23 Apr 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
2 guests - 1 room
With its colourful harbourside houses and mountainous backdrop, Bergen is an Instagrammer's dream. The city is a popular base for nature lovers and adrenaline seekers, especially those paying a visit to Sognefjord – the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The city may be small, but it's brimming with cultural attractions and makes a scenic spot for a romantic break.
Where to stay in Bergen
The best place to stay in Bergen depends on what you want from your holiday. While party animals enjoy being in the heart of the action, those looking for a relaxing break are more likely to enjoy hotels on the outskirts.
Our Bergen neighbourhood guide gives you the low-down on the different areas, so choosing a hotel is even easier. Use our map search to find the best hotel for your needs.
Most of Bergen's hotels are in the compact city centre (Sentrum). It's a great place to base yourself if you want to be in the middle of the buzz, and walking distance from the city's main sights. Sentrum is the most modern area of Bergen, as many of the old wooden buildings burnt down at the start of the 20th Century. That's not to say it's not pretty, though – the architecture is attractive, and the buildings are painted in various shades of pastel. This part of town is a shopper's paradise, with everything from high street stores to quaint boutiques.
The harbourside neighbourhood of Bryggen has graced many a picture postcard (not to mention social media snaps). The UNESCO listed buildings date back to the 18th Century, and formed the town centre back in the middle ages. Once an important base for the Hanseatic trading league, today the buildings are home to cute craft shops and cafés. Aside from the gorgeous buildings, attractions in Bryggen include the fish market, Rosenkrantz Tower and the Bergenhus Fortress.
Escape the bustle and high room rates by heading north to the suburb of Sandviken. This area is popular with students, and is a great choice for travellers on a budget. You can easily walk to and from the city centre if you need a bit of action. Hipsters will love snapping photos of the picturesque winding streets and wooden houses – and if you time it right you might be able to spot the sunset over the harbour.
The Bergen train station lies to the east of the city centre, and has its own small cluster of shops, galleries and hotels. Culture vultures will enjoy being near the Bergen Art Hall, as well as the Kode 1, Kode 2, Kode 3 and Kode 4 art galleries. Those who like to keep fit while they travel will enjoy jogging around the nearby Lille Lungegårdsvannet lake – it's also a great spot for family picnics.
Hotels in this neighbourhood include the Grand Terminus (which has an excellent whiskey bar). The Scandic Ornen, Bergen's largest hotel, is also in this neighbourhood – and boasts the city's only skybar. For a wallet-friendly option, check out Citybox Bergen.
Bergen Airport is 18 kilometres from the city centre, so hotels near Bergen Airport are better for those who aren't planning to spend a lot of time downtown. That said, there aren't many options nearby – the best is the Clarion Hotel Bergen Airport.
My recent trip to Bergen Norway, left me speechless for days! No words or images could accurately show the beauty of this wonderful location! I went with my toddler son, and we ventured MANY times up Mt. Floyen and enjoyed their many walking trails and "Troll Playground". The Fjords to Gudvangen...still I have no words for. Breath-taking doesn't even do it justice. It was as if you could hear the echos of the ancient gods and goddesses within the mountains and waters. It took you back in time, in such an enchanting way, that you will truly forget where you are! I cannot recommend this area enough! My trip #2 is planned already, for next year! I can't wait to explore the areas again!
A beautiful little town on the coast of Norway. We took advantage of the Bergen Card so got to see quite a bit in our short visit - charming streets, gorgeous views, and interesting museums.
A great Nordic city that has so much to offer. Whether just a starting point to explore other parts of Norway, or your destination, you will be delighted by all the surprises around every corner.
Arrived day has heavy rain make me felt terrible! But good view definitely !