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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen

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Address: Bergenhus Festning, Bergen 5003, Norway
Phone Number: +47 47 97 95 78
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Description: Close to Hakon’s Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is...
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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Lovely stroll,and walk back in time

The grounds are beautiful, and while entry to the tower is quite limited, it is a wonderful place to go to walk, think and take photographs. We were fortunate to see and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you like Castles, you don't want to miss a visit to the Tower. It's kind of labyrinthine, you enter from one door and can exit from another... It's a great place. The only snag I could find is that not every room had a description in English, but most have, so it's not a big deal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to have the guide give us an unscheduled tour. We just did the Tower and it was well worth the 70 KR. We didn't buy the Bergen card for today but it may have been worth it as we did a number of museums. The Tower really requires a guide as the history is extensive and interesting.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We went there to visit and the whole site is really well maintained and the explanations in the room are great...the only little problem was to try to follow the arrows that indicate the way...there were arrows everywhere! But we had great fun...and we could take some pictures getting dressed like knights! Really had a great time!

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east greenwich, rhode island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

The grounds are beautiful, and while entry to the tower is quite limited, it is a wonderful place to go to walk, think and take photographs. We were fortunate to see and photograph the tower from both sides of the harbor. Be sure to walk around and see how different the front and back are.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Being a cornerstone today for this fortress area the Tower overlooks the harbour and towards the wharfs and city. The views were all good at every level and the history was well disclosed with multi-language signage. Take a few minutes after to stroll the grounds of the fortress or venture into Haakon's Hall too.

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Gloucester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Wandered around the very beautiful gardens and looked at the tower and read the signs etc. It was a lovely walk and very nicely set out on the main route in to Bergen from the port. The tower is only open on Sunday's so was closed when we were there. And they appeared to be setting up for private function... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We felt lucky to be staying next to the Tower in Thon Bryggen Hotel, and on a Sunday when it was open, being the first customers of the day. We largely had the tower to ourselves to explore at our own pace. Good display of its long history and easy to follow and great view of harbour from the top.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Truly its in such great condition that you can imagine stepping back in time. The stonework is so well done and preserved. Its very nice to see.

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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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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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