Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), Oslo
(4.2/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • On the internet says it is open to the 21:00, but unfortunately only the external area, all closes the 16:00. I was now in the winter and everything was very dark and deserted, it was worth it just for the view of Oslo.
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  • Super structure, have can see it only from the water side, but very nice to look at...
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  • Interesting to see around the castle, information provided in English as well as Norwegian. Nice views from the walls, even though it was dark by the time we came out - the city / harbour lights are b...  more »
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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.