Image by Andrea Chirulescu

Akershus festning – Heritage site by the sea

Akershus Fortress or Castle, is, according to Wikipedia, a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has also been used as a prison. It is located along the coastline, very close to the touristic harbor and the City hall. It’s a walkable distance from any place between the Central Station and National Theater and one of my absolute favorites places to sit down and relax.

Its alleys are all paved with grey stones and it feels like they only go up. There are guards in few designated spots and sometimes they have to patrol around. They are not allowed to talk to the crowd as far as I understand. On one of the highest points located towards the sea I like having a look at one of the many displayed cannons, the huge cruise boats or simply enjoy the awesome panorama over the harbor and Aker Brygge.

The main reason I like this popular spot so much is that, in addition to the castle, it hosts small museums or exhibitions such as the Norwegian armed forces and resistance museums but you can also just visit the castle itself. Activities are listed here. The police horse stables at the entrance can also offer some fantastic shows occasionally.

Right next to the walls of the castle there is a wide green area – Kontraskjæret – where people can go for a barbecue, concerts or where the city sets up huge screens where events can be watched.

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Akershus festning, Oslo

Opening Times

06:00 - 21:00 daily




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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)