The best free place to visit in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, is the UNESCO-heritage site, the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf area, where you’ll find rows of beautiful coloured wooden buildings, narrow alleyways, and the fish market. While you’re in the area, pick up a ‘schillingbolle’ or shilling bun as a snack (approx. $4). Food is pricey everywhere in Norway, but these warm, doughy cinnamon rolls are worth it.
Rosenkrantz Tower is a foreboding structure you can get a great view of from the outside (there’s a charge to enter).
Depending on the time of year you visit Bergen, the Leprosy Museum may or may not be open. During the times its buildings are closed, the grounds are free to wander around and you can check out these old wooden buildings from the 1700s.
There’s a fantastic view at the top of the Mount Floyen Funicular. Currently the #1 attraction on Trip Advisor for Bergen, it costs around $7 one-way, but if you don’t mind a bit of a hike, you can get there yourself. (For us, the view was much more worthwhile than the funicular ride). There are a lot of really nice, free forest walks you can do at the top.