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

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • It is a small climb, but well worth it. The view over the harbour and City hall with Aker Brygge make a perfect backdrop of a holiday photo. Look for the small prison, take a look inside the castle an...  read more »
  • The fortress is located on a raised platform that provides more or less panoramic view of the city. When we examined, it was closed for inspection, that happens periodically where official events are held. We have probably already tired of the fortress in different cities, so in addition to respect for venerable age fortress, have not experienced any feelings. The external examination will not require much time. Lovers of antiques will appreciate it.
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  • A very beautiful fortress. You have so be sure look at great views of the port. A great Oslo moment is guaranteed.
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  • worth a visit. good view of the fjord and pier. easy to walk around the fortress and climb around to different viewing points. need only 15 - 30 min here.
  • Always lovely to go here when the weather's great! Even with a fair share of tourists there's still plenty of space for a picnic, coupled with nice scenery, interesting history and some cute kiosks here and there selling ice cream and the likes. Recommended if you want a break from the city without leaving the city centre.
  • We wandered in by accident shortly before the grounds closed. It was a wonderful place to wander even without any of the tours apparently available at other times. Excellent views of the harbour.
  • When the weather is good beautiful place and they always seem to have some activity on here
  • One of the attractions visiting this castle is to be next to the sea and enjoy fine views over the town hall and the main harbour. It is also very impressive to compare the size of the building with a big ship when this one is docked right next to the fortress. You can also learn lots of history of the place and the city inside the visitors information building.
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