Trekroneren, Bergen

After having a heavy breakfast at our hotel, we spent the morning exploring the compact Bergen town before dropping by a takeaway stand for a Scandinavian hotdog. This hotdog stand named Trekroneren translates to “three crowns“. Being a popular tourist destination, the menus are displayed in various languages.

The Scandinavian hotdogs are characterized by the classic crispy onion toppings that adds the extra oomph factor to it.  I still vividly remember that the first time I tasted the heavenly hotdog with crispy onion topping combination was at the Copenhagen airport. I’ve been dreaming about it since then…

The other star attraction here is the availability of reindeer sausage. Since we had already tried reindeer meat in Tromsø, we decided to go with a more classic Frankfurter instead.

Here’s a shot of the tasty sausage bun. I would gladly choose this over fast food if I need a quick bite!

It seems odd that even at noon, the streets of Bergen was relatively empty. But I enjoyed the serenity and this is the perk of travelling at non-peak season. Their high season is typically mid-June and August during the summer.

Earlier photos taken:

Back to sumptuous hotel breakfast buffet after having simple homemade breakfasts for the last 2 days. Trout caviar aplenty and a variety of berries!

Finally got a chance to try Norway‘s beloved brunost (brown cheese). Its a tan-coloured ‘whey cheese’ with a distinctive caramel flavour.  You have to slice it very thinly using a metal cheese slicer. However it actually doesn’t taste like cheese. It has a sweet-yet-savoury and fudgey caramel taste which I liked!

After breakfast, we headed towards the eastern side of the Vågen harbour and passed by the Fløibanen funicular station right right in the city centre. You can take in magnificent view of Bergen from the top of Mount Fløyen.

Further down the road we arrived at Bergen’s and one of Norway‘s main attraction – Bryggen (meaning “the dock”). The colourful row of Hanseatic heritage commercial buildings are listed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites since 1979.

The first thing that struck me was that the wooden row of houses looked crooked. Although from far they looked pretty uniform, upon edging closer it was obvious that they look warped. Afterall the historic Bryggen buildings we see today are more than 300 years old.

Standing shoulder to shoulder, there is a narrow passageway that leads into the courtyards behind. Once you step inside, it’ll transport you back to the medieval times.

Between the tenement rows, you will find Midtbygningen (the Middle Building), with a stone building right at the end of the passageway.

A myriad of of colours and lines at Bryygen offers many photo opportunities.

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