Bergenhus Fortress
Bergenhus Fortress
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Håkon´s Hall: The main building in Norway's first castle, built between 1247 and 1261 by King Håkon Håkonsson as a royal residence and banquet hall. The Rosenkrantz Tower: Regarded as the most important Renaissance monument in Norway. The Rosenkrantz Tower was the residence of one of Norway’s most significant kings, Magnus the Lawmender, in the 13th century. Parts of the tower are from the 1270s and were built by Mangus the Lawmender Håkonsson, but it has been extended several times for pursposes of fortification and offices for the govenors of Bergen. In the 16th century it became the governor´s castle.
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  • Departure49545363889
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bergen, a city worth a visit.
    The Bergenhus fortress is very clean around the grounds, and beautiful views of the harbour. Just be aware of the area where the statue is, overlooking the harbour. There is a sheer drop which is hard to see from the grass verge of the footpath to the road below. No fence at all. Very dangerous in my view, especially for children. Minimum signage warning you about this.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, Washington8,222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile visit
    One of the first castles built for the King of Norway in the 12th century. Well preserved and maintained structure. There is a wall from the 11th century. Well worth a visit and so much more when visited with a knowledgeable guide to tell the story.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Neve321
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to explore
    We weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. We went with our two kids (ages 10 and 12). It was right before closing time, so we only had time to explore the keep. There also weren't many people around at that time of the day (it was a self-led tour). This suited my kids who (instead of just following the recommended 1-way path) ran all over the place exploring. There were plenty of nooks and crannies, some 'secret' passages connecting different floors, and even a dungeon. The flyer we received was only available in Norwegian, but we were able to figure out roughly what most rooms were used for (there was no real furniture in the castle). The keep included a public toilet (downstairs in the dungeon area), which was useful. You can also go all the way up to the ramparts on the roof which gives you a lovely view of the harbour. It took us about half an hour to explore the keep.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,933 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The significance of the fortress is rather not in itself.
    The significance of the Bergenhus fortress is rather not in itself, but in the place where it is located, and 2 preserved buildings of the XIII century - the era of the Magnusson kings. Then this place was called Holmen and there was a royal residence, a cathedral, a Dominican monastery and other buildings. From those times, only the Rosencrantz Tower (circa 1270) remains, in which Magnusson the Legislator's bedroom is preserved, and the Royal Hall, today known as Haakon's Hall (circa 1260), in Norwegian Håkonshallen. Hakonshallen is the oldest and largest secular medieval building in Norway. The architecture of this building in the Gothic style is not typical for Norway, so there are suggestions that it was built by invited English architects. The fortress itself appeared during the Danish rule. During the Nazi occupation, the fortress was used by the Wehrmacht, which built a bunker on the territory of the fortress. The Dutch ship that exploded on the raid in 1944 severely damaged the buildings of the fortress. The entrance to the fortress is free except on days when some holidays are held here. At the same time, part of the fortress territory is still used by the Norwegian military. But in my opinion it doesn't bother tourists much. Just like the Arsenal in Venice..
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 18, 2024
  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,619 contributions
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    Historical site in centre of Bergen
    We enjoyed walking around the outside part of this fortress. There is a tower but seemed only to be open on weekends. There is a higher point where you get a harbour view. Sheer drops off the edge of the wall are marked with warning signs. So mind your children yourself.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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Sophie M
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I enjoyed walking around Bergenhus Fortress. The building were super interesting to see. Unfortunately, there were a lot of renovations going on while I was there so a number of things weren't open. However, if you do go, I highly recommend going to the top of Sverresborg, where you can get some awesome views of Bergen. It's a fun walk up there too.
Written January 7, 2023
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Penny C
Perth, Australia22 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
The resistance museum is incredible. It’s very well presented, and really hits home to see the bravery and hardship experienced. I would recommend anyone visit. It is free but you can donate to the serviceman’s/ woman’s fund. Lots of information available in English, and a great section on women’s contribution.
Written February 27, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The significance of the Bergenhus fortress is rather not in itself, but in the place where it is located, and 2 preserved buildings of the XIII century - the era of the Magnusson kings. Then this place was called Holmen and there was a royal residence, a cathedral, a Dominican monastery and other buildings. From those times, only the Rosencrantz Tower (circa 1270) remains, in which Magnusson the Legislator's bedroom is preserved, and the Royal Hall, today known as Haakon's Hall (circa 1260), in Norwegian Håkonshallen. Hakonshallen is the oldest and largest secular medieval building in Norway. The architecture of this building in the Gothic style is not typical for Norway, so there are suggestions that it was built by invited English architects. The fortress itself appeared during the Danish rule. During the Nazi occupation, the fortress was used by the Wehrmacht, which built a bunker on the territory of the fortress. The Dutch ship that exploded on the raid in 1944 severely damaged the buildings of the fortress. The entrance to the fortress is free except on days when some holidays are held here. At the same time, part of the fortress territory is still used by the Norwegian military. But in my opinion it doesn't bother tourists much. Just like the Arsenal in Venice..
Written February 18, 2024
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Neve321
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. We went with our two kids (ages 10 and 12). It was right before closing time, so we only had time to explore the keep. There also weren't many people around at that time of the day (it was a self-led tour). This suited my kids who (instead of just following the recommended 1-way path) ran all over the place exploring. There were plenty of nooks and crannies, some 'secret' passages connecting different floors, and even a dungeon. The flyer we received was only available in Norwegian, but we were able to figure out roughly what most rooms were used for (there was no real furniture in the castle).
The keep included a public toilet (downstairs in the dungeon area), which was useful. You can also go all the way up to the ramparts on the roof which gives you a lovely view of the harbour. It took us about half an hour to explore the keep.
Written September 19, 2023
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed walking around the outside part of this fortress. There is a tower but seemed only to be open on weekends. There is a higher point where you get a harbour view. Sheer drops off the edge of the wall are marked with warning signs. So mind your children yourself.
Written April 4, 2024
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Departure49545363889
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Bergenhus fortress is very clean around the grounds, and beautiful views of the harbour. Just be aware of the area where the statue is, overlooking the harbour. There is a sheer drop which is hard to see from the grass verge of the footpath to the road below. No fence at all. Very dangerous in my view, especially for children. Minimum signage warning you about this.
Written August 5, 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
One of the first castles built for the King of Norway in the 12th century.

Well preserved and maintained structure.

There is a wall from the 11th century.

Well worth a visit and so much more when visited with a knowledgeable guide to tell the story.
Written September 13, 2023
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HEF2013
Edmond135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Bergen is one of the most expensive ports we've ever visited - but on the fortress site is a free museum (with free coffee, no less) of the Norwegian resistance in WWII. You will find guns, uniforms, newpaper articles, stories of Norway's efforts to free themselves. A somber history of some brave souls.
Written September 11, 2013
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JMP
England, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
good cheap way of seeing some of Bergen there are extra parts to pay to get into however you can enjoy the fort just milling about the grounds!
a great little way to relax and save some money maybe, it also looks fantastic by night!
Written October 13, 2013
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,679 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
Bergen Fortress or Berngenhus Festning to give it its local name is a park full of historic remains at the head of Bergen Harbour. It is now set in well manicured grounds with cannons and defensive walls circling the park. For 40kr you can visit the two main buildings in the grounds. The Rosenkrantz Tower has parts which date back to 1270 when it was Bergen Castle. From the top you get a great view across the harbour and the neighbouring Haakon's Hall. This hall was build for King Haakon in the 13th C and even today is used for the occasional royal event. The hall has a soaring wooden roof and an undercroft you can visit.
Written June 27, 2014
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