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Rosenkrantz Tower

Bergenhus, Bergen 5003, Norway
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Ranked #20 of 64 Attractions in Bergen
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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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.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The gardens were lovely to wander around. We didn't go into the Tower (too late in the day), but it was interesting to walk around outside (and free). Didn't really understand the significance of the building though - not a lot of information available. It does give you a chance to see Bergen from a different angle

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Really well preserved fortress from the 15th century but lacked enough information to contextualise it's existence and purpose. Make sure you get all the way to the rooftop walkway for great views of Bergen. Entry included in the Bergen card.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Nice area to walk around and visit the tower and with nice views of the harbour areas. Well worth a visit before heading further into the harbour and shops

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

And low and behold it is scottish. Great views over the old town and harbour. Interesting history. Needs an audio guide

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It was a good stroll back through history to walk through the narrow corridors of this old tower. Worth a stop if spending some time in Bergen.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The tower itself was closed when we were there but the grounds around the tower were open for touring and picture taking. I might have rated this higher if we were able to get inside.

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Caddington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited as part of an excursion so didn't really have enough time to explore and experience the history which was such a shame and well worth a revisit.

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stopped here for a quick look around, didn't get much of a chance to see much as we were pushed for time, next time we will, from what I saw is worth a visit, as with all Norwegian history, always interesting.

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Lanarkshir Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you like climbing medieval towers, this on is tops, with lots of rebuildings and odd bits added and subtracted, View from the roof is brilliant. In our case, cruise ship Braemar was tied up just across the road. One for the album.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We did not climb the tower as we had done the Funicular, but the grounds are very nice and your gain a good view of the harbor.

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