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

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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. For Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and beyond, use our Oslo trip planning site to get the most from your Oslo vacation.
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  • The grounds of the fortress are open to the public for many hours of the day, and the high wall of the fortress offer lovely views of the harbour and surrounding fjord. Unfortunately, when there are.....  more
    The grounds of the fortress are open to the public for many hours of the day, and the high wall of the fortress offer lovely views of the harbour and surrounding fjord. Unfortunately, when there are.....  more »
  • Old castle that has been restored. It is nice to stroll around the domain. But also the interior is certainly worth a visit, you get a quick impression of how it used to be. Needs around 1 hour. 
    Old castle that has been restored. It is nice to stroll around the domain. But also the interior is certainly worth a visit, you get a quick impression of how it used to be. Needs around 1 hour.  more »
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  • Well maintained and tidy historic place in the heart of Oslo. It includes some fortifications and three interesting places to visit: the Akershus Castle, the Norway's resistance museum and the Norwegian Armed forces museum. It worth visiting all of them but as a start point you should go to the visitors centre. You can get there a map and ask any questions you may have.
  • Lovely old buildings, and heaps of history. Lots of places to take photos. The outside is nice, but there is a museum here which isn't listed here in google, but is really nice. The audio guide does a good job of walking you through the building, telling little bits of useful info, and has ghost stories. The fortress is free to visit, but the museum isn't. It is worth a visit.

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