bergen – to hold or to be rescued from


Berghütte am Mont Blanc 3800 m


Imagine you’re sitting on the top of Mont Blanc in this modern mountain hut rescue. Does it hold a potential risk – ein Risiko bergen – or would you feel sicher und geborgen “save and secure” amongst the other visitors? What about if someone stole your boots?


As always you’ll come across many different and confusing meanings of birgt, with the past tense barg  from bergen which is pronounced just like the Norwegian port town or the large Rucksack BERGEN.


How can you articulate that something is holding a potential risk, for example,
  • a climbing route  ein Klettersteig birgt einige Gefahren – holds some potential dangers.
  • a river – ein Fluß kann Gemeinisse bergen – can  holds secrets.
  • or a substance  – der Stoff birgt keine Schadstoffe –  holds or contains no pollutants.
  • to save people – Menschen bergen
  • to rescue dead or alive – tot oder lebendig bergen 


  • to recover dead bodies: Leichen bergen 


Manchmal geht die Bergungsaktion schief. Sometimes the rescue operation goes wrong.

Die starke Strömung hindert die Taucher daran, die Leichen zu bergen. — “Strong current prevents the divers from recovering the corpses”.


A rescue operation” can turn complicated  – eine komplizierte Bergungsaktion and often has a component such as
  • Ladung, Schiff, Fahrzeug bergen “to salvage cargo, ship, vehicle.”
  • um die Einsatzstelle zu räumen — “in order to clear the site.”


Nach alldem ist man froh, wenn man sicher und geboren Zuhause ankommt. After all that, we’re glad when we get home safe and sound.
Ich hoffe, dass du dich glücklich und geborgen fühlst. “I hope you feel happy and secure!”
 Bis zum nächsten Mal! See you next time!

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