Our pick #4
Nestled along mountainous coastline carpeted in dense forest, Norway's second-largest city is one of its most appealing. Bergen is home to a historic, UNESCO-listed wharf, one of the first places you'll want to head on arrival in the city. Crammed with charm, from the cobbled streets to the colourful wooden houses, Bergen combines history with modern living thanks to its lovingly preserved port and thriving cultural life. The city also boasts a healthy offering of restaurants, cafes, museums and art galleries. Its reputation as a predictably rainy destination is well-deserved but that doesn't dampen the mood of the proud and friendly locals who add to the easy-going character of the place.