Bergen has a proud history of hosting big events, and will be a great venue for the UCI Road World Championships in 2017.
The City of Bergen
The City of Bergen was founded on an old Viking settlement in the year 1070 by King Olav Kyrre. Bergen is an international city with small-town charm and atmosphere. The city with its 280.000 inhabitants is like a spectacular amphitheatre clambering up the mountainsides, overlooking the sea, embracing its visitors. The city offers a unique tour in the living history of Bergen and Norway, and it is the Gateway to the wildest and loveliest fjords of Norway. The city is also a European City of Culture and a UNESCO World Heritage City. Tradition and history live side by side with a vibrant cultural scene. The legacy of the Hanseatic period goes hand in hand with Bergen’s present status as a European City of Culture. Both are highly visible on a stroll around the city.
Beautiful, rich in traditions and history, charming, lively – all these adjectives describe Bergen. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, with the facilities of a large city, and the charm and atmosphere of a small city, with its wooden houses and cobbled streets. Bryggen is the old trading wharf that still looks the same as it did when the town was in its infancy. Bryggen is the face of Bergen, and part of the cultural heritage and has its place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The city is delightfully compact and you will quickly find your way around, thanks to the varied landscape that makes Western Norway’s capital so charmingly unpredictable.
There are many reasons why Bergen was selected as one of Europe’s cultural cities for the year 2000. Bergen has one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras. Norway’s first national theatre is also to be found in Bergen, and this is where the author Henrik Ibsen completed his theatrical traineeship. The city has fostered famous personalities as the author Ludvig Holberg, the painter J.C. Dahl, the violinist Ole Bull, the composer Edvard Grieg, Norway’s first Prime Minister Christian Michelsen and the Norwegian National Anthem was written in Bergen by the writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Art exhibitions include works of both Edvard Munch, Niklas Astrup, I.C. Dahl and Pablo Picasso.