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Akershus Castle and Fortress, Oslo

Akershus Castle and Fortress, Oslo (must see)

Akershus Slott is a medieval castle on the banks of Oslo fjord. One of the city’s most picturesque and recognizable buildings, it was built to protect the capital from invasion. It was first constructed in 1290 by King Haakon V, following a recent assault on the city. In over eight hundred years of existence, it has never been successfully captured by a foreign enemy – although it was occupied by Nazi Germany following Norway’s unilateral surrender in World War 2. The fortress survived many sieges in the medieval era, prized by Sweden due to its proximity to the coast. It was thought that control of the castle meant control of Norway as a whole.

The castle was also a prison for much of its history and is still a military concern to this date. Socialists, folk hero thieves and war criminals have all been held captive here. Many consider it to be Norway’s most well-known building – a fact borne out by its presence in the Norway-themed world at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida.

Why You Should Visit:
Free entry. Beautiful views of the sea and Oslo city. Well maintained and not crowded at all. Peaceful place for a walkabout. Very near to the Radhus and Aker Brygge.

Tip:
The information center and gift shop (housed in the same building) close at 4pm, so make sure you visit earlier if you want to take a look.
When you arrive at the information center, pick up a free map with useful information and look through the small display area.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-9pm; Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Akershus Castle and Fortress on Map

Sight Name: Akershus Castle and Fortress
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

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Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen used to be small villages not far from the main settlement, then called Christiania. Today these neighborhoods are perfect for exploring historical and cultural heritage of Norway capital. This tour will guide you through the St. Hanshaugen Park, Zoologisk Museum, Botanisk Hage og Museum and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Kvadraturen Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Hanshaugen Religious Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles

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