The history of the ancient and charming harbor town of Bergen, Norway’s ‘secret’ capital city, began in the 11th century, during the rule of King Olav Kyrre.
One of the city’s most important 20th century buildings is the Train Station that was inaugurated in 1907. The Stasjon is a captivating reminder of times gone by and its trains travel along one of the most picturesque railway routes in Europe.
Bergen’s main tourist attraction is the Bryggen district that originated in the middle of the 14th century when it was heavily influenced by the North German Hanseatic Office. German traders were attracted by the prosperous city and so had a permanent administrative HQ built.
The city not only boasts a fascinating history but also a number of music festivals. World famous composer, Edvard Hagerup Grieg was born in Bergen in 1843. Indeed, each year the city holds a music festival in his honor with various concerts, ballets and theatrical performances.
The inhabitants of Norway’s ‘secret’ capital city continue to care for and respect their historic cultural inheritance right up to the present day.
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