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Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

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Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Our family will be in Bergen on June 12 as a stop an 11-night Norway fjord cruise. My husband and 7-year old son really enjoy WWII history, and I have found a few of the Atlantic wall bunkers the Germans built are in the area: Hellen fort and Fjell fortress to name a couple. Does anyone know of an organized tour (preferably a private tour) that visits the bunkers? Or is there an easy way to access them using public transportation?

Are there any additional suggestions on places in and around Bergen to visit for WWII history?

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Cheltenham, United...
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1. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Might be worth an email to the person that has created this website

www.wartourist.eu/places_overview_gb.htm

At the bottom of the page it says details of Fjell fortress will be published 'shortly'.

Email address is on the 'Intro' page.

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2. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Fjell festning (see guiding hours and other details):

http://fjellfestning.museumvest.no/

https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fjell_festning

Fjell festning was one of the biggest in WW2.

Hellen fort is not so big I think.

Perhaps go to Sandviksbatteriet instead, a nice hike with a fine panorama

https://peakbook.org/hbar/tour/241412/Sandviksbatteriet+-+the+steep+route+with+a+detour.html

https:/…

Berlin, Germany
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3. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Additional sight: May be you want to visit Herdla Museum with a real WWII fighter aircraft. Island Herdla was built up and used for defending the submarine harbor "Bruno" in Bergen.

http://herdlamuseum.museumvest.no/en/

infos around "Bruno": battlefieldsww2.com/bergen-u-boat-bunker.html

A very detailed old map of German "Atlantikwall" in South Norway you can find here:

https://bit.ly/2uWqDyP

More places and stories you will find in and around Stavanger and closer to Oslo also in Rjukan (fylke Telemark) - story about "heavy water".

Talking about history: Much older than this war-related stuff is the common history of "Hanse". This relates to the time when Bergen's UNESCO world heritage (Tyske-)Bryggen was established.

https:/…Hanseatic_League

Edited: 05 April 2018, 13:24
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4. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

In Matre, some hour drive north from Bergen along E39, you have the Bjørn West museum, the London lead guerrilla base operating in the area during the war:

http://www.bjornwest.no

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjørn_West

Houston, Texas
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5. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Thank you all for your suggestions! I'm sure they will find something they'll enjoy!

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6. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Hey there! If you want to do something a little more 'off the beaten track', when I used to visit the in-laws in Olsvik (a suburb in Bergen) I'd venture off to a bunker that on a mountain there. It's nothing grand like you'd find in museums and on tours, but it's a bunker nonetheless. You can find it at the end of Fæsteråsen in Olsvik.

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7. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

Thank you for the suggestion of a site closer to Bergen. I'll definitely take a look!

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8. Re: Visiting WWII bunkers/history sites around Bergen

If you want somewhere really close to Bergen, go with the Bergen Fortress located at the city centre just next to Bryggen. It was used as a base for the Nazis during WWII and has a great big blue bunker leftover right in the middle of it. You can't go inside or anything, but it's there and the whole park as lots of buildings and tunnels left over from WWII. Here's some more info: https:/…

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