Bergen used to be one of the Hanseatic towns, and the picturesque, UNESCO Bryggen wharf dates back to this Hanseatic era. The tiny Hanseatic Museum at Bryggen waterfront is well worth a visit! This museum is currently closed for refurbishment, for exhibitions please visit Schøtstuene in Øvregaten 50.
Eventually Bergen was connected to the rest of the country with roads, bridges & ferries crossing the fjords, and the amazing Bergen rail line crossing the mountains from Oslo. But the inhabitants of Bergen still feel somehow disconnected from the rest of Norway; a popular saying in Bergen is “I don’t come from Norway, I come from Bergen”, being very proud of their beautiful city.