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Haakon's Hall - Bymuseet i Bergen

Bergenhus, Bradbenken | Hordaland, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 479 79 577
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The Haakon's Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Haakon Haakonsson as a royal residence and banqueting hall. When his son Magnus Haakonsson Lagabote married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were invited. The King held court in the stone hall says the sagas. At that time Bergen was Norway's largest and most important city, and the Haakon's Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway's first complete set of laws. Inside the thick stone walls there are still echoes of the medieval court's solemn ceremonies and riotous feasts. As a national cultural monument,the Haakon's Hall is still used both for royal dinners and other official occasions. It is easy to spot where His Majesty the King usually sits. Closed during the Bergen International Festival, Christmas, Easter and on other special occasions. The King Håkon's hall is open all year round. Off season from 16 september until 14 may from 12 until 3, from 15 may until 15 september every day from 10 until 4.
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Bergenhus, Bradbenken | Hordaland, Bergen 5003, Norway
+47 479 79 577
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I took part in a reception hosted in the Hall for conference participants and must say the food was both traditional and innovative, well presented and served, and the setting outstanding.

Thank Kim8g
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very clean castle. Interesting history, great view of the harbour. Was the only one there, so had a nice stroll around unhindered.

Thank jackie d
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is part of the fortress up near the port and it's the site of where the Norwegian kings were crowned, we were told. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there. The exterior does look nice though.

Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Admittedly, the buildings that make up Bergen's castle district aren't anywhere close to the impressive grandeur of the palaces in many other cities. Nevertheless, what they do possess is a collective history that is important to the current generation. To that effect, Haakon's Hall, named...More

Thank ianwyj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth seeing but not a must see in my opinion. Staff nice and polite and happy to answer questions and offer wee bits of information

Thank Hugo R
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Historic site rebuilt after the war due to damage. Hosts concerts during the Festspillene-The Bergen Arts Festival.

Thank Jaerbu
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The size of this banqueting hall is impressive but it is mostly empty. Those with an interest in medieval history or architecture would find it more interesting. I will say that the gentleman at the information desk provided us with some background information that we...More

Thank H6551XMsharon
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

The fortress is worth visiting, and this is one of the interesting buildings to see. The history of this place is quite interesting, although there's not a lot to see. We enjoyed walking around the grounds and seeing these buildings up close. It was a...More

Thank ERFSU82
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.

2  Thank diana0618
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This was the coronation/feasting hall of King Haakon built around the mid 1200's. It is an impressive building for the period in which it was constructed and has been lovingly restored after serious damage in WW2.

2  Thank CaseyandSue
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