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“Historic Stone Castle Tower”

Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen
Ranked #19 of 146 things to do in Bergen
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The Rosenkrantz Tower is well worth the stop and tour. There are several levels that you get to climb down and primarily up to. It is very interesting. The interiors of the spaces are rather spartan and plain but there are several exhibits displayed along the way that are worth going through. At the top you can walk right out on the roof for a great view out over the Bergen Harbor and city front. Take the self guided tour and enjoy all of the history.

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We found this site very interesting. Some advised us not to bother. Happy we checked it out for ourselves. Stairs inside are steep and narrow however. The readings in each room told the history of the tower. Wish there were a booklet published with more information. Check it out--

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

The Rosenkrantz Tower is placed in downtown, close to the harbour. I am not sure how much authenticity was preserved in this building during its numerous reconstructions... But when cross the threshold the visitors get all they have expected for such a place: cold and silent stone walls, narrow passages and stairs, a bit romance... It is interesting.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Rainy day, so we headed inside rather than up Ulriken as we'd planned. Interesting collection of things inside - some rooms barer than other, but we enjoyed tracing the various stage of the buildings history and getting out on the roof was great. Worth it if you have the time.

1  Thank Clare M
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We could not visit the tower as it was closed, but the castle was very interesting. There are lts of rooms to explore and it is still in use by the Norwegian Royalty today for private events.

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