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Visiting Bergenhuss Fortress

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Located in the harbor gates of Bergen, this fort is one of the oldest and the best preserved stone fort in Norway. This building was built since 1240, the construction was recently made after the Second World War. The extent of this area is enclosed since 19th century. Bergenhus Fortress is under the command of Royal Norwegian Navy which has approximately 150 soldiers there.

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Bergenhuss Fortress Tours

Bergenhuss Fortress Tours

Bergenhus Museum

Bergenhus Museum

The museum was built as a dedication for the fighters who had fought in the World War IIin 1940 to 1945. In 1996, Commandant of Bergenhus Fortress initiated the release of the depot building for museum purposes. The museum was opened by Gunnar Sønsteby on 9 April 2006 with three exhibitions featured. The exhibitions area Women`s contribution to the Norwegian Armed Forces, The resistance movement in and around Bergen 1940-45 and The history of Bergenhus Fortress.

Haakon's Hall

Haakon's Hall

The name of Haakon's Hall in the center of Bergen was taken from the builder, King Håkon Håkonsson. This hall was constructed between 1247 and 1261 and it was used as “The Stone Hall” for wedding and the coronation of King Magnus Lagabøte (Lawmender), the son of King Hakon. Haakon's Hall was the largest and the impressing building in 'Holmen' the royal residence. Holmen is the center of the Norwegian Kingdom politics in 13th century. This building was used for the big events in history and for practical use. Today, Haakon's Hall is managed by Bergen City Museum and it is occasionally used for concerts, especially choir song and chamber music and for banquets, mainly for official functions.

Rosenkrantz Tower

Rosenkrantz Tower

The name of this tower was taken from a governor, Erik Rosenkrantz. He was the Bergenhus Fortress Governor since 1560 until 1568. The oldest part of this building is the tower which is built in medieval era under the command of King Magnus Lawmender as the part of Palace in Bergen. Rosenkrantz building consists of dungeons on the ground floor, rooms for governor and cannon's position on the top floor. In 1966, the whole building of Rosenkrantz tower has been open to the general public. Today, the tower is well-known as a tourist attraction. There is a guided tour in summer in Rosenkrantz tower.

Bergenhuss Fortress Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

There is no entry charge in Bergenhus Fortress.

How To Get Around?

Getting around Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is easy. You can take a fun walk while enjoying the surrounding view or use boat to see the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf from water.

What Should I Wear?

You can wear clothes depend on the weather condition when you are visiting Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf. In summer you can wear: denim, t-shirt, trousers, cool clothes with comfortable footwear or flip-flop. Sunglasses and sunscreen are important things to bring in summer. While in winter: long coat, sweater, jacket with boots can be the good option. Do not forget to bring gloves, wooly hat and scarf to make your look fashionable in winter. Also to keep you warm since you will be in the port area.

Bergenhuss Fortress Facts

Best Time to Visit

July and August have high temperature 14.3 ° C (57.7 ° F) and 14.1 ° C (57.4 ° F). May is the month with the least precipitation. In May, there are many events hosted in Bergen, it can the best time to visit. However, June, July and August are also the best summer month to visit Bergen. In early June, there is Hanseatic Days Celebration in Bryggen. Make sure you the schedule of this events by visiting the official website of Bryggen or the government's website.


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Will I Need a Guide?

The walls of Bergenhus Fortress are high, and some of them are not secured. Be careful when walking along the fortress walls, and keep a close eye on children.

How To Get There?

If you are planning to visit Bergen by using airplane; you can use bus, taxi or the City Light Trail from Bergen Airport Flesland If you are in the city center, you can take a stroll from Fish Market since it is in the middle of the city. From the other city, Bergenhus Fortress can be accessed by bus, train, car and taxi. If you are planning to use train, you can take the train from Oslo to Bergen. During your travel using Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen, you will discover some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway. The Bergen Railway from Oslo to Bergen is Northern Europe's highest railway. The journey includes some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway.

Additional Info

The walls of Bergenhus Fortress are high, and some of them are not secured. Be careful when walking along the fortress walls, and keep a close eye on children.

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