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Oscarsborg Fortress, Oslo

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Oscarsborg Fortress is a coastal fortress in the Oslofjord, close to the small town of Drøbak. The best known part is situated on two small islets. The main artillery batteries are on the island Håøya and smaller batteries on the mainland to the west and east in the fjord and was military territory until 2003 when it was made a publicly available resort island. The fortress is best known for sinking the German heavy cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940.In 2014, Oscarsborg Fortress was given protected status, effective from 9 April that year.Early historyThe narrows at Drøbak, called Drøbaksundet, is a natural point for the naval defence of Oslo, the capital of Norway. The first defences were constructed during the reign of Christian IV of Denmark and Norway and were ready in 1644. The fortifications were however not involved in battle during the Hannibal War.After the war the fortifications were dismantled, and only resurrected for a short period during the 1814 war with Sweden.Around 1830 the discussion started for a renewed fortification of the Drøbak Narrows and the first stage was ready in 1848, the next in 1853. The name of the fortress was given by royal resolution on 23 August 1855 after a visit by the Swedish-Norwegian King Oscar I.
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  • Nice daytrip to take the bus from Oslo to Drobak and then the boat to the Fortress. Nice place to stroll around, look at the scenery and the old fortress building. There's a nice restaurant with a bea...  more »
  • Lot's of history. As you walk thru the fortress they are many informational displays. Pictures and artifacts line the walls, and historical papers are abundant.  more »
  • Most of the fortress is free to view and walk around,some parts which include a dungeon included a fee. I did not tour the dungeon. Great views of the harbor,gives you an appreciation of how old Oslo ...  more »
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  • Nice but rooms basic as was once an old military school. Have to pay for ferry to get there.
  • Nice place to stay. Mostly in summer. The food is really great.
  • Lovely fortress and museum, and the ferry captain was very kind!!
  • Nice and scenic.
  • Historical fortress in the outer Oslo fjord