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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen

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Address: Bergenhus Festning | Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen 5003, Norway
Phone Number: +47 47 97 95 78
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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.-15.9.: Café. Off season the Tower is only open on Sundays. During the season the Tower is open every day.

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Unfortunately, the tower was closed when we visited Bergen. However we could still walk around the outside to get a good impression of it. A tour would have been very useful, to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
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Hunter Valley, Australia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This tower houses a museum which gives you an insight into the past. The layout is fun because you got o all the different levels and rooms of the tower when following the tour. The top has wonderful views of Bergen.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting site, however we decided not to pay to get inside after others had told us it wasn't very interesting. On the outside you can explore ruins and read plaques about what happened on the site.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Visit the Rosenkratz Tower first as the entry ticket gives you a free hot drink in the nearby café. Regardless of this, from the outside the tower looks deceptively small. Inside is a maze of circular and straight staircases which lead you down into the cellar/dungeon, then up floor by floor to the top viewing gallery. The original tower was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Originally built in 1270's and extended on over the years. Was used as a residence for kings. Dungeons were apparently well used as well. Right on the water front in Bergen you can just wander around the area for free and take in the history and great views over the water. Tours in winter are only on Sunday afternoons.

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately, the tower was closed when we visited Bergen. However we could still walk around the outside to get a good impression of it. A tour would have been very useful, to put everything into context as well as provide some more detailed history.

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1 Thank Shaun D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Take the tour that includes this tower and Haakon's Hall. It helps to understand the history of this location.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This was an "add on" to our trip out to Gamle Bergen to make the most of our Bergen Card. It turned out to be an unexpected surprise. The castle itself is quite imposing & impressive, but it is also considerably larger than we were expecting. We kept climbing onto more & more levels each with 2 or 3 separate... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The hall is an old castle that dates back to 12th century, so from it has lots of historical value. I could imagine that this was used for feast for the Royal family. There is a piano display near the stairway and a dungeon as a secret passage which we did not attempt to finish all the way to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

it was a lovely evening but not much else to do but stroll around and look at the outside . not sure when it's open. no signs in english

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

In Norways history,so worth a view.Built as a fortress but has had other uses once as a monastery !!!!Didnt have time to climb to the top as only on a shore stop from a cruise ship.

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