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Gamlehaugen Castle: A Day of Architecture, Gardens, and Lakeside Picnic

Today on a cold yet sunny day near Bergen, my family and I stumbled upon an unexpected gem - Gamlehaugen Castle. Our journey wasn’t planned; it was a delightful detour that led us to explore the rich history, stunning architecture, and picturesque landscapes surrounding this Norwegian treasure.

Architecture that Transcends Time

Gamlehaugen Castle, located outside the centre of Bergen near Troldhaugen,it boasts a timeless architectural marvel.

Owned by the state and managed by western Norway regional office of the Directorate of Public Construction and Property, the building is at the disposal of the King.

The state rooms on the ground floor are open to the public during the summer. The castle’s structure, with its distinctive blend of historical and modern elements, reflects the captivating history of Norway.

Royal Residency and Ownership

Foto: Gorm Kallestad / Scanpix

The property once home of renowned Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, it was purchased by shipowner and statesman Christian Michelsen in 1898, and the construction of his private residence was completed around the turn of the century.Today its owned by the Norwegian royal family and Gamlehaugen Castle serves as a residence for the king when he visits Bergen. This regal connection adds an extra layer of significance to the castle, making it a place where history and contemporary royalty seamlessly coexist.

Enchanting Gardens and Tranquil Lake

Gamlehaugen is framed by a beautiful English-landscaped park, adorned with a lush, varied selection of shrubbery, flowers and trees. The park is open to the public and is a popular recreational area used for swimming and walking.

Manicured lawns, vibrant flowers, and centuries-old trees create a serene ambiance.

A tranquil lake completes the idyllic setting, providing a perfect backdrop for leisurely strolls and peaceful contemplation.

Lakeside Picnic with a View

Our day at Gamlehaugen Castle wouldn’t have been complete without a leisurely lakeside picnic.

We ate our Salmon sandwiches that my wife Leila had prepared for us,while taking in the breathtaking views of the castle and its surroundings.

Both the nature and architecture made for a truly unforgettable experience.

Winter Closure and Timing Recommendations

It’s worth noting that Gamlehaugen Castle closes for visits during the winter months. Therefore, if you plan to explore this historical gem, I recommend scheduling your visit during the milder seasons.

Easily Accessible by Bus

For those considering a morning or afternoon trip from Bergen, getting to Gamlehaugen is a breeze. You can either drive the 20 min or so by car, but Public transportation specifically buses, also provide a convenient and straightforward journey, allowing visitors to focus on the experience rather than the logistics.

In conclusion, our impromptu visit to Gamlehaugen Castle turned a simple walk into a afternoon filled with history, beauty, and family memories. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a peaceful escape from the bustle of Bergen, Gamlehaugen Castle offers a captivating destination that promises to leave an indelible mark on your heart.

Address: Gamlehaugvegen 10, 5230 Paradis

Phone: +47 41 48 29 41

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