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. For Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and beyond, use our Oslo trip planning site to get the most from your Oslo vacation.
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  • Our cruise ship was docked next to the Akershus Fortress & it was the first site we visited. As the Fortress is still a military area it is patrolled by the King's guard. Norway's Resistance Museum...  more »
  • Great walk but the church etc is closed because of Covid Great for taking photos of Akker Brygge and the fjord - with telephoto lens It’s a working military base so make sure you keep away from the...  more »
  • Unfortunately the interiors were closed due to restoration and maintenance. We got there just as it was beginning to get dark and it was very atmospheric and quite lovely under lights. I would...  more »
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  • Akershus Fortress is a very regal fortress; however, I truly loved the little exhibition inside the visitor's centre with all the history behind the fortress, and the detailed description of the wars that it had seen over the years. For someone with very little knowledge on the Norwegian history, the exhibition, coupled with the tour around the fortress- was very, very interesting!
  • The fort is currently closed for renovation and is due to be open by the summer. We were able to walk around the fortress but we couldn't go inside. There are other places to see around the area so it's not bad if you go there but you won't be able to currently enter the fort.
  • A picturesque location in the middle of Oslo, with some nice views over the harbour. Not lots to see, but free to walk around the outside (we didn't go into the castle). Nice for a wander.
  • Amazing place to walk around, see the view learn about the history. We enjoyed ourselves a lot here, and talked about how beautiful it must be in every season. As the picture show we enjoyed it in winter time.
  • In my honest opinion, this is one of the only few places worth visiting in Oslo. It offers a nice panoramic view of the city and the port. There is not entry fee and you can walk in for free with none to small lines. However, the place can be closed during extreme winters.

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