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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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I really enjoyed my visit to the hall of the medieval king of Norway. Beautiful building, good guides, and an interesting museum. The view from the Rosenkranz Tower is stunning!

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

I really enjoyed my visit to the hall of the medieval king of Norway. Beautiful building, good guides, and an interesting museum. The view from the Rosenkranz Tower is stunning!

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

Our ship was along side this. Pleasant visit but could contain a bit more for tourists, it is more a huge function hall now.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The hall is quite stark on the inside with various levels and many are set with long tables with chairs suggesting it is used a lot for functions. At least it is interesting architecturally and historically and it takes only a few minutes to see all there is to see. Small entrance fee. Helpful young attendants.

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Stoke On Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Entry was free as we had purchased a 24hr Bergen card. We were given a free booklet guide to read as we looked around and which was ours to take away. Some very interesting architectural points to be noted. We even managed to tag onto one of the free guided tours! Short but sweet visit!

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The hall(s) is small and there is not much to see. It's interesting history wise, but easy to skip if little time.

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Aalst, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We walked in this area and enjoyed this medieval fort. This site is right by the cruise terminal. A large hall built by King Haakon. Destroyed and rebuilt several times. Don't use too much of your time for this building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The first builder was King Hakon Hakonsson, who began construction in 1247, completing the works in 1261. The hall was built for great occasions, but apparently it also had practical daily use. Our guide explained the hall's history as we moved from one area to another. In 1944 a German ammunition ship blew up in the harbour nearby and the... More 

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Lahti, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I was lucky because we had a city reception in the King’s banqueting hall. It was perfect place for such an event and at the same time we received some historical information.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

While the history of Haakon's Hall is interesting and beautiful, the actual visit was unremarkable. The space is largely an event space, and without a guided tour, we admittedly probably missed some of the significance. That being said, we had read up on its history and could probably have skipped it altogether. Luckily we had the Bergen Pass, which covered... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This hall was interesting, but a little missable. If you don't have much time, skip this and check out the tower next door. We did enjoy looking around and reading the brochure, but probably would have gotten more if they had offered us a tour when we arrived. We noticed later that they did give tours, they just didn't offer... More 

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