Design & Architecture


Design & Architecture

Lysoen Island & Ole Bull's Villa

Located on Lysøen Island, this villa was constructed in 1873 and belongs to Ole Bull, a Norwegian violinist. There is a romantic road, leading up to the house, with a number of lakes amid the island's pine tree forest, giving it a fairytale ambience…

Address: Lysekloster-Bergen

Tel: +47 56 30 90 77

Fax: +47 56 30 93 72

Open hours: May 18th to August 31st Monday to Saturday 12noon to 4pm Sundays 11am to 5pm September Sundays 12noon to 4pm

Closed days: September Monday to Saturday October to mid May Admission fee: 25kr, 40kr for groups


Bryggen District World heritage

The Bryggen District is a region located in Vagen Bay and was added to the UNESCO list of Cultural Heritages Sites in 1979 as a representative example of Norwegian architecture from the medieval period. Go down the alleyways and explore the unique architecture and buildings. The district has been hit by two fires, one in 1702 and another in 1955. The fires destroyed original buildings but they have managed restore most buildings to their original state.

Tower of Rosenkrantz (Rosenkrantzarnet)

This tower was constructed in the 1560s by a feudal lord of Bergen, Erik Rosenkrantz, to serve both as a fort and a home. A fortress that was built before the tower is also entrenched inside.

Address: Bergenhus

Tel: +47 55 31 43 80

Open hours: May 15th to August 31st Everyday 10am to 4pm September 1st to May 14th Sundays 12noon to 3pm

Closed days: September to May 14th Monday to Friday

Admission fee: 25kr


The Gamlehaugen is a mansion that is used as the official residence of the Norwegian King when he visits Bergen. This beautiful mansion, which is located on top of a small hill in the suburbs of Bergen, used to be the residence of Christian Michelsen who served as the prime minister of Norway at the beginning of this century.

Address: Gamlehaugsveien 10, 5231 Paradis

Tel: +47 55 92 51 20

Open hours: June to September 1st Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm

Closed days: Saturdays/Sundays, September 2nd to May, whenever Norway's King is in residence

Admission fee: 50kr

Ulriken Cable Car

The cable car takes you to the top of Bergen’s highest mountain, Ulriken (642m). From the top of the cable car you can experience a fantastic view over the capital of Western Norway, fjords and mountains. Once reached the summit you can enjoy lunch at any of the restaurants and cafes located on top of Ulriken. The tour "Bergen in a nutshell" also includes the cable car and is a bargain at 130kr.

Address: Ulriken 1

Tel: +47 55 20 20

Operation time: Throughout the year. Departs every 7 minutes. June to August 9am to 10pm May to September 9am to 7pm October to April 10am to 5pm Free mini concert June to August 5 times a day 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

Fee: Return 80kr


Maria Church (Mariakirken)

The Maria church is a Romanesque-style church that was set up in the first half of the 12th century. This is the oldest architectural structure in Bergen. The decorations on the pulpit inside the church are very beautiful and are said to be Norway's highest-quality baroque decorations.

Address: Dreggen 15

Open hours: June 20th to August 19th Monday to Friday 9.30am to 11.30, 1pm to 4pm Other than the above Tuesday to Friday 11am to 12.30pm Organ performance June 28th to August 30th Tuesdays 19:30 (purchase tickets at the entrance.)

Gamle Bergen

Gamle Bergen is an open air museum with more than 40 wooden houses, representative of the Bergen architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries. The houses give a picture of life in a small town with its dwellings, different shops, baker, barber, dentist, photographer etc. The museum area is open all year.

Address: Sandviken

Tel: +47 55 25 70 34

Open hours: May 8th to September 4th Everyday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Closed days: May 11th/17th

Admission fee: 60kr