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Rosenkrantz Tower

Bergenhus, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 55 31 43 80
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Ranked #18 of 58 attractions in Bergen
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Close to Hakon’s Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is considered one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of the... more » Owner description: Close to Hakon’s Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is considered one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of the tower are from the 1270s, but it has been extended on several occasions for the purpose of fortification and as a demonstration of power to the independent-minded Hanseatic traders. If you climb up the narrow and dark flights of stairs you can climb right up on to the roof, which still provides impressive views. The tower was built in the 1560s by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, and served as a combined residence and fortifi ed tower. Earlier structures – King Magnus the Lawmender’s keep from about 1260 and Jorgen Hansson’s defence from about 1520, were incorporated in the tower. 1.6.-31.8.: Café. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Very interesting set of towers. Narrow staircase leading to various rooms in the old castle. Well labeled in multiple languages. Fun to see what came at each floor.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This tower once commanded the harbor 800 years ago. Its cannons were to scare off the pirates and also to watch the German trade union by the wharf. You will need a guidebook or a guide to really make it come alive. Make sure you take the spiral stairs down from the top floor.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Interesting self guided tour with plenty of explanations about the tower and its function. Nice views of the town from the top as well

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This four story tower is worth a visit. You can see the large public room where the King received his guests, and above it, his bedroom. On the top floor is an outside walkway with nice views of Bergen. It is a small but important Norwegian relic from the middle ages, although it hardly matches similar sites in England or... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The tower and associated buildings are very important places worth visiting if you want to understand and relive some of the history of Bergen.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

The Rosenkrantz tower is a historic link way back to the 13th century, having been built in the 1560's on the site of a previous fort. The tower now provides a winding stone staircase up a number of floors, with each floor having a room or rooms with descriptions of their past use. Finally, you emerge onto a walkway around... More

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

Close to the entrance to Bergen harbour rises this defensive tower from 1560. Built by Erik Rosenkrantz, governor of Bergen Castle. On each floor there are displays about his life and a narrow spiral staircase takes you up four floors to the roof. Outside you have a great view across the neighbouring Haakon's Hall and beyond to the cruise ships.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

well worth the fee and the visit. windy staircases take you to different rooms in this thick - walled castle. great view from the top

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a well preserved 1560 castle that offers a nice look into the history of Bergen. There is much to explore and the rooms offer good information about construction and life style through the ages. A word of caution the steps are narrow and dark so be aware. Also it is not well marked so be sure to find... More

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

to the ship we detoured to this place. Great old building with a somber plaque on the outer wall {See Pic}. Well worth the detour and the grounds are ideal to rest tired feet for a while,go see I think you will enjoy.

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