Picture a sea of triangular rooftops and rainbow-coloured buildings, all backed by tree-cloaked mountains, and you’ll have an idea of what Bergen looks like. Norway’s second-largest city is storybook pretty, and it’s got a lively history that dates back to the Middle Ages. On this walking tour, you’ll uncover some of the most famous sights, including the old German merchant buildings. Back in 1702, a fire ripped through the city, destroying them all. Now rebuilt, they’ve been made to look just as they did back then. They’re so impressive, in fact, the area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing the Bergenhus fortress and soaring tower of Rosenkranz you’ll explore the winding streets that snake up towards the foot of the mountains. Down by the harbour, meanwhile, a string of artists’ studios, restaurants and craft shops line up – most of which have hardly changed over the years. Your final stop will be at the Hanseatic Museum, which charts the difficult working life of the city’s old German merchants.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.