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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  • Free entrance to a very interesting fortress. The Visitor Center is very good. The Resistance Museum has a charge. The views from the ramparts are spectacular. I wish we could have gone into the... 
    Free entrance to a very interesting fortress. The Visitor Center is very good. The Resistance Museum has a charge. The views from the ramparts are spectacular. I wish we could have gone into the...  more »
  • Walk around see the old fort, cannons and beautiful city views. Some has been rebuilt but still history and worth the walk. 
    Walk around see the old fort, cannons and beautiful city views. Some has been rebuilt but still history and worth the walk.  more »
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  • A lot of history around Oslo's old fortress
  • You get to simply enter the premises, and look around as much as you want. Plus the view from the top walls is amazing! Highly recommended!

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