Bergenhus Festning, Bergen

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#6 of 16 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. Add Bergenhus Festning to your Bergen travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Bergen journey planning app .
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  • Especially look at nothing but the Central Hall is simply magnificent! Imagine what could happen here.
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  • This is a majestic part of the the old fortress. I did not go in and only learned later that there is access in till 11:pm. It is open from early morning till late in the evening. Still, it is very im...  more »
  • Great medieval building hiding many historical events... The inside does not show much, but is worth a visit anyway.  more »
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  • Very nice park for a walk or just enjoying some of Bergen's many breathtaking views. Has free public toilets and a English pasty wagon selling tasty treats. It closes at night so make sure to check the visiting hours!
  • Nice area to walk around and learn a bit of Bergen's history. Plenty of info plaques to read and walkways to explore. Great views of the harbour as well!
  • Historic site. Quite compact and intetesting to visit. Thete are two separate buildings totally worth visiting: Rozenkranz tower and Haakonshall. There are remnants of other historical buildings on the dite and a little grass patch with en elevated tamp and platform overlooking the harbour. Be aware of the ramp - it doesn't have safety railing and it's at least 3-4 meters fall on the other side (norwegian style).
  • Nice place to walk through. Lots of history. The free museum was fun to walk through.
  • Wonderful place to to watch the old fortress and get an oversight over Bergen and all the cruise ships is om port. I defently advice people who have not been in Bergen before to go there and look. It's totalt FREE!! At night it lights up and is so beautiful. You wont regret the little walk around there ;-)

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As a major Norwegian city, Bergen offers accommodations--and just about everything else--at a high price. Try to stay in the picturesque Bryggen wharf area near the fish market, or in the city center. If you’re looking for lively nightlife, check out rooms close to the city’s university. To find less-expensive lodging, search for hostels in the city center and campsites just out of town. Alternatively, live like a local by staying in a small guesthouse.
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