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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen

Address: Bergenhus Festning, Bergen 5003, Norway
Phone Number: +47 47 97 95 78
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Ranked #17 of 56 Attractions in Bergen
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Close to Hakon’s Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is considered one of the most...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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.

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Gloucester
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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Adelaide, Australia
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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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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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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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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Nice area to walk around and visit the tower and with nice views of the harbour areas. Well worth a visit before heading further into the harbour and shops

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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

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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