Gay Guide • BERGEN | What to See, Where to Stay, Best Gay Bars and Restaurants | LGBT Guide
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What to See, Best Places to Sleep, Where to Eat and to Have Fun in BERGEN ?
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Norway was among the first countries in the world to recognize equal rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. There is a generous attitude towards sexuality and gender identity and this country was among the first to enact anti-discrimination laws against gays and lesbians. Precisely for this reason it is ranked fourth among 49 European countries in the annual Rainbow Europe Map 2022 ranking by ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian and Gay Association). Nowadays homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, among which church marriage, adoption and assisted fertilization emerge. Scandinavia's second largest Pride is held every June, attracting more than 50,000 people in recent editions.
WHAT TO SEE in BERGEN?
10 THINGS TO SEE in BERGEN
The ancient historic center of the city is characterized by cobbled streets and picturesque wooden houses that give off an ancient scent. This neighborhood, with its fantastic wooden houses that were old warehouses at the time, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let yourself be carried away in the fantastic alleys of this area and you will be amazed!
One of the oldest fortifications in Norway, a real milestone, destroyed but rebuilt several times (respecting the original structure), surrounded by a very well-kept park and from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of Bergen.
Lungegårdsvannet Lake & Nygårdsparken Park
Visiting the lake with its majestic park will relax you a bit and make your day even more enjoyable.
The beating heart of the city and is located a few meters from the station and the port. Around it you can find shops and restaurants.
Fish Market (Fisketorget i Bergen)
Apparently it will seem like a single market full of fish but the particular thing is that it can be bought and cooked and even served at the table! Clearly having lunch here will cost a lot but it will be a unique experience.
Near the market, a funicular will take you to the top of Mount Fløyen in a maximum of 8 minutes and, from personal experience, we strongly advise you to climb it at sunset to be able to enjoy the beauty of the city with its spectacular colours.
Museums of Bergen
A complex of museums, including the Edvard Grieg Troldhaugen museum, the Harald Sæverud Siljustøl museum, the Ole Bull Lysøen museum, the old institutions Bergen Art Museum and the West Museum of Decorative Art. But the most important and fascinating thing is undoubtedly to admire the The world's largest collection of works by the world famous Edward Munch.
Bergen Cathedral (Domkirken)
The cathedral of Bergen and is very particular since it was built by Christian Christie in 1880 in the Rococo style.
For a breathtaking panorama, this is the right place!
Located outside Bergen, this is the house-museum dedicated to the famous Edvard Grieg, the great Norwegian composer.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)
3 BEST EXCURSIONS from BERGEN
Norway in a Nutshell (Nærøyfjorden, Gudvangen, Flåm, Stegastein)
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WHERE TO SLEEP in BERGEN?
10 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in BERGEN
Dragesmauet Apartments *** ® Tested by World Mappers
WHERE TO EAT in BERGEN?
10 BEST RESTAURANTS in BERGEN Quality / Price
€€€ - Restaurant 1877
€€€ - Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant (outside Bergen)
€€€ - Restaurant Hotel Opus 16
€€ - Bryggen Tracteursted (Typical Restaurant) ® Tested by World Mappers
€€ - Spisekroken
€€ - Marg & Bein
€€ - Pingvinen
€ - Daily Pot
GAY NIGHTLIFE in BERGEN
BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in BERGEN
Fincken (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers
Bryggen Nightclub (Gay Friendly Club)
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How to get to Bergen? It can be reached from Italy by plane but also by train from Oslo.
Once you arrive in the city, how to get around? The public transport network is very good, even if the historic center can be easily explored on foot and for this reason we strongly advise against using a car.
To better visit Bergen we suggest the 'Bergen Card' which will give you the possibility of access to the main attractions and museums as well as free travel on the buses within the border of the territory.
A curiosity about Bergen, it is a city where it rains 270 days a year so much so that in 2007 it reached the record of three consecutive months of rain, so bring an umbrella and a raincoat.
What currency do they use? The local currency is the "kroner" (abbreviated NOK), which is worth about 10 euro cents. There are many ATMs where you can withdraw but credit cards and debit cards are accepted practically everywhere and sometimes they are preferred (even for a simple bottle of water).
