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Old August 30th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #101
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Very vibrant city. I always found Scandinavian cities dull and bold for me
How can they both be dull and bold?

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56. Old industrial area being regenerated. Love those new apartment blocks.

http://imageshack.us/a/img209/6899/j7o7.jpg
This will soon be built right next to them too:
http://www.linkarkitektur.no/no/pros...erket-trinn-4/
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Old August 30th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #102
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You mentioned that you wanted to visit Bergen yet another time. I assume that you are able to find things you missed in the city (like the fortress) on your own, but here are a couple of suggestions (with location links) to places outside of Bergens inner city that may be interest if you do decide to come back.

- Lysøen - It's the old mansion to the Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull. It's built in a eclectic combination of numerous architectural styles including neo-Moorish architecture.
- Damsgård manor house - Built in a rococo style and is considered to be the best preserved 18th-century wooden building in Europe.
- Fantoft stave church - A stave church, originally built in Sogn around 1150, but was later moved in the 19th century to its current location outside of Bergen due to the threat of demolishing in Sogn. It was destroyed in arson by the Norwegian black metal-er Varg Vikernes, but was later rebuilt into its current state.
- Gamlehaugen - Current castle-like building dates from 1899. It is the royal residence in Bergen.
- Troldhaugen - The old home to the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. There is a museum dedicated to him at the property too.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #103
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Very vibrant city. I always found Scandinavian cities dull and bold for me
I dont think they are dull, just expensive.

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I like the new ones too, the older ones are just drab.
The city and its setting look great though.
The older ones as in those commie blocks? I think they are ok. Well looked after and set in beautiful grounds.

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You mentioned that you wanted to visit Bergen yet another time. I assume that you are able to find things you missed in the city (like the fortress) on your own, but here are a couple of suggestions (with location links) to places outside of Bergens inner city that may be interest if you do decide to come back.

- Lysøen - It's the old mansion to the Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull. It's built in a eclectic combination of numerous architectural styles including neo-Moorish architecture.
- Damsgård manor house - Built in a rococo style and is considered to be the best preserved 18th-century wooden building in Europe.
- Fantoft stave church - A stave church, originally built in Sogn around 1150, but was later moved in the 19th century to its current location outside of Bergen due to the threat of demolishing in Sogn. It was destroyed in arson by the Norwegian black metal-er Varg Vikernes, but was later rebuilt into its current state.
- Gamlehaugen - Current castle-like building dates from 1899. It is the royal residence in Bergen.
- Troldhaugen - The old home to the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. There is a museum dedicated to him at the property too.
Thanks for those!
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Old August 30th, 2013, 03:00 PM   #104
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62. Bryggen.



63. Wide angle view.



64. Same place.



65. Facades.



66. Abbey Road Bergen style?



67. They are still not talking.



68. Large square next to the Fish Market.



69. Residential areas from the Floyen.



70. The area in the background is Skuteviken - once and industrial quarter full of timber buildings.


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Old August 30th, 2013, 04:04 PM   #105
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Wow I like those pictures with mist.

Is it cramped with tourists in summer?
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Old August 30th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #106
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Wow I like those pictures with mist.

Is it cramped with tourists in summer?
Yes it is. Hotels can be fully booked. Although most of the tourists seem to spend their time in Bryggen.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 04:17 PM   #107
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Wow I like those pictures with mist.

Is it cramped with tourists in summer?
Norway don't get that many tourists compared to elsewhere in Europe. It's probably due to a combination of our price level, climate, location at the edge of Europe and quite limited with attractions besides our nature. Bergen is probably the most touristy city in Norway though. The bryggen buildings is estimated to receive around 600.000 visitors annually (not unique visitors though as far as I'm aware), which makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway. The rest of the city is probably at about the same level in terms of visitors.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:11 PM   #108
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Amazing pictures! Thank you very much for sharing them with us. Bergen looks cosy and picturesque. Also, it is my perosnal favorite city in Norway.

P.S. when would you come to Stockholm?
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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #109
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Galro, since you seem to be an expert on all things Norwegian, do you know what that large brown timber villa in the middle of the picture is? I absolutely loved it, very impressive and unique architecture, something you'd expect to find on the German Baltic coast.



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Thanks. I don't know.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:22 PM   #110
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There are at least a dozen of your photo's in this thread I would like to use as my new wallpaper. Nice pictures of Bergen!
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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:25 PM   #111
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It's just a big mansion built in Swiss chalet style, a style which was very popular in the late 19th century/early 20th century in Norway. You will find many similar looking buildings scattered around old suburbs here in Oslo (ex). I don't think it is anything special about it.

Its address is Villaveien 1.
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You are talking about this building, right?



As mentioned, it is a quite common style in Norway from the period. There is even own name for this kind of buildings; "Sveitservilla", meaning Switzer mansion. Other examples:









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Yep, that's the one. Looks very German to me, maybe the Kaiser brought this style with him during his stays in Norway?
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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #114
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Yep, that's the one. Looks very German to me, maybe the Kaiser brought this style with him during his stays in Norway?
It was actually introduced to Norway by architect Linstow. Kaiser Wilhelm however "introduced" the Norwegian variant of style called Dragon style, which was a blend between Swiss chalet style and inspiration from the viking culture, to Germany with building a few buildings in that style in Postdam and Rominten.



I don't think the style ever caught on in Germany for anything else than Wilhelms own pet-projects though.
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As I said you'll find many such villas on German Baltic Coast.
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As I said you'll find many such villas on German Baltic Coast.
I think you misunderstood me. I may not have been very clear in my last post though.

What I intended to say was that architect Linstow introduced Swiss chalet style to Norway in the 1820s. We started after a while to combine this style with elements from our viking heritage due to renewed interest in it from mid 19th century and onwards. This resulted in a separate, but related architectural style called "Dragon Style" that was uniquely Norwegian/Scandinavian.

There are three common features of Dragon style buildings that are usually not found on Swiss chalet style:

- The usage of motives and features from Norse culture and buildings. A very common feature was dragon heads like on Norse longships, hence the name of the style.
- The usage of round logs in the construction of the walls like a log cabin, rather than planks like in a ordinary wooden building.
- Stepper roofs and more dramatic roof overhangs, although this was sometimes used on Swiss chalet style buildings in Norway too.

Kaiser Wilhelm liked this style which we saw on his trips to Norway, and commissioned a few building to be built in that style in Postdam and Rominten. I assume that the buildings you are referring to on German Baltic Coast are built in ordinary Swiss chalet style.

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No it's a different style - what Germans call Baderarchitektur and which you'll find all across the German Baltic region (and further including Poland and Lithuania).
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No it's a different style - what Germans call Baderarchitektur and which you'll find all across the German Baltic region (and further including Poland and Lithuania).
Okay, I'm not that familiar with the architecture in the area. However the building you saw in Bergen was built in Swiss chalet style at least, which in turns was the foundation of our Dragon style.
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They both are pretty similar, though.
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What an amazing city! I loved it and you have given us a great tour. Cant wait to return. Thanks for sharing!
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