to the summit of Mount Floyba, which offers panoramic views as well as a restaurant open during summer. 
Radisson SAS Hotel Norge Bergen
The Radisson SAS Hotel Norge is a deluxe hotel located in the center of Bergen. This hotel offers well-equipped rooms, conference facilities and delicious meals in the onsite restaurants. The city of Bergen itself offers sophisticated bars, restaurants, music clubs, charming shops, and several tourist attractions. The Radisson SAS Hotel Norge is convenient to these. Situated adjacent to the city park, the hotel is walking distance to the old and scenic alleyways of Bryggen and the colorful open-air fish market.
The guest rooms are tastefully decorated and appointed to the highest standards. Guests will find food and entertainment on three different floors. There are three restaurants to choose from, as well as an American bar, a library lounge, and a nightclub, that is popular with the locals. The Radisson SAS has an extensive health club, which features a universal gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a solarium. The Radisson SAS Hotel Norge is convenient to fine dining, shopping and entertainment venues. 
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel Bergen
The Radisson SAS Royal Hotel is a red-brick hotel situated on the picturesque 18th-century Bryggen harbour waterfront, 500 metres from the Bergen fish market. After breakfast guests can make use of the facilities at the hotel's health club, including an indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub. After a day of sightseeing, guests can mingle with locals in the Engelsen Night Club or enjoy a quiet drink in the Beffen Bar. The hotel has a choice of dining options, including Café Royal, an á la carte restaurant serving international and Scandinavian dishes, and Madame Felle which serves light meals in a relaxed, pub-like atmosphere and opens onto an outdoor promenade during summer months. Guests wishing to explore their surroundings will find the funicular leading up to Mount Floyen 500 metres away. Mount Ulriken, which offers impressive views of the local area, is two kilometres from the hotel. Bergen Flesland Airport is 21 kilometres away and takes around 30 minutes by car. 
Thon Hotel Sandviken Brygge Bergen
You will find Thon Hotel Sandviken Brygge in the Sandviken district in Bergen. Our hotel rooms have a high standard, with solid teak or carpeted flooring, painted walls and fully tiled bathrooms. The rooms are equipped with very comfortable beds, desks, armchairs, lighting, cable TV and broadband contacts. We have a rustic and tastefully furnished restaurant with a varied menu. In the afternoons and evenings Villa is a relaxing restaurant and bar, with its plat du jour, à la carte menu and light meals. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel. Thon Hotels Sandviken Brygge is one of the few hotels in Norway which offers Wahwah well-being therapy. Wahwah offers skin and body care, spa, massage, hair removal, self-tanning and gives you an experience of luxury and well-being.


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