Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen
3.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Visit the King Hakon’s Hall. Short introductions are offered before you start your tour. Hakon’s Hall is over 750 years old and is packed with history. Through its golden age, decay and resurrection. The hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by King Hakon Hakonsson as a royal residence and banquet hall. This was important to the king as his own coronation ceremony was held in a big boat shed. It apparently rained a lot in Bergen even in the Middle Ages! When the King’s son, Magnus Hakonsson the Lawmender, married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, tables were set for 2,000 persons in three different buildings. According to the sagas, ‘The Kings kept their courts in the stone hall’. At the time, Bergen was Norway’s biggest and most important city, and Hakon’s Hall was the scene of many important national political events.
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Anon8815
Trenton, NJ767 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We didn't really see or learn much from this museum. We could imagine it having one hell of a party back in the day but other than that, there wasn't much.
Written 10 April 2024
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rtdood
Manchester, UK225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I came back to visit this as a few days before it was closed for a private function (apparently this can be a common thing, as rooms can be rented out to host various conferences and events - so just be warned).

It basically consists of 2 parts once you have your ticket from the admissions desk.

You get to have a walk round some of the old rooms and marvel at the thick stone walls and massive pillars. Some of these have tables and chairs which have been set up are more for events than for visitor use. There are some small points of interest in each room, which are quiet sparing, relating to the history such as seals and coats of arms. I didn't spend too long here as a result.

The final part I saw was the hall itself, gotta admit, its pretty impressive. As another review mentioned it feels a little bit like the great hall in the Harry Potter movies. Massive wooden arched beams above, table and high chairs at one end, ornate glass windows, heavy hardwood floor and a flowing tapestry around on the right wall. There was also some Viking/old Norse music playing in the hall as well to help highlight this was the royal seat of power in Norway for a period.

And well that concluded looking around. Didn't spend over an hour here, but still interesting enough for someone interested in history. I did purchase a small booklet in English which gives further detail to the history of the fortress and history. Staff was also helpful.
Written 4 November 2023
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DLee13
Washington, DC177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
It’s a big, reconstructed room - “what we think it might have looked like.” Everyone was friendly, but not really much to see here.

Recommend using the time to visit the Tower and the awesome Fortress Museum nearby, which includes the best exhibit on the Norwegian WWII resistance that I viewed during my trip.
Written 6 July 2023
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WanakaWitch
Wanaka, New Zealand238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Great walk around the area and the hall is very interesting to visit. Worth looking at and seeing life in the middleages
Written 11 September 2022
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Kirsty L
London, UK100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Not too much to see downstairs but the hall is wonderful. It really reminded us of the Great Hall from Harry Potter (even coming from one non-HP fan).

No signage around the building so make sure you read the leaflet. Some other reviewers mentioned a tour but I saw no mention of this anywhere.
Written 24 August 2022
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Kato122
Cambridge, UK299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Striking grand hall and lower chambers, with rugs and modern tapestries. Worth a visit. There is a guided pre-visit talk but we chose not to attend this. Clearly a music venue too.
Written 22 August 2020
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Booije
Moss, Norway17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Nice place for people who read up on the history of the place, what has happened there, but if you are not interested in history it is not worth it. Lower levels not interesting, just filled with chairs and tables.
Written 2 August 2020
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Siân
London, UK609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The Hall is a little bit outside of the centre of Bergen but is very easy to find - just keep walking past Bryggen along the harbour for about 5 - 10 minutes until you see it on your right. It's an absolutely beautiful building and worth walking to - we didn't go in though as we heard there wasn't much inside.
Written 19 July 2020
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ozzie5melbourne
Melbourne475 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Not really worth it unless you have the Bergen card. Otherwise it’s 100nok basically to see the hall. Ok it’s lovely but it’s all a reconstruction after the 1944 fire.
Written 16 February 2020
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Jay Santos
Makati, Philippines1,231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Agree that this will not be too "worth" it if you'll just walk in and pay the full price. It is bundle with other promotional tour, etc then go ahead.

The history of the hall itself was interesting and worth reading about it afterwards.
Written 1 November 2019
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