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In pictures: Bryggen, the old heart of Bergen

Bryggen old town in Bergen, Norway

Along the waterfront in the Norwegian city of Bergen is one of its most historic and beautiful areas – Bryggen. A row of colourfully painted shopfronts face the wharf, but down the narrow alleyways in between you’ll find a jumble of overhanging balconies and walkways. This is the oldest part of Bergen, which was first built on back in 1070. It became the base for the local Hanseatic League, a German guild of merchants, who turned the original buildings into warehouses and built a wharf – called a bryggen in Norwegian, giving the area its name. Fires razed the buildings to the ground more than once over the years but they were always rebuilt. The oldest still standing now date back t0 1702 but some are much younger – the latest fire was only in 1955. Today instead of storing fish they’re used for shops, art studios and restaurants.

Buildings along the waterfront in Bryggen, Bergen Norway
Wooden buildings in Bryggen, Bergen Norway
Streets in Bryggen, Bergen Norway
Shop in Bryggen, Bergen Norway
Wooden buildings in Bryggen, Bergen Norway
Red buildings in Bryggen, Bergen Norway

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  1. Nice colours… This is in Germany?

    July 17, 2014
    • Thanks – it’s actually Norway, on the eastern coastline near to the fjords.

      July 18, 2014
  2. I just love the colours of this post – makes me want to visit!

    July 17, 2014
    • The bright colours were lovely – they get a lot of rain here so I guess it’s one way to make it look cheerful whatever the weather!

      July 18, 2014
  3. Look like a little doll city, how amazing is it? 😀

    July 17, 2014
  4. Never been to Norway, but this post is inspiring. I like the colourful mix of wooden houses. Very interesting!

    July 17, 2014
    • Thanks, it’s a great country to visit – lots of beautiful natural scenery as well as the pretty towns too.

      July 18, 2014
  5. It looks like such a pretty place! Lovely photos 🙂

    July 17, 2014
    • Thanks Katie, it was lovely, the colours were just gorgeous.

      July 18, 2014
  6. So colorful and pretty! I would love to come here one day!

    July 18, 2014
    • I really loved Norway – hope you do get to visit sometime!

      July 18, 2014
    • Thanks. I hope so too 🙂

      July 19, 2014
  7. I love it! So quaint and colourful. I need to go to Norway.

    July 18, 2014
    • You do! I was really impressed with it and would love to go back and see more – just need to save a bit first!

      July 18, 2014
  8. Lovely photos Lucy. I wish I’d had a digital camera all those years ago!

    July 18, 2014
    • Thanks Jude – I feel like that about a lot of places I visited in Asia and Australia – will have to go back now I have a digital camera as have about 100 photos from a yearlong trip!

      July 18, 2014
  9. Wow what an interesting little town. You captured it wonderfully.

    July 18, 2014
    • Thanks, it was a really cute place, loved the weird angles and overhanging windows.

      July 22, 2014
  10. Beautiful photos! It looks like you transported into a fairytale to take these!

    August 1, 2014
    • Thanks, yes it was almost an unreal looking place!

      August 3, 2014
  11. Those wonderful photos have made me want to visit. I am cycling through Norway next year, so will detour to make sure I do!

    August 2, 2014
    • Sounds like a fantastic trip! There are so many fantastic destinations in Norway – hope you do get to make it to Bergen on the way.

      August 3, 2014
  12. Very cool photos! Looks like an adorable place to visit. Added to the list! 🙂

    August 3, 2014

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