Bryggen is one of Bergen’s main attractions. The buildings date back to 1360 when German merchants known as ‘Hansas’ set up import/export offices by the harbour and traded for around 400 years. The Hanseatic buildings, as they are known, have been victim to many fires. The Great Fire of 1702, which reduced the whole city to ashes, prompted Bryggen to be re-built on top of the foundations dating as far back as the 11th century.
You will often see people wandering around the narrow alleyways, admiring the hanging balconies and the wooden architecture. Bryggen is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and after you have been here you will see why these buildings are so valued and protected.