Escape Bryggen - "Hanseaticus"
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Difficulty Level: 6/10
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This was our first stop in Bergen, Norway. We were pleasantly surprised with the location of this escape room as it’s located in Bryggen (the old wharf of Bergen). It’s been granted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This town was part of the important Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. Today, the number of building’s remaining in the area are about 61 and they cover over 13,000 square meters. Upon arriving, we headed into this small alleyway with many small shops and each of them had a mysterious appeal. We found the entrance of the escape room looking like a private home, but the signs made it easy for us to know which doorbell to press. We were greeted by the owner as we climbed up the hundred year-old stairs into a lobby that was SLANTED! The owner informed us that these buildings are slowly sinking into the ground at the rate of 8mm per year, which creates this area’s interesting architectural lines. We have never played in a “sinking” escape room before... Challenge Accepted! "Hanseaticus" is the room we chose to attempt here, but they do have several other choices. It was creative for the owner to utilize the actual heritage of the original building structure (the walls you see in this room is the original logs from centuries ago) to develop a story and build an escape room out of it. Our mission was to find the treasures stolen by the smuggling brothers of Hanseaticus and it was a success! We had two people and a good amount of time to spare. For “lock lovers”, this is THE room for you. The room is not high tech, but it goes with the theme very well and the design immediately makes you feel like you’ve been transported to back in the days. The puzzles are very well designed, and we appreciated the clarity of the flow of the room with no red herrings. There were a few cool pieces of props that we have not seem before. If you are an expert player, I would say don’t over think things as we did get semi stuck on a puzzle that was very simple, but we made it very difficult for ourselves. This is definitely a fun room to try for beginners and you won’t be disappointed with the “lock opening sensation” that we look for every time we’re in a room. If you're feeling competitive, gather a group of 14 and they have an identical room that you can challenge each other with! We will be back to attempt another “slant” challenge!
*Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 8/10
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Disclosure: We thank Escape Bryggen for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.