A Treasure Trove of a City
Many a visitor already knows the colourful harbour district of Bryggen that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1979. It is far from the only treasure worth discovering in the country’s second largest city, though. From ‘KODE’, one of Scandinavia’s largest art museums, to the open-air museum, Norway’s oldest theatre stage, or the Grieg museum – we will take you on a journey to discover Bergen’s cultural diversity.
The House of the Stage Gods
Even if you just found yourself standing unsuspectingly outside the colossal Art Nouveau villa with its thick grey stone walls, green turrets, and cheeky grimaces chiselled into them, you would likely suspect that such a house had to be dedicated to art. In fact, Den Nationale Scene (The National Stage) is Norway’s oldest theatre and was founded as far back as 1909 by Ole Bull. Do you fancy having a sit down in one of the crumpled blue theatre seats for a couple of hours? Before you start heading home, pay homage to playwrights Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Henrik Ibsen, and Nordahl Grieg, whose statues can be found outside the museum. Norwegians are not particularly formal – the hint of a bow is enough.
Time Travel Under the Open Sky
If you happen to come across a man in a bowler hat with a walking stick, and pocket watch and a woman with a conspicuous headdress and tight-waisted dress in the middle of a cobbled street, you have probably ventured into ‘Gamle Bergen’, the open-air museum in Sandviken. From private dwellings to apothecaries, and workshops: this is where you will find 50 reconstructed brown, white, and turquoise wooden houses built according to plans from the 18th to 20th centuries. In their neat rows, they are open to any visitors who are looking to take a journey into the past.
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