Visitors to Norway often miss Bergen, the country’s second-largest city after the capital Oslo. It’s located on the west coast of the country and with a population of around 260,000 it definitely isn’t a large city. Instead, it has a large-town feel to it — there’s plenty to do and see, without being overwhelming.
Bergen was the first capital of Norway so it has plenty of accessible history. In fact it is the city’s history that is advertised the most — from the medieval churches to the famous bryggen, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed quayside. The historical buildings are amazing, but what I enjoyed most was wandering through all the neighbourhoods and side streets, which boast colourful buildings and quirky stores fronts; it’s in these smaller areas that you really get to see Bergen’s personality.
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