Bergenhus Festning, Bergen

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#6 of 13 in Historic Sites in Bergen
Step back in time at Bergenhus Festning, one of the oldest fortresses in Norway containing buildings dating back to the 13th century. Located in the city center, the fortress is part of an extensive park complex, ideal for exploring, having a picnic, or enjoying the harbor view. The grounds contain a medieval stone hall that was severely damaged in World War II, which now serves as a museum and occasionally provides space for concerts and banquets. The other notable structure within this complex is a tower used for storing gunpowder until the 1930s. To visit Bergenhus Festning on your holiday in Bergen, and find out what else Bergen has to offer, use our Bergen family vacation planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    A nice fortress with fine hiking opportunities. The kids thought it was great fun to see and sit on the guns that are lined up inside the Park. Is and the opportunity for guided tour.
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  • August 11, 2017
    You must decide how to share his time. We have seen only the fortress here. Through the information panels, you get a good impression.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Located at the entrance to the harbour. From the old town on foot, cruise ships also often invest in the neighborhood. Already the walking tour of the grounds is interesting, you can see some impressive building even closer discussed here on TripAdvisor. Also, you can see the strength of the system, which guarded the Harbour and was never captured. The entrance fee for the Interior is well spent. You can find out about the history of the city well, even the architecture is interesting.
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  • July 9, 2017
    Cool fortress. There's a great view of the city and water out on the point. No negatives...Just not that large of a place.
  • June 12, 2017
    This place was really cool. Interesting history for sure, but I had a ball walking around the various corridors. There's not much room here for you to move around. Those with physical conditions or elderly may want to stay clear as there are steep stairs, low doorways, uneven pathways of stone.
  • July 4, 2017
    Oldest place I have ever been. Good view. Worth the admission which is very reasonable.
  • June 4, 2017
    Nice views over Bergen. Price to visit tower too high. Pleasant walks in grounds. Good photo opportunities.
  • July 19, 2017
    Cool fortress on the end of the harbor. Use the Bergen Pass though or this really isn't worth it

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