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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 yesterday

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

Thank Hugo R
Reviewed 6 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Ingrid80302
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If so, this is the place for you. Had a tour by a local guide which was quite good. So many rooms off the spiral staircases and a great view of Bergen from the roof. Worth a visit.

1  Thank pebblebeach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a short walk from Bryggen wharf, the tower fronts the fort. You can walk around the site with ease, or visit during open hours for access inside

1  Thank codym481
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tower looks out of place next to the other buildings in the area, but I think it was built back in King Haakon's reign and was part of his Hall, it is very sturdy and has withstood storms from the North Sea

1  Thank lesleywr
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

The tower itself is not particularly exciting, but its history is interesting, and a stroll in and around the tower is like a trip back in time. It's definitely worth a visit to wander around the fortress, the tower, and the surrounding grounds. You'll also...More

1  Thank ERFSU82
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The story of this place and the surrounding grounds were interesting and made for a lovely walk too. It is worth a visit as you walk down the boardwalk of wood buildings.

1  Thank Khakijo
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Massive old fortress, very interesting to see, the building is quite amazing lots of stairs though, but the view is beautiful over the harbour.

1  Thank handbagtraveller
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