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  • Address: Akershus Kommandantskap, Oslo 0015, Norway
  • Admission: Varies

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Akershus Castle & Fortress (Akershus Slott) Tours

Set on the banks of Oslo Fjord, Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) was built in 1299 as a residence for Norway’s royal family. Over the years it has served as a fortress to protect Oslo against sieges from rival Swedish forces, as a Renaissance castle, and as a full-fledged 19th-century prison. 

The Basics
Highlights include Akershus Castle Church, the Royal Mausoleum, and a series of reception and banquet rooms. Inside the castle, valuable artifacts illustrate the structure’s storied history and offer a glimpse into Norway’s medieval and Renaissance past. Today Akershus Fortress is headquarters for Norway’s Ministry of Defense and home to the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway’s Resistance Museum. 

Akershus Castle and Fortress is one of Oslo’s top sites and many city tours include a stop at the imposing structure. Segway and bike tours are a good way to see the castle and take in sights around Oslo Fjord, while hop-on, hop-off bus tours allow you to visit at your own pace. It’s also possible to see the castle and fortress on a sightseeing cruise or historical ghost tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Akershus Castle and Fortress is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Maps of the grounds are available at the visitor center. 
  • There is no restaurant on-site, so it’s a good idea to grab a bite to eat before you arrive.
  • Akershus Fortress, the castle grounds, and the Castle Church are wheelchair accessible, but paths around the grounds are mostly cobblestone and can be steep.

How to Get There
The castle and fortress are easily accessible by Tram No. 12 to Christiania Torv. Guided tours typically provide round-trip transportation, whether you choose to arrive by bus, bike, or segway. 

When to Get There
The castle and fortress are open year-round, but summer is the most picturesque time to visit, when the grounds are in full bloom