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The Royal Palace, Oslo

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Castle Tourist Spot
Tour the home of the past and present Norwegian royalty at The Royal Palace. Built in 1849 for King Charles III, the neo-classical palace boasts 173 rooms and is the official residence of present Norwegian monarch. Walk through state rooms such as the Council Chamber, Great Hall, and Mirror Hall. Wander the Palace Park grounds that surround the palace, complete with ponds and statues. Watch the traditional changing of the guard that occurs daily. Visit the website to buy your tickets in advance; check the website for hours. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Royal Palace by using our Oslo itinerary maker.
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  • We managed to get by on an English guided tour, but thought that it could not be a problem even if we had with our son at seven, when we several times around Europe both have had guided tours in German and in English before without a problem. We have just wiped calm in the ear on our son the most interesting and so he has asked us more after the guide have their say. But this was quite impossible here. The guide had an Assistant who I suspect had the greatest experience. As soon as I sat down on squatting to erase a small interesting out detail in the ear on my son, she came over to us right away and rebuked me for interfering with the Guide. I had though it well if we had talked out loud or talking back and forth, but here it was talking about a little info on the four to five words, and we could not see that the guide or the other guests leave the note with it (of course, had stopped with a time when) this I think is very bad as it destroyed the entire visit for our son. This was by the way tour at 14.00 on Wednesday, AUG. 2.
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  • Beautiful garden and parks surrounding the palace, watched the changing of the guards, and beautiful view of city centre from the top...modest palace compared to others I have seen.  more »
  • The castle is modest compared to other European kongeresidenser, but it is harmonious and beautiful. This time I got to be on a tour as well. A very good guide took us to the (few) rooms that are open to the general public. Worth the wait, not least thanks to the knowledge and engagement guidens.
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  • Nice view of the city center from the top of the hill by the Karl Johan statue. If you only have one day in Oslo, it might not be worth using your time to walk all the way up to the palace. The surrounding park is nice for a shady stroll.
  • Our national castle. Great view on Oslo's parade street Karl Johan. His Majesty's guard is interesting to watch. Big park with statues and flowers.
  • Free entry. Changing of the guards. Nice gardens surrounding the palace.
  • We were right on time to see the new statue of Norwegian Queen because of her Royalty Higness 80th birthday.
  • Very nice place to visit. On sunny day it looks stunning.

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Where to stay in Oslo

A majority of Oslo's hotels and smaller accommodations cluster along Karl Johans Gate, the city's main drag connecting many of its downtown attractions. If you want something a bit more colorful than the average hotel, consider one of the many bed and breakfasts that have been cropping up in recent years. To escape the crowded streets, but still be walking distance from major sights, stay in the Frogner or Majorstuen neighborhoods near the royal palace. As you can probably guess, lodging is quite expensive in this European capital.
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