Day 8 – Bryggen, Old Bergen and the Fløibanen

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Today we got a lazy start to the day being that we were staying in town and touring around.

We started off by going across the way to Bryggen, which is the older part of Bergen. There’s a museum that explains the significance of Bryggen, which was as a major Hanseatic Port for many, many years. It was where all the fish from the north was sent to be traded for goods from around the world. Bryggen is the only place which has buildings remaining from this time (starting around 1200, but many fires took down different parts different times). So there’s actually historical significance to those pretty buildings. I did have to take the classic picture for myself though.

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In these houses, there was no heat/fire because of the fear for burning the places down and they housed all the merchandise to be sold. Crazy because it’s chilly even now and it’s midsummer, I can’t imagine the winter.

Now there’s lots of little shops housed on the main floors of the buildings and you still get there by little alleys, like the one below. Notice that one of these houses wanted to add a stair case, and so just added on a bump out for that stair case! In case the leaning of the houses wasn’t scary enough, now there’s just a random staircase attached.

That yellow house on the left has the staircase added. There's stairs and walkways across the alley too.
That yellow house on the left has the staircase added. There’s stairs and walkways across the alley too.

From here we went on to check out Bergenhus, which is the castle in Bergen. It was built in bits and pieces, starting around the same time as the houses. Norway is trying to return all their unused fortresses to public use, now that the Navy doesn’t need them. This one has some of the old rooms restored and displayed, and then other buildings have been turned into gathering halls.

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Next we grabbed lunch before hitting up the funicular train. It is appropriately named the Fløibanen, as banen appears to mean train, and the mountain is Mount Fløyen. Not so original in the naming. Check out the link for more info on what a funicular train is and how it works. Super interesting. The picture at the top of this post is the view from the top. Gorgeous. For some reason the trip up and down the funicular was less terrifying than yesterday’s bus ride down the twisty road.

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I don’t have much else for you beyond some other quick stops. Check out the couple pictures below.

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Steps: 17,500

Floors: 47

 

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