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Damsgaard Manor - Bymuseet i Bergen

Alleen 29 | Laksevaag, Bergen 5160, Norway
+47 479 79 584
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Bergen was a large, busy and rich town at the end of the 18th century. Amongst the aristocracy it was popular to build luxurious countryside retreats for entertainment, recreation and perhaps a bit of farming. Around 1800 there were as many as 70 of these retreats in the surroundings of Bergen. The finest of them all was Damsgaard, which unashamedly presented its splendid, castle-like facade towards both the shipping lanes and the town. Damsgaard was built in the 1770s for the Minister of War; Gyldenkrantz. From 1983 to 1993 major protection, conservation and restoration work was carried out. The interiors provide an outstanding example of a Bergen country retreat from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the garden has been recreated to show what it might have been like in the 1780's, with authentic ornamental plants, vegetables, herbs, bushes, trees, statues and drinking fountains. Damsgaard Manor is the most important example of Rococo architecture in Norway, and is perhaps the best preserved wooden building in Europe from this period.
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1 Sep 2015
“Interesting tour”
31 Jul 2014
“Not to be missed!”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Alleen 29 | Laksevaag, Bergen 5160, Norway
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

Make sure you arrive in time for a guided tour. Knowledgable guide. Interesting to see the house restored to how it would have been in previous times.

1  Thank Strathbogie13
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Possibly the best preserved wooden building from 18th-century Europe, in rococo style rarely seen in wood, this charming manor house tops my list of places to visit in Bergen. Only four stops on the bus, it's easy to get to and has a small cafe...More

7  Thank OxfordZeds
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Well worth the visit to a classic home in Bergen. Only opened in the summer season, they give tours in Norwegian and English. Interesting to see how they displayed the wallpaper used in the home over the years. The small garden on the outside is...More

4  Thank HappyNorwegians
Reviewed 20 September 2011

This building from the 17 th century was rebuilt around 1770 in rococco style for a norwegian noble man with dutch roots called Gyldenkrantz. At his death in 1795 the house was actioned away to one of the riches man in norway called Jansson. His...More

6  Thank Luckylus
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