Bergen proudly carries the title ‘Heerlijkheid’, which translates as both lordship and glory in English. And glorious, it is! The artist town earned its reputation from attracting artists of the Bergen School, and has continued to inspire painters, writers, poets and composers for over a century. Art and culture draw visitors from all over the globe thanks to the many museums and art galleries. The October art festival ‘Kunst10daagse’ attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, while the summer Holland Music Sessions and the jazz festival are other highlights.
Forest, dunes, beach
Traditionally, forest, dunes and beach appeal to visitors from home and abroad. The area offers countless opportunities for hiking, cycling or just relaxing by the shore. Visitors are spoilt for choice when choosing from the beach pavilions, many of which are open all year round.
CAFÉS AND RESTAURANTS
In the town centre of Bergen you’ll find a selection of cafés and restaurants, offering an ample choice of experiences, from relaxed, local cuisine to culinary highlights. See and be seen when strolling around the historic Ruïnekerk or relish an al fresco lunch at one of the restaurants with outdoor seating.
The area around Bergen also has a lot to offer visitors. The cheese market of the old centre of Alkmaar is just a few kilometres away, and Amsterdam can be reached quickly by car or public transport. The same goes for the historic Zuiderzee cities Hoorn and Enkhuizen, located on the IJsselmeer.
The range of possibilities and activities make Bergen a year-round destination, for short or longer stays!
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