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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bymuseet i Bergen

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Address: Bergenhus Festning | Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen 5003, Norway
Phone Number: +47 479 79 578
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09:00 - 16:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Close to Hakon's Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is...

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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We went to Rosenkrantz Tower and Bergen fortress while visiting Bergen. We had the Bergen card so it was free to explore. Follow the arrows to make sure you do not miss any... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Great experience and a unique insight into the local history. You can't leave Bergen without visiting the tower and the great hall.

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Bergen, Norway
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Went there yesterday with my boyfriend. We checked opening hours online where it says you are open until 16 PM on Saturdays. We were there at 15.45 and the place was already closed. The sign at the door even says 16 PM. There was no note explaining the reason for early closing which makes me think this is a frequent... More 

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We went to Rosenkrantz Tower and Bergen fortress while visiting Bergen. We had the Bergen card so it was free to explore. Follow the arrows to make sure you do not miss any rooms. It was neat to learn the history of the tower and to walk the grounds. Most of the rooms did not have much furniture to look... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Not among the greatest of fortress towers, but impressive from the outside. Bergen Pass allows entry. Would have been disappointed to pay full price on the door, at the equivalent of £12 each! A number of empty floors, roof closed off (temporarily) for renovation. Some memorabilia to wear. Top floor has good history of Battle of Vagen. A lot of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Rosenkrantz Tower known by the locals as the Kep by the Sea was interesting for its historic value as a defensive tower. These days it is only a tourist attraction.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

An interesting insight into the early settlement years. Friendly staff and well written signage and guidebook.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is on the harbourside, a few minutes from the Radisson Blu. Entry was £12 per adult I think. The route through the tower is well laid out, starting in the basement and heading up to the top floor. Each room has a description of its function and in some there are exhibits or replica arms and armour to try... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The museum at this fortress concerns military history including Resistance in WW2 which we think was previously housed elsewheree. It had interest but you need to be aware that there is not much in English.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I wish we'd been able to take a guided tour, but this was still an interesting visit. There is a path to follow through the 4 floors of the tower and a couple of built in exhibits that were interesting. The roof was closed - it's being renovated.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Good site of historic old hall. Me and the kids both enjoyed. Quite an impressive site given the age the original was built.

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