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Rosenkrantz Tower

Bergenhus, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 55 31 43 80
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Ranked #17 of 60 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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Wiesbaden, Germany
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36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

I was suprised at how much room was in this tower! Outside it doesn't look that big, but once inside there is lots to explore. A nice view up top, with an interesting little history museum on the top floor mkes this tower worth a visit. FYI the stairs on the upper floors are quite steep for those who this... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was a lovely place to visit, with wonderful views over Bergen from the Ramparts outside. The tower itself was an interesting building, with several rppms to investigate, and lots of winding stairs. The guides were really helpful and interesting to listen to. Voucher obtained to have free cup of tea or coffee in adjoinign cafe , where it was... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We stumbled upon this after the hall. The tower is pretty cool. You follow the little red arrows around the place and you get told about the history of the building. Up at the very top you get to go out onto the roof and have a lovely view of the city and harbour. Don't step out if you're afraid... More

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New Zealand
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

One large hall was built in the 12th century so was of great interest, and it is an impressive fort, well worth the visit. Nice view of the harbour - some old sailing ships sailed in while we were there.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

In truth, we decided to see the Rosenkrantz Tower just to get out of the rain. We spent FAR more time there than we planned and that is a positive comment. The Tower has a long history, has some really interesting historical exhibits, with descriptions in both Norwegian and English. Our "30 minutes to be out of the rain" plan... More

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Boston, MA
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
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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