BERGEN — South of the City Centre

This is area is south of the centre of Bergen.

The sights found here are:
Ole Bull’s Villa
Horda Museum
Siljustøl Museum
Troldhaugen
Fantoft Stave Church
Gamlehaugen
Badeland
Mount Ulriken

Ole Bull’s Villa

Ole Bull’s Villa
This beautiful villa is found on Lysøen Island. It was built as a summer retreat for Norwegian violinist and patron to the arts, Ole Bull in 1873. This is a fairytale building with its onion-shaped dome, gingerbread gables, curved staircase and other ornate decorations. The gardens are also quite magical with the gently curving paths, gazebos, ponds and exotic plants. Inside the villa there is a lot of Ole Bull’s memorabilia on display.
For information about the villa visit the website at: http://www.lysoen.no

Traveller's Tip

During the summer months and the Bergen International Festival there are concerts held here. There is a ferry to take you to the island that leaves Buena Quay on the hour when the villa is open. It takes around 7 minutes.
  • A guided tour of the villa is recommended and information about this can be found on the website.
    Horda Museum

    Horda Museum
    This museum is found in the countryside a few kilometres south of Bergen and if you are in Bergen for a few days it is worth visiting. It is a folk museum for agriculture, fishing, archaeology as well as arts and crafts. A highlight is the collection of traditional houses from Western Norway. There is alos a wonderful collection of tapestries by Ragna Breivik Gerhard Munthe.
    For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.bymuseet.no/index.php?vis=249&spr=en

    Siljustøl Museum

    Siljustøl Museum
    This museum is the former home of Norwegian composer Harald Saeverud who was born in Bergen in 1897. This house is found in the countryside 12 kilometres south of Bergen. The wood and stone house was built in the 1930s and it is one of the largest private houses in Norway with its 63 rooms. Saeverud lived in this house till his death in 1992 and his grave site is found in the grounds. Several concerts of classical music are held here each year.
    For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.kunstmuseene.no/default.asp?enhet=siljustol&sp=2

    Troldhaugen

    Troldhaugen
    This was the home of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The complex consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music and a cliff grotto where he and his wife are buried. Frequent concerts are held here as well. The Victorian house is found in a beautiful rural setting and it still contains his furniture, paintings and other memorabilia. His steinway piano is still used for some of the concerts performed here. You can reach the museum via the Light Railway from Bergen city centre to Hop. Troldhaugen is a 25 minute walk from here.
    For information about Troldhaugen visit the website at: http://www.kunstmuseene.no/default.asp?enhet=troldhaugen&sp=2

    Fantoft Stave Church

    Fantoft Stave Church
    This church is found south of Bergen in a beautiful leafy setting. It was originally built in Fortun in Sogn in 1150 but it was moved to Fantoft in 1883. It was burnt down in 1992 but was reconstructed just as it was before the fire. The church is only open in summer and to get here you can take any bus leaving from platform 20 and you get off at the Fantoft stop on Birkelundsbakken and walk uphill through the park for about five minutes.
    For information about the church visit the website at: http://www.fantoftstavkirke.com/

    Gamlehaugen

    Gamlehaugen
    This is the official residence of the King of Norway when he visits Bergen. It was built in 1901 for Christian Michelsen who was a ship owner and prime minister. In 1925 it was bought by the state and put at the disposal of the King of Norway for his use. The building looks like a Scottish castle and it has a large park around it. The villa can only be visited on a guided tour available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm from June to August. Only the 12pm tour is in English.
    For information about Gamlehaugen visit the website at: http://www.gamlehaugen.no/index.php?lang=en

    Badeland

    Badeland
    Badeland is Bergen’s water park. It is found at Vestkanten which is Norway’s largest combined shopping and entertainment centre and is around 9 kilometres away from Bergen. Badeland has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bubbling water, slides, jacuzzis and there is a man-made beach. There are also places to eat and drink. The shopping centre has 90 shops, a skating rink, curling, bowling, a gym as well as restaurants and cafes.
    For information about Badeland visit the website at: http://www.vannkanten.no/english

    Mount Ulriken

    Mount Ulriken
    This is the highest of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen. From the top of Mount Ulriken you can get the best view of Bergen and this is a ‘must see’ for any visitor. From the viewing platform on the top, you have uninterrupted panoramic views of Bergen and the sea, fjords and mountains that surround the city. You can get to the top by a cable car that runs all year but not in high winds. There is a bus that can take you to where the cable car starts which only runs from May to September. It departs from Zachariasbryggen at the Fish Market every half hour from 10.00 to 17.30. You can buy a ticket on the bus or from the Tourist Information Office. Information about this bus is found on the website. Once you are at the top there is a restaurant where you can enjoy the view or for the more energetic there are well-marked hiking trails.
    For information about the cable car visit the website at: http://www.ulriken643.no/en/

    Traveller's Tip

    Be aware that the cable car doesn’t run when there are high winds so make sure you check before you go. The status of the cable car can be found at the top of the home page of the website or you can ring the cable car office on (+47) 53643643