The witches of Old Bergen


Old Bergen

If you remember the 1990 film Witches, based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, then this is where the first part was filmed.  It is called Gamle (or ‘old’) Bergen and is around four kilometres out of the city centre.

You can get a bus up there from the city (numbers 3,4,5 and 83 go there. It’s quite easy; look for Nyhavnsveien on the board) or you can walk if you want to save the 41 krone bus fare.

old Game Bergen

The place is laid out in the style of old Bergen and you will find actors milling about the place in character and eager to show you round ‘their’ houses and tell you about their life in 19th century Bergen (in English).

I thought it was well worth the (somewhat steep) 80 krone entrance fee, although if you really don’t want to pay that you can just wander around the grounds a little and there’s a nice picnic area if the weather is good.

Old Game Bergen

In the story Luke (Jasen Fisher in the movie) goes to Bergen to be with his Grandmother where she tells him stories about witches, including a gruesome tale about someone who became locked in a painting after meeting a witch.

The action then moves back to England, where much of the rest of the movie was filmed (at the Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall).

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie but the book is an excellent read for children.  Apparently they changed the ending for the movie, which to me is a travesty.

old Game Bergen

Maybe best to just stick to the book.  Gamle Bergen is worth a visit though.

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  1. I visited there on the 16th August 2015 after finding out about it being used for the Witches film. I had grown up with the movie and had it on my phone to watch. I had visited Norway for 5 days and stayed in Bergen for 3 of those days. While laying in my hotel, I suddenly remembered that some of the book and film was set in Norway, but thought it was Oslo. I couldn’t believe the coincidence when I found out on Google that it was filmed in Bergen, literally just a short bus ride away. I have taken film of it and will put it on You Tube

    • Yes I always love finding places where favourite movies were filmed. That was a nice place; it’s over a year ago since I went but it was nice. The rest of the Witches movie was filmed in Cornwall.

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