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Address: Bergenhus, Bradbenken | Hordaland, Bergen 5003, Norway
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+47 479 79 577
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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The Haakon's Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was...

The Haakon's Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Haakon Haakonsson as a royal residence and banqueting hall. When his son Magnus Haakonsson Lagabote married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were invited. The King held court in the stone hall says the sagas. At that time Bergen was Norway's largest and most important city, and the Haakon's Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway's first complete set of laws. Inside the thick stone walls there are still echoes of the medieval court's solemn ceremonies and riotous feasts. As a national cultural monument,the Haakon's Hall is still used both for royal dinners and other official occasions. It is easy to spot where His Majesty the King usually sits. Closed during the Bergen International Festival, Christmas, Easter and on other special occasions. The King Håkon's hall is open all year round. Off season from 16 september until 14 may from 12 until 3, from 15 may until 15 september every day from 10 until 4.

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Interesting history from when it was built in the 1200s until it sustained severe damage from a harbor explosion in the 1940s. That said, it's fairly overpriced even by Norwegian... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2016
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This was the coronation/feasting hall of King Haakon built around the mid 1200's. It is an impressive building for the period in which it was constructed and has been lovingly restored after serious damage in WW2.

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Brick, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Interesting history from when it was built in the 1200s until it sustained severe damage from a harbor explosion in the 1940s. That said, it's fairly overpriced even by Norwegian standards, being that there isn't a ton to see and the fact that the hall itself was filled with rows of Ikea-esque seats, which took away from the experience. No... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

My group met here daily in this beautiful old structure, lots of history and lovely example of an old fort... Nice, park like grounds. Recommend taking a walk around.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Not sure why this building contains thousands of chairs. But there is very little else to see. Shop has some photos of the carnage that a huge explosion caused in WWII (possibly accidentally). Building has been reconstructed. Really big hall with nothing in it! All-in-all a big and average warehouse!! Part of Bergen Pass collection.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Haakon's Hall is located inside the Bergenhus Fortress and was built between 1247 and 1261. It is spectacular to visit and even more so to hear the stories behind this huge hall. Unique place which is a mst see.

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Greater Noida, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

A wonderful building constructed with stone and wood. With no pillars to support this massive hall is unique in more than one way. Coronation place of yesteryears.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Haakon's hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bergen and is well worth a visit if you are interested in learning about the history of Bergen and Norway in general.

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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

It's near Rosenkranz tower and must see. When you enter the hall, it's just wow. It's a spectacular, majestic room with other areas to be explored. A must see

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

We got the Bergen pass and went in for free. It is a large empty hall but the history around it is interesting especially if you also visit the town museum nearby. There are still about 150 civilian people working around the fortress surrounded by a little park by the harbour. On the day we went, the hall was empty... More 

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

A very old tower which has been rebuilt and renovated. Quite steep stairs and passage ways around the tower between the various chambers – without any real ‘signposting’ to lead one through it all. Part of the Bergen castle and hall structures. Worth a visit if you are into ancient structures.

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