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The Fløibanen funicular railway

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Dating back to the 1910s, the distinctly Ruritanian lower terminus of the Fløibanen funicular railway on Vetrlidsallmenningen is a delightful introduction to one of the city’s major attractions, whose trains shuttle passengers up to the top of Mount Fløyen – “The Vane” – at 320m above sea level. When the weather is fine, you get a bird’s-eye view of Bergen and its surroundings from the plateau-summit, and here also is a large and popular café-restaurant. Afterwards, you can walk back down to the city in about 45 minutes, or push on into the woods along several well-marked, colour-coded footpaths (pick up free trail maps of the summit at the lower terminal). The shortest and perhaps the most enjoyable is the 1.6km-loop trail to Skomakerdiket lake and back.

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