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Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

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A stone hall worthy of a king Hakonshallen is more than seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Hakon Hakonsson between 1247 and 1261 as a royal residence and feasting hall. When the king’s son Magnus Hakonsson Lagabøte married the...more
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Bergenhus, Bradbenken | Hordaland, Bergen 5003, Norway
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This place is not so big, so you can easily do it in 20-30 mins. Good introduction to the Norwegian medieval history (from the well-known Vikings). The introductory documentary that visitors can watch at the beginning of the tour was very helpful.

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

Interesting history from when it was built in the 1200s until it sustained severe damage from a harbor explosion in the 1940s. That said, it's fairly overpriced even by Norwegian standards, being that there isn't a ton to see and the fact that the hall...More

2  Thank RobNYR
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area and building is interesting to visit and provides an awareness of the significance Bergen has played in the history of Scandinavia and the world.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice grounds around this place, but not much to see. A lot more to do in Bergen besides this unless you have lots of time.

Thank JRM10009
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was devastated by a blast in 1944 if I am not mistaken, reconstructed now which is obvious, but you can easily imagine how huge it was (and still is) when it was built. Below it is also amazingly large area with lot of tables...More

Thank Filotije
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This is worth a short visit. The hall is named after its first builder King Hakon Hakonsson. My visit included a tour guide who gave us a short history of the hall including the changes it went through over the years.

Thank Marcia B
Reviewed 10 September 2018

A lot of it is big rooms with chairs but the last room was worth it a huge banqueting room with large window

Thank 62Kathy52
Reviewed 9 September 2018

This would be a pleasant venue for a special event, but there is very little to see, for which you will pay $10-$20, depending on your age or if you have already paid for another Bergen museum. Save your $$$.

Thank gosmart07
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Make sure you do the tour. They will explain you the history of the hall and some stories around it.

Thank Julien K
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Same as the Rosenkrantz tower o.k. if you have extra time otherwise skip it.Not as many stairs or as steep as the tower.

Thank scitchie
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Fairly pricey to see one large hall where only sidewalls remain from a few centuries ago, so not medieval. Got to listen in to guide which made it more interesting.

Thank Otto L
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the fortress and decided to take a tour through Haakon’s Hall. Informative tour and knowledgeable guide who talked us through the history of the former capital’s fortress and main hall which was used for banquets and other meetings. It is close by the fish...More

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