Bergen, the second largest Norwegian city, is primarily known for its rainy weather. To be in Bergen and experience sunny weather is very unlikely, so you can only imagine how lucky we felt to explore the streets of this charming coastal town under a perfect blue sky. After 6 hours on an Oslo – Bergen train, we arrived on the central station still impressed with beautiful views we were enjoying from the carriage.
As a base we selected Bergen Børs Hotel, an elegant and refined hotel in the city centre, a short walk from picturesque Bryggen. Bergen is an excellent destination for those, who like to walk, because most points of interest are within a walking distance. During our weekend stay we went to Mount Fløyen towering over Bergen to enjoy a beautiful landscape. To add to the experience, we took Fløibanen funicular to take us all the way to the top, the ride was short, but very enjoyable, with pre-ordered tickets we skipped the waiting line and with no rush embarked the carriage. When in Bergen, seafood is the preferred option, so to enjoy a local cuisine we dined at Bryggeloftet, a traditional restaurant with a long history. The food was exquisite. There is also something for coffee fans, two renowned coffee bars, Kaffemisjonen and Det Lille Kaffekompaniet, offer wonderful coffee. What I enjoyed the most about Bergen is the unique local architecture, its narrow, steep streets and small, beautiful houses packed together in most unlikely combinations, fondly maintained and well preserved. All in all, Bergen is a great destination for a weekend travel, especially if you manage to see some sun.