The capital of Fjord Norway has never had more to offer than today, whether you are looking for great works of art, classical music, rock concerts or folk music, or you’re interested in war history, museums, stave churches and stunning medieval buildings.
Bergen has the feel of a big city, despite it actually only being home to around 300,000 inhabitants. That feeling stems very much from the city’s arts and culture scene. Since the Middle Ages, arts and culture in Bergen has received massive support from wealthy merchants, shipowners, the aristocracy, royal family and a bourgeoisie that knows how to appreciate a good performance. Throughout the centuries, institutions such as the Hanseatic League, the church, museums, art schools, archives, the university, orchestras and theatres have woven a close-knit backdrop of cosmopolitan art and culture in Bergen that stands out from all the other cities in Norway.
Bergen’s status has once again served as a magnet for art and culture from continental Europe, and local talents from Fjord Norway and the rest of Norway have moved to Bergen.