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Bergenhus Festning

Bergenhus, Bergen, Norway (Vågen)
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Ranked #24 of 61 Attractions in Bergen
Type: Castles
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22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Hidden behind the fortress this is one of the very few museums that is free to visit. The ground floor currently has a tribute to women in the Norwegian armed forces from Viking days to the present. There is an explanation booklet in English and other languages that can be borrowed and returned to the entrance. The displays upstairs on... More

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Bergen - the city-port open to the world. The city in which there is always a lot of positive. The city is full of young and smiling people. Geared towards tourists. In addition to many interesting places to visit during the day (Bryggen, Fisketorget, Sandviken with a unique wooden houses, fortress Bergenhus and many others), Bergen offers an unforgettable ambiance... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

If you want to get a taste of Bergen's past, head to the large park which is in the grounds of the former fortress at the head of the harbour. In amongst carefully manicured lawns are foundations dating back to the early 1200's. There are rows of cannons and a couple of museums. It is a wonderfully peaceful place to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Lovely place with a great view of the water! My husband and I really wanted to go into the tower, but be aware that it is only open on Sundays for a few hours up until mid-May. We liked walking around the landscape, though!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is a lovely site particularly when the weather is good. This would be our secret tip for Bergen as it's beautiful and totally free. What's not to love!

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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We didn't actually make it into the main fort, but if you're in Bergen it's well worth checking out the military museum which is tucked away slightly off the beaten path behind the Thon Hotel Brygge. I never knew much about Norway's World War 2 history but this museum was very informative with a lot of great things to see... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I went to see the free museum which is part of this site as it has an exhibit on Jews in WWII but found so much more. Fascinating section on women through the ages and their role in Norwegian combat as well as Norway through WWII and the insurgency. Spent a good her and a half looking at the various... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This fortress contains buildings dating as far back as the 1240's, and I was exceptionally surprised with the incredible condition and presentation of this location. Even though it was having a few renovations to it at the time, we were totally exhilarated by the main hall and the architectural features throughout. You must allow yourself at least 2 - 3... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The fortress was a more interesting stop than we anticipated. We saw both Haakons Hall and Rosencrantz Tower, both of which were mostly empty but had great medieval ambiance. Good tip: We asked about tours running when we bought our tickets, and we ended up getting a private guided tour of both buildings for free! Without the guide, we wouldn't... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We walked around the grounds of the fortress - this is only a minute away from the wharf. The views of the ships and boats in the harbour is nice. The tower and the hall were closed as we were there at the wrong time but we coudl see some miliary buildings from outside. There is even a German WW2... More

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