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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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Adjacent to the Hanseatic Quarter and a short walk from the fish market, the walls of Rosenkrantz tower hold a great deal of Bergen's history. The oldest parts date from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Brilliantly laid out, with a double staircase which helps with the number of people climbing up and down, and with interesting stopping points on the way up (and down) highlighting parts of the castle and related topics of history. We found it very informative and atmospheric (particularly as you start the tour in the basement near the dungeon!). Be aware... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Adjacent to the Hanseatic Quarter and a short walk from the fish market, the walls of Rosenkrantz tower hold a great deal of Bergen's history. The oldest parts date from the 1270's. The fortifications are from the 1500's and it was the residence of King Erik Magnusson, the last Norwegian king to hold court in Bergen. Climb the narrow passages... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

It's a hotch-potch a castle complex which has been extended in different styles over the centuries and then substantially destroyed during WWII. It has a distinct English feel to it, so if you've seen some well-preserved English castles, this is possibly missable. An English guided tour is offered through both old buildings of the castle complex, and without the guide's... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The tower is several levels of mostly empty rooms, although a few have medieval weapons literally lying around to be touched. Additional expositions in a couple of rooms. The views from the top are quite nice, but you do not really see Bryggen waterfront from this angle.

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Incredibly well presented historic site. I particularly liked the Royal hall it all its medieval glory.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Only opens in the summer; we were there in April and all we could do was stand in front of the locked door and pose for a picture. Interesting piece of history. Pity they are only open for a few months in the year.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

As the final part of a walking tour in Bergen, we visited this tower, the price already being included in our tour. It is an intriguing place with information about its various occupants and battles that occurred within Bergen and nearby. One room in particular showcases a local woman accused as a witch adding some local elements about the place.... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Funny old tower, a sort of patchwork of different periods and building styles, but interesting as a museum, and with a great view from the rooftop!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The tower, both for defence and residential, was built in the 1560's by a governor of the castle. The dungeon was a good place to start. We went self guided. Found plenty of useful information along the way and the directional signs first lead you up to the top through various rooms and then down through more rooms. We learnt... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We walked around the tower and took photos. There seemed less information than I expected. The huge Viking hall is close by.

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