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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  • A place where you can feel the scent of history and relaxation. More than just an elegant castle trip, it's a place that gives happiness when walking in a huge garden. When I walked, I came across a little museum inside. Please visit. They welcome you with friendly staff and refreshments. A place where you can relax and feel the history. It's more than just an elegant chateau journey. While walking I came across a small museum. Be sure to visit. They welcome you with friendly staff and treats.
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  • Unlike described in numerous guidebooks, the fortress costs entry. Currently it's 100 NOK. If you don't want to spend that, you walk the outer path up to the cannons and enjoy the magnificent view over the harbour, the ships and the offshore islands. Very good food at Norwegian prices and with harbour views you can dine in the restaurant at the foot of the fortress. A path leads along the stables back down into town. During my visit, the AIDAprima docked right next to the fortress and towered over the historic building by many meters.
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  • Beautiful views of the area along with a really interesting history. The information center was helpful and the area was lovely and clean. It was well looked after and all the buildings and fortress walls were in great quality.
  • Don't hesitate to visit this fortress. There are museums there, but it's a lovely place to visit even outside opening hours of the museums. Recommended!
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