Akershus Fortress, Oslo

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Originally constructed to defend the medieval town, Akershus Fortress 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 Fortress and beyond, use our Oslo trip planning site to get the most from your Oslo vacation.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • A must see for the Citadel but also for the view of the Bay and the very nice neighborhood.
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  • A lovely day spent walking the city and seeing the sights. This fortress is free to enter and affords great views over the fjord and Oslo. The pathways are uneven and may cause issues for disabled visitors in parts of the fortress. Free toilets and baby changing facilities available at entrance and parking with electrical hook up right outside. Witness the changing of the guard and a quick selfie with the cannons at the wall. Definitely worth a visit and a relaxing stroll through history, was very quiet on our visit.
  • A large fortress containing various buildings spanning the centuries. The grounds are open to explore at no cost, and there's plenty to see—including excellent views of Oslo Harbor. The keep itself has a self-guided tour that's certainly worth the price of admission.
  • As the official site says: ''The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Håkon V.'' The castle is in hart of the town and it serves as a tourist attraction but also for Military University. The place offers magnificent view of the town and overall it is huge for you to roam and explore.
  • The grounds of this fortress are cool. Don't pay the 100 krone to go inside the slot. It's pretty lame. Okay, very lame. There are about 6 areas to see, including a "dungeon" which looks to be a pretty cheery place actually. The other rooms are decorated with period pieces, but at least once the description says "yeah, this was a bedroom but no attempt has been made to install pieces that would have been here during the time of the prince who slept here." The castle is still in use by the government for special occasions and it is kept up very well, but very few people pay to visit here -- for good reason. Enjoy the grounds, but avoid the slot.
  • This place let's you have a lot of freedom to walk around the premises. The guards on duty provide a great immersion. Great views of the bay

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