Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), Oslo

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Originally constructed to defend the medieval town, Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) has since undergone several renovations and today stands as one of the city's symbols. Built in 1290, the castle boasts sturdy stone walls and fortifications that withstood 500 years of sieges and attacks. Visit this landmark and explore its grounds, which once served as the nexus of the national government and the seat of power for Norway's royal rulers. Outside, wander the cobbled pathways and courtyards surrounded by brick buildings and an imposing clock tower. Inside discover the different chambers and sections that now house military museums, historical displays, and a mausoleum with the tombs of Norwegian royalty. Keep in mind that, depending on the time of year, you may need to join a guided tour in order to access the castle. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and many more Oslo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Oslo vacation builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I like castles and forts anyway, and this is a very nice one. Most of the outer parts are free to explore and there is nice park land and great views of Oslo from the walls. It's not massive so probab...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    When our cruise ship arrived this medieval Castle was the first landmark in our view. It is very well kept, the grounds are lovely to walk, and the entrance fee is well worth it.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    A must see for the Citadel but also for the view of the Bay and the very nice neighborhood.
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  • June 9, 2017
    First stop in Oslo after the overnight cruise was at Akershus Fortress - interesting historical place with its range of architectural styles beautiful buildings on a hill in Oslo city centre. Walk again into the large area with breathtaking nature surrounding to see the castle, built to protect Olso in 1290, used as a prison and currently, official events and functions are held here.
  • June 9, 2017
    Nice view of the harbor. Parts are still in use by the Norwegian armed forces. I did not see the inside of the buildings because they were closed. The walk around on the wall allows a look on the neighborhoods.
  • June 17, 2017
    I was here during a midevil festival. Had a great time going by all the stands and watching all the performances. The fortress itself was pretty and had nice views of the bay.
  • June 24, 2017
    Nice outdoor area featuring grass and a great view. Great place for a picnic or similar.
  • June 6, 2017
    This hidden gem in Oslo is worth a visit. Fantastic views and mixed architecture make the site relaxing yet stimulating

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