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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
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A good way to spend a couple of hours, as you wander through all the different rooms it tells you the history of the building and it's occupants. Great view from the roof over the... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

nice views, but average interesting museum.You just walk up and down stairs and visit different rooms with very little inside to see. The views from the top is good,

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

A good way to spend a couple of hours, as you wander through all the different rooms it tells you the history of the building and it's occupants. Great view from the roof over the harbour. Remember to get your ticket at the desk that gets you into other linked attractions fro half price if you don't have a Bergen... More 

1 Thank AFL63
Sydney, Australia
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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.

1 Thank Ame U
Bergen, Norway
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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 

1 Thank LindaTalberg
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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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 

2 Thank Kabingha
St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
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 

Thank Chris S
Brisbane, Australia
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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.

Thank Bruce H
Newport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

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

1 Thank CarolynHerb30
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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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