If you’re planning a trip to Bergen, make sure to add Haakon’s Hall (Håkonshallen) to your itinerary. This impressive 13th-century Gothic building is a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing a bit of Bergen’s medieval history.

A Royal Residence and Banquet Hall

Haakon’s Hall was built as part of the Bergenhus fortress for King Håkon Håkonsson. It served as a royal residence and banquet hall, hosting important events such as weddings and coronations. Despite being damaged by fire on several occasions, including the explosion of a nearby munitions ship during World War II, the hall has been renovated and restored to its former glory.

Explore the Vaulted Chambers

During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the vaulted chambers of the basement. These chambers feature thin slit windows, narrow doors, and equally narrow stone stairways that will transport you back in time. As you explore the basement, you’ll get a sense of what life was like in medieval Bergen.

Marvel at the Great Hall

After exploring the basement, make your way upstairs to the Great Hall. This expansive room is furnished with the Royal High Table against an arcaded wall at one end and the Musicians’ Gallery at the other. The wooden floors, exposed rafter ceiling, decorative corbels, and pillars create a stunning atmosphere that will take your breath away.

The Great Hall also houses several 20th-century tapestries, including:

  • The High-Seat Carpet (Høyseteteppet) by Synøve Aurdal
  • The Calendar Stick (Primstaven) by Sigrun Berg

These tapestries add an extra layer of beauty and history to the already impressive hall.

Plan Your Visit

Haakon’s Hall is located at Bergenhus Fortress, making it easy to combine with other attractions in the area. Admission for adults is 100 NOK, while children ages 15 and under can enter for free. Be sure to check the museum website for additional ticket options and discounts.

Don’t miss the opportunity to step back in time and experience a piece of Bergen’s medieval history at Haakon’s Hall. This stunning building is a testament to the city’s rich past and is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

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