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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen

Bergenhus Festning | Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 479 79 578
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Worth the entrance fee to explore all the rooms and displays and climb to the top. The three of us... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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This is a historic location for protection of the town. There is a self guided tour of the tower... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hurricane, Utah
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the entrance fee to explore all the rooms and displays and climb to the top. The three of us entered at 2pm but had to scurry out when it closed at 3pm and we missed some. The red arrows were helpful directing where to...More

Thank samjay23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a historic location for protection of the town. There is a self guided tour of the tower that explains the functions of this site, its history and reconstruction after damage in WWII.

Thank R Y K
Reviewed 7 January 2018

it was a fun visit. lots of rooms and levels in thcastle to explore, and a lot of explanations of the history and people associated with the castle, plus good views over Bryggen from the top. well worth an hour of your time in Bergen

1  Thank evets1232016
Reviewed 29 December 2017

We arrived there 30 minutes before closing time and the lady at the reception allowed us to do the short tour. It was renovated with the goal of preserving its charm. The roof will give you the Bergen bay area.

Thank beachperfect
Reviewed 13 December 2017

This is very interesting for several reasons. Built in the mid 16th century it is one of the most important medieval structures in Norway, thought parts of the tower are considerable older. Serving as both fort and residence it was occupied as late as the end of...More

1  Thank CATTSAR
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Very interesting to walk through the rooms and histories told on the way up to the top of the tower.

Thank VidarNilsen
Reviewed 12 November 2017

If you visit the Rosenkrantztower make sure you can get into the Håkonshall aswell with the ticket, then you have a nice 2h max tour in the Bergenhouse Fortress. The tower is build a bit like a maze, so if you go with kids, keep...More

Thank JanSmithSchneider
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Love how Americans think 16/1700's are old. Amazing to see such old architecture. Right on edge of city, so easy to get to. Historic.

1  Thank Margit G
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We walked around the area but couldn't go in the tower (too late). It has a nice view of the harbor.

Thank judyAlabama
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We made sure we were in Bergen on a Sunday which was the only day the Tower is open in the fall, and I’m so glad. It was very fun to climb, both because it’s a bit of a maze (down first, then up and...More

1  Thank Angela837
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