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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen

Bergenhus Festning | Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 479 79 578
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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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Bergenhus Festning | Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 479 79 578
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Whilst in Bergen, we decided to visit the Rosenkrantz Tower just down from the historical Bryggen area early in the morning prior to the cruise ship / tour groups arrived. To get into the castle grounds it is free entry, however, if you wish to...More

Thank Indy215
Reviewed 6 days ago

The place is very well preserved, and part of a compound of other old buildings like the Bergen Hus.

Thank GabyML1301
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gives you some wonderful history of Bergen, the royalty and an amazing view of the harbor. You will love the walk and history.

1  Thank ebaldock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tower is actually separate from the fortress and has a different entrance. There was a lot of information but I liked that. However, there are a lot of stairs as the tower is about 5 storeys, which may not be okay for everybody. Overall,...More

1  Thank jencoco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an ancient castle built right along the Bryggen waterfront. You can walk completely through the place for a small entrance fee. You tour by yourself and can really explore all the nooks and carneys. There are great signs ands explanations in the various...More

3  Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With foundations that are approximately 700 years old, the Rosenkrantz Tower easily stands out amongst all the buildings that line the Bryggen. It was originally the site of King Erik Magnusson's court when he ruled from Bergen. Its current design, however, dates back to the...More

1  Thank ianwyj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of tight wee corridors and spiral staircases take you onto all levels of the tower. Each room has lots of really good interpretation boards as well as some artefacts

1  Thank Hugo R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only enjoyed this old castlefrom the outside! It is attractive to look at and set near some lovely parkland. Very close to the Cruise berths.

1  Thank Barry S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit dreary, and watch your step as there is lots of climbing poorly-lighted circular staircases, but this is a fascinating look at the lives of Norwegian royalty and officialdom. Try on the helmets that have bee positioned in several rooms; it will give you...More

1  Thank well-traveled88
Reviewed June 14, 2017

We arrived at the tower at 9am right when it opened. We were able to visit the entirety of the tower without any other visitors. It is a fun walk up and down old winding staircases. The rooms have fun and interesting exhibits and the...More

2  Thank Ingrid80302
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