SHORE BETS BER­GEN

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - LINER NOTES -

From the beau­ti­ful, brightly coloured wooden mer­chant houses that line the fish­ing har­bour to tour­ing the fjord-bound hill­top home of com­poser Ed­vard Grieg, Nor­way’s sec­ond-largest city is be­guil­ing. Be warned, it rains a lot here. Take an um­brella.

HEAD DI­RECTLY TO

The top. To get your bear­ings, ride the Floiba­nen fu­nic­u­lar – a 10minute walk from the har­bour – to the view­ing plat­form of­fer­ing sweep­ing vis­tas of the city be­low. From there you’ll spy your ship and the colour­ful, gabled wooden build­ings on the har­bour.

DON’T BOTHER WITH

Eat­ing at the restau­rant at Floiba­nen’s up­per sta­tion. The giant cafe lacks at­mos­phere and the food is can­teen-grade. Go back down the hill and choose an­other.

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE RESTAU­RANT

Go to Lysver­ket. Chef Christo­pher Haatuft’s new Nordic cui­sine is get­ting rave re­views. Think fried fish with re­moulade and In­sta­gram­wor­thy char­cu­terie boards. It’s pop­u­lar, book ahead just in case. It’s part of the Kode 4 mu­seum build­ing.

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Art lovers who ap­pre­ci­ate works from the Re­nais­sance to the con­tem­po­rary era should head to the Kode fine-art mu­se­ums, there are four all in one row. Here you’ll see works by artists such as Ed­vard Munch, Niko­lai Astrup, Pablo Pi­casso and J.C. Dahl. And right nearby is the con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum, Ber­gen Kun­sthall.

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THE TOUR TO TAKE

Visit the home of com­poser Ed­vard Grieg and take in a pri­vate recital on the grounds. This tour is a Sig­na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence on APT’s 15-day Ma­jes­tic Nor­we­gian Fjords tour. The com­poser took in­spi­ra­tion from the land­scape around him.

As well as tour­ing his house, you can view the small cabin on the wa­ter where he’d com­pose his works.

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