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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  • Akershus fortress and the area around, is certainly worth a visit. We have been there several times, it is well-maintained and impressive.
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  • This is located in the heart of Oslo and if you want to find out about Norweigen History is a must see. The location is great you can walk the parapets and see the Oslofjord and harbour which the fort...  more »
  • Impressive large area! Wings of history feels as you walk around. Akershus castle with the Dungeon from the 1600 's, stairs, small rooms, large rooms that are used by the Government that representation today, Church Hall, which is in function. Much more than I expected. Recommended.
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  • We couldn't get in. Not sure they allow people in. Looks pretty cool from the outside though although it is nothing special among European castles.
  • Nice place to visit, either by your self, with friends or family. We visited this place with small children when there was a big event here "the world's coolest day". Lots of things to do and see. When there are no events, this is a quiet place away from the busy city life.
  • Wonderful place to walk around, and take some lovely photos. There are also some nice views over the harbor.
  • It was a nice experience, actually one of my best ones in Oslo. I highly recommend to buy the audio-tour and listen to the horror stories that will certainly make your trip to this fortress very intersting
  • Lovely place to visit in the centre of Oslo with wonderful view on port and the sea. You can walk around or sit on a bench or grass. Free toilet in the area ;) Nearby few restaurants.