Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

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Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen
3.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Visit the King Hakon’s Hall. Short introductions are offered before you start your tour. Hakon’s Hall is over 750 years old and is packed with history. Through its golden age, decay and resurrection. The hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by King Hakon Hakonsson as a royal residence and banquet hall. This was important to the king as his own coronation ceremony was held in a big boat shed. It apparently rained a lot in Bergen even in the Middle Ages! When the King’s son, Magnus Hakonsson the Lawmender, married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, tables were set for 2,000 persons in three different buildings. According to the sagas, ‘The Kings kept their courts in the stone hall’. At the time, Bergen was Norway’s biggest and most important city, and Hakon’s Hall was the scene of many important national political events.
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1-2 hours
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Kato122
Cambridge, UK252 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Striking grand hall and lower chambers, with rugs and modern tapestries. Worth a visit. There is a guided pre-visit talk but we chose not to attend this. Clearly a music venue too.
Written August 22, 2020
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Booije
Moss, Norway17 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Nice place for people who read up on the history of the place, what has happened there, but if you are not interested in history it is not worth it. Lower levels not interesting, just filled with chairs and tables.
Written August 2, 2020
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Sian
London, UK602 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The Hall is a little bit outside of the centre of Bergen but is very easy to find - just keep walking past Bryggen along the harbour for about 5 - 10 minutes until you see it on your right. It's an absolutely beautiful building and worth walking to - we didn't go in though as we heard there wasn't much inside.
Written July 19, 2020
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ozzie5melbourne
Melbourne473 contributions
Feb 2020
Not really worth it unless you have the Bergen card. Otherwise it’s 100nok basically to see the hall. Ok it’s lovely but it’s all a reconstruction after the 1944 fire.
Written February 16, 2020
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Jay Santos
Makati, Philippines1,052 contributions
Oct 2019
Agree that this will not be too "worth" it if you'll just walk in and pay the full price. It is bundle with other promotional tour, etc then go ahead.

The history of the hall itself was interesting and worth reading about it afterwards.
Written November 1, 2019
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Terry A
Tempe, AZ36 contributions
Aug 2019
I was in awe the entire time I was in this hall. This is a great piece of history. The ceiling / roof construction is absolutely amazing. I'd come back here in a heart beat. This is a must see!
Written October 10, 2019
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ttgoodwin
10 contributions
Oct 2019
I really enjoyed seeing this very old building, but not sure it would have been worth paying full price as there's not much to see inside. Combining it with stops at St. Mary's church, the Fortress Museum and the Bryggen Museum worked well as they're all in the same area and have overlapping stories.
Written October 7, 2019
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irawine
Benicia, CA507 contributions
Jul 2019
This is an important building in the history of Bergen. The main hall of the building is fairly impressive and the views from the outside of the building overlooking the water are very nice.There are some things to see in the basement area, but, the main hall is the star attraction.
Written September 25, 2019
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Sue S
Kingston, Canada266 contributions
Jul 2019
I arrived just a few minutes before closing time and was blessed with an empty impressive hall with low-toned music emanating from above. It was truly magical ! I can only imagine what it must have been like hundreds of years ago. Felt like a Game of Thrones episode. Well worth a visit!
Written September 6, 2019
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Marty Bielicki
Jensen Beach, FL13,167 contributions
Jul 2019
Haakon’s Hall is part of the Bergenhus Fortress which is located just beyond the famous Bryggen area. Viewing the Fortress is free, but there is a charge for seeing the Haakon’s Hall and Rozenkrantz Tower nearby.

Understanding the history is as important as seeing the Haakon’s Hall itself. There are guided tours.

The complex was built in the 13th century when Bergen was the capital of Norway. Haakon’s Hall was designed in Gothic style and most probably by English architects. It was used as a secular hall for weddings and banquets even back then.

There are several levels. The top level is the massive hall. It is quite impressive and should not be missed. This hall was actually destroyed during WWII when a ship exploded nearby. Only the walls remained. It was rebuilt and opened in 1961, the 700th anniversary of its beginning. Taking photos inside was no problem.

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Written September 5, 2019
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