When Christian moved to Bergen, he explored the city by feet and tram to get a feeling for it. And he tested what people recommended, when asked for their favourite places. Some have become his own favourites now.
6. Now that you know the city a little – where would you go out for dinner?
There are some good restaurants in Bergen. One of my favorite is Sumo in the city center. It serves Asian cuisine and stars like David Guetta and Kygo have been there. I also like the Lysverket Restaurant, with local dishes and traditional fish soup on the menu. All set up in a modern ambience – which is a nice contrast. It has even been listed in Guide MICHELIN 2017. And last but not least Enhjorningen – the oldest seafood restaurant in Bergen.
"Like in most Norwegian cities nightlife in Bergen starts later than in Germany or Switzerland. Alcohol is heavily taxed and very expensive, so locals usually meet at someone’s home first and then go out."
7. Which are your favourite bars?
Like in most Norwegian cities nightlife in Bergen starts later than in Germany or Switzerland. Alcohol is heavily taxed and very expensive, so locals usually meet at someone’s home first and then go out. A nice place is the No Stress bar, which probably serves the best cocktails in the city. Scruffy Murphys is an Irish Pub with live music at the weekend.
8. You favorite place in Bergen?
I am a big fan of nature and of beautiful views, so it’s probably hardly surprising that I like the Fløyen very much. It is a great place to relax after a hard working week. I have also been on one of the other mountains surrounding Bergen, the 643 meter high Ulriken. You can also go up with a cable car and have a wonderful view over the whole area. The old hanseatic city part around Bryggen with the view of the harbor and the sailing ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl is treat for the eyes as well – even if the weather is bad.
9. Bergen is also called “gate to the fjords” - how close is nature?
Real close! Surrounded by the seven mountains and located directly at the coast Bergen is a nature hot spot. And the fjords can be reached easily from here. For example you can book a 3-hour tour to get a first impression. There are, of course, longer tours, but e.g. for a weekend trip to Bergen I recommend the short one.
10.What you should definitely do when coming to Bergen?
A visit to Bergen should definitely include the Unesco World Heritage Bryggen, which is the old Hanseatic quarter of Bergen. Particularly beautiful in the spring and summer months, when people sit outside on the bar terraces to enjoy the long evenings at the harbor. You also should go to The Hanseatic Museum. It is located at the entrance to Bryggen and illustrates the versatile history of the city of Bergen and the size of the Hanseatic League. And even if it is very touristic: the fish marketis a must. You find a huge variety of fish and seafood - even whale meat and you can try almost everything.
11. Christian's additional tip
If you plan to come in winter: In about one and a half hours you reach the small towns Vossand Myrkdalenby car. Both are very nice and well-manageable ski areas. The Myrkdalen Hoteloffers good deals - ski pass inclusive. Also the Norwegian Railway has specials with a 20% discount for the combination of ski pass and train ticket.