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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  • If you're visiting Oslo on a sunny day, go to the top of the castle area and look at the Oslo fjord as it sparkles beneath. 
    If you're visiting Oslo on a sunny day, go to the top of the castle area and look at the Oslo fjord as it sparkles beneath.  more »
  • Nice historic area to walk through. Free to enter and offers some nice views to the port areas and fjord. 
    Nice historic area to walk through. Free to enter and offers some nice views to the port areas and fjord.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing attraction which is located very close to the Oslo harbour. Fort having beautiful garden inside. You can find interesting church inside. We noticed a marriage ceremony 😜. Just take a walk inside and you’ll find a museum and the small shopping store. Always cops available no need to worry about security. Public toilets available inside the museum. Garden and the fort background are made for perfect panoramic pictures, don’t forget to click one.

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