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Bergenhus Festning, Bergen
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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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  • Very interesting history. Terrific and taking a walk on the site. Very good place for concerts.
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  • You can walk around the grounds for free, but it's definitely worth the money to go inside the buildings. 
  • It seems to place went the political King of Haakon king capital prior to Oslo, Bergen was Norway's capital city, is located here. I felt the size of King Haakon's great Hall and made the King's authority. I think that the spot not to be missed if you go to the Bergen.
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  • The fortress is nice to walk around inside with however there is not a lot to see inside. However there are outdoor concerts here which are nice for special events. Otherwise the area is just a nice area to wander through and views of the port.
  • Authentic place close to the harbor, had a nice time visiting until (unannounced) they started a ceremony where they would fire cannons.. Those are really loud and with the world the way it is now, a lot of people were shook up. This happened at 12.00, so now you know people!
  • Definitely worth a visit since it is free. However, there isn't a lot to see with the construction going on, but the grounds are still nice.
  • Wonderful world -apart feeling of the antiquity of Bergen. We arrived after the buildings were closed for the day, which added to its mystery.
  • Beautiful grounds, but little information explaining the sights.