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Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

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Address: Bergenhus, Bradbenken, Bergen, Norway
Phone Number: 47 97 95 77
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Description: The Haakon’s Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was...
The Haakon’s Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Haakon Haakonsson as a royal residence and banqueting hall. When his son Magnus Haakonsson Lagabote married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were invited. The King held court in the stone hall says the sagas. At that time Bergen was Norway’s largest and most important city, and the Haakon’s Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway’s first complete set of laws. Inside the thick stone walls there are still echoes of the medieval court’s solemn ceremonies and riotous feasts. As a national cultural monument,the Haakon’s Hall is still used both for royal dinners and other official occasions. It is easy to spot where His Majesty the King usually sits. Closed during the Bergen International Festival, Christmas, Easter and on other special occasions.
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Great for Your Imagination

After entering into the hall you place yourself back in time and try to imagine the different functions and events that might have graced these walls. If you have the Bergen/pass... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

After entering into the hall you place yourself back in time and try to imagine the different functions and events that might have graced these walls. If you have the Bergen/pass card use it here to enhance your purchase. Make sure you stroll the grounds surrounding view the other buildings and the Cannon too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The remarkable " The Stone Hall " for the great occastions in the history of the monachy. Before you reach the main hall, you have to pass the reception pillars. I love this room with arched stones. However, the Stone Hall is so amazing; just simply grand, old wooden floor and strong heavy stone, a great combination. And above your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Nicely restored hall which is interesting to read the history in the leaflet you get on entry, in a choice of languages. Doesn't take long but worth a stop if you have a Bergen card. Could be combined with a visit to Rosenkrantz tower.

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The hall is definitely a sight to see. It can easily be used in a medieval feast scene in a movie. However, there is only the one room to see, so do not bargain on spending too much time here. We had a Bergen pass and entered for free, but I'm not sure if it would be worth buying entrance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Hall started life as a royal reception facility and still is today although it has had several other uses in its very long history. It is not a museum and there are no exhibits. However we opted for a guided tour and were glad we did. The guide provided the info we needed to appreciate the building. We were... More 

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The absolute highlight is its massive reception hall with a wood ship hull style ceiling. To give you a concept of the hall’s size, a Danish Princess was married in the late 13th century and they had over 2000 guests in this hall !

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This site is right by the cruise terminal, so we went in for NOK 50 each. A large hall built in the 1200's by King Hakon, it has been destroyed and rebuilt a few times (last destroyed in WWII). The current renovation is excellent and the hall is impressive for what it is. A large empty space with a magnificent... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Hakon's hall was built by King Håkon Håkonsson in the 1200's. It is a huge banqueting hall with impressively large windows at either end and a soaring wooden roof. Make sure you go down to the undercroft below. Even today it is occasionally used for royal functions. Entrance is 40kr, and the hall is located right beside the Rosenkrantz tower.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

When you walk into the actual hall of Håkon's Hall you'll be stunned by its beauty. The towering cathedral ceilings are quite breathtaking, and you can only imagine what it must have been like during a giant royal banquet hundreds of years ago. As an empty room, it doesn't take so long to see, but it is worth the effort... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The main hall is very impressive and is still used for functions by the royal family. There are lots of stairs and different rooms to explore which are set out with wooden tables and chairs. Visitors can go right down to the cellar level which is very interesting.

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