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Rosenkrantz Tower

Bergenhus, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 55 31 43 80
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Ranked #19 of 61 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed spending a couple of hours here learning about the history of the tower, as well as some aspects of Norwegian history that are not well-known, at least in America. The displays are well-done, and we especially enjoyed the upper floors that dealt with everyday life in Bergen centuries earlier. Everything was posted in English as well as Norwegian,... More

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We didn't have enough time to spend here as we would have liked.Very interesting history with lots of floors & rooms to explore.Get into training to tackle the numerous stone staircases to the battlements - well worth the effort!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This place was like an ancient castle, with spiral stone staircases, and many levels of rooms, quite mysterious. There were many rooms. Without looking at the map, it would be hard to figure out the layout of the place. From the roof top of the tower where you can get to, you get a great view of the harbor!

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