You absolutely have to try the “Plukkfisk” which is one of the oldest dishes of the Bergen tradition. Apparently it looks like a simple purée but instead it is rich in cod, potatoes, onions, all served with bacon or pancetta.
We strongly recommend taking a cruise (it lasts only 3 hours) on the fjord from Bergen to Modalen because it is nothing short of a wonderful experience. Being able to admire the beauty of the Norwegian fjords will leave you speechless!
Another excursion not to be missed is the famous "Norway in a Nutshell" (from Bergen), where in one day you can travel by train and bus to see some of the most beautiful places near Bergen. On the way you will ride the scenic Bergen Railway, you will be able to ascend Voss Mountain by cable car, you will admire the scenery from the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the famous Flåmsbana - one of the steepest railway lines in the world, you will take a boat trip along the Aurlandsjord and the spectacular narrow Nærøyjord, a UNESCO heritage site, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western Norway on a bus journey. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on this site.
If you have more time on your hands to venture into Norway's majestic fjords, then don't miss Trolltunga, one of the most spectacular rock formations in Norway. The period is very complex, and you can take the hike from June 1st to August 31st, a guided hike is recommended, but expert hikers can do it on their own. Leave before 8am to make sure you get back before dark. During the winter season, from October 1st to May 31st, you can only go with a guide. Various agencies offer guided snowshoe or ski tours to offer you the panorama of Trolltunga in the snow. ATTENTION: the excursion lasts from 7 to 10/12 hours, so it is not recommended for everyone!
Another incredible stop in Norway is Preikestolen, near Stavanger, a very famous mountain overlooking the Lysefjord, during the ascent you can admire wonderful views of the surrounding area, but the excursion owes its fame to the Pulpit Rock, a similar to a large terrace that offers an incomparable view of the fjord. To get there you take a ferry from the city of Bergen, one of the most beautiful in Norway, and stay overnight in Stavanger as a base from which to discover this wonderful place not to be missed in Norway.
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Bergen
Outside the classic places to visit of the city, there is a "Secret Bergen" that has simply bewitched us. Here are the 5 Things and Places to See in Secret Bergen (and Surroundings):
Fantoft Stavkirke – This is a blackened stave church located in the Fana district, a few kilometers from the center of Bergen, in the middle of a forest.
Lepramuseet – This is a St. George's leprosy museum, once used to house lepers, which depicts the appalling afflictions of those suffering from this disease. It is a very touching and particular place as it explains the history of this disorder in a meticulous and detailed way.
Ocean Wave Power Plants – is located about 45 minutes from the center of Bergen, on the island of Sotra. It is interesting to see how the waves break against the abandoned energy plant and you can also admire some structures covered in graffiti.
Tubakuba – This is a hut that is located in the forest just outside the city of Bergen.Its peculiarity is its structure which is very similar to a rabbit hole and was built with scrap wood by some architecture students.It is a space open to the public but there is also the possibility of staying for just one night to be able to admire it as a whole.
Fløbanen Funicular – This will allow you to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Bergen and its surroundings.
GAY FRIENDLY TOURS
Do you want to discover the city more deeply through Bergen's Best Gay Tours? We recommend the following local operators:
Gaily Tour - Tour Operator offering tours and excursions dedicated to the LGBT + community throughout Europe. Special Tours and Gay & Lesbian Friendly Guides ready to make you discover the beauties of this destination. Info & Booking: info@GailyTour.com
Bergen • Gay Friendly Tour & Old City's Secrets
Welcome to the big north ! Start this incredible tour with our LGBT Friendly Tour Guide. Learn why many consider Bergen the most beautiful city in Norway. Explore charming wooden streets and historic sights like St. Mary's Church, Vågen harbor and the Bryggen quarter, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow alleyways will make you feel like stepping back in time to the era when the Hanseatic merchants dominated Bergen's trade, and you'll learn about the stockfish trade, daily life in the Middle ages, and about the Wharf as a secret hide-out during World War II. From the Wharf it's a short walk to the Bergenhus Fortress, with the royal stone hall and the Rosenkrantz tower. Your guide will be sure to give you a taste of contemporary life as well. During the tour you will also take part to Bergen's very small gay scene, with one known gay bar called Fincken. Here you will enjoy a local drink while admiring the stunning landscapes of the city.
* Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours)
* Drink in Gay Bar (1 Drink)
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