Gamlehaugen is the residence of the royal family of Norway in Bergen. It is one of the notable landmarks in Bergen city.
It is rare to see a place of such historical relevance and current residence to the royal family so freely accessible to the public. There is no security, parking hassles or unnecessary frills unlike many other royal or official homes around the world. The ambiance is so relaxing and inviting that you will see many families and groups enjoying by its beach or garden.
If you are planning to spend 24 hours in Bergen, Gamlehaugen should be one of your stops. Take a quick tour of the building. The interior of the castle will surprise you with its architectural marvel. The Neo-Renaissance furniture adds such a class to the interior decor. You will see the heavy influence of the Dutch Baroque style.
Travel Tip : Check opening days of Gamlehaugen before planning your trip as it remains closed for a couple of days in a week. Details mentioned below.
Complete guide to Gamlehauge
1. History of Gamlehaugen
2. How to get to Gamlehaugen
3. Opening hours
4. Things to do at Gamlehaugen
5. Places to see near Gamlehaugen
History of Gamlehaugen
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Gamlehaugen is the Royal House in the city of Bergen, Norway. The royal It has quite a history dating back to a few centuries! It was initially farmland which was later developed into a massive building. The mansion was owned by wealthiest of people in Norway until in 1885 Christian Michelson, who later became the first prime minister of Norway, bought and renovated the property. He spent the rest of his life in this beautiful building.
After the death of Christian Michelson, a national fundraiser was started for the mansion’s upkeep. However, the target was not meet, yet the government continued to maintain the site. Several prominent Politicians and dignitaries have resided in this magnificent building.
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How to get to Gamlehaugen
There are three ways to reach Gamlehaugen from bergen
Taxies in Norway are pretty expensive in Norway. If you do not have a budget constraint, you opt for a cab which, of course, the quickest and easiest way to reach your destination.
Bus line -51 will take you to the site. Approx. Distance from Bergen to Gamlehaugen is 16kms. It is the most efficient and economical way of transportation.
Tram Line 1- You will have to get down at Fantoft and walk for a 1.6 km to reach your destination. There is no direct Tramline for Gamlehaugen.
The castle is open for selective days in a week Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday from 12.00
The castle remains closed on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.
The Museum is open for visitors during June, July & August.
Gamlehaugen: The land Mark
Things to do in Gamlehaugen
Gamlehaugen is an excellent place to chill out in the summer. Unlike the White House or Buckingham palace, there are no security guards, protocols, or any drama what so ever. You can walk in and have a nice chilled out day.
Unfortunately, when I went to the castle, it was being renovated. Hence couldn’t get an entry in the main building. But I had a good time exploring the massive gardens and beach. When the castle is open, you can go for a guided tour. The building has a library, music room, and a lovely garden.
Bring your picnic basket, take a dip in the sea, or sunbathe and relax on the lush English landscaped garden.
Places to see near Gamlehaugen
Here is a list of 10 things to do near Gamlehaugen. Click the link for details.
- Fantoft Stavkirke
- Bergen Science Centre
- Mt Floyen
- Fantoft Stave Church
- Kode Art Museum
- Bergen Fish Market
- Leprosy Museum
- ST. John’s Church
- University Museum of Bergen
- Mt. Ulriken
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