To see Bryggen in contrast with the modern city and surrounding mountains, take one of the many boat trips on offer from Bergen’s harbour. Step into the past at Bryggen, the Hanseatic wharf of Norway’s second city. To locals, the 61 colourful wooden buildings of Bryggen are a reminder of Bergen’s history as a key trading post between Scandinavia and Western Europe, but to most tourists this part of the city is simply a beautiful area to explore and people-watch. Despite being ravaged by fire several times, the original medieval structures of Bryggen remain, thanks to substantial restoration works. Since Bryggen’s placement on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in 1979, the most recent restorations have focused on maintaining traditional construction methods and materials.