will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"Castrum Tunsbergis: the tower" Tønsberg Things to Do Tip by Cristian_Uluru

Tønsberg Things to Do: 14 reviews and 14 photos

  The tower
by Cristian_Uluru

The main tower of the castle was finished in 1276 for King Magnus Hakonsson and he started to build the castle from 1280.
The castle was named Tunsberghus from 1340's. The encircling walls were then modernised with round flanking towers. The castle lost its importance as a royal residence after 1350 but kept its function as an administative and military centre of a large hinterland.
After 1503 the ruins of the castle were destroyed and used as building material in the town and at Jarlsberg Manor. On a map from 1707 the castle is named Ruineret Slot (Ruined Castle).
The present tower was erected in 1888. About 1/10 of the castle area was excavated by archaeologists in 1877, 1898 and 1924-1933.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Aug 30, 2005
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 5 1
Forum Rank:
0 0 3 8 6

Have you been to Tønsberg?

  Share Your Travels