Bergen is called the "Gateway to the Fjords," as it is a great launching point for a tour of nature's Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord. This city has a wonderful mix of architectural styles that add to its 18th-century charm. And as birthplace of virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and pianist Edvard Grieg, Bergen is considered the cultural capital of Norway.
For an unforgettable, bird's eye view of "the city between the seven mountains," take the funicular to the top of Mount Floien for dramatic views of the city and its fjord.
The fortress guarding the harbor mouth contains two notable elements: the 700 year-old, step-gabled King Haakons Hall and the 16th-century Renaissance castle, Rosenkrantz Tower.
This old waterfront district is a World Heritage Site. The main structures of old trade and warehouses in Bryggen have been preserved, and today, many of them are shops, cafes and artist's studios.
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