The city of Bergen has the honour of hosting The Tall Ships Races for the fourth time, 24-27 July 2014. The last time it hosted The Tall Ships Races was in 2008 and it still stands as the most attractive event ever in Bergen, with an estimated 500,000 visitors over four days.
Ships will sail in from the magnificent Byfjorden, to meet the harbor of Bergen in the heart of the many-sided city centre, surrounded by seven mountains.
Bergen has been an important port since the Middle Ages. Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Bergen is the main base for the Royal Norwegian Navy. Today it is both an international maritime city and a cultural hub for northern Europe.
2014 is also a special year for Norway. The 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution is being celebrated, and maritime Norway celebrates the 100th anniversary of its sail training ship, SS Statsraad Lehmkuhl.
Visitors to the quayside will enjoy activities for all ages, with free entertainment from three stages and entertainment from, and on board, the tall ships. Maritime cultural traditions combined with modern music and culture will be an emphasis of the cultural program. The strong and successful traditions of The Tall Ships Races will be supplemented by new attractions to strengthen the interest of the young people of today and the future.
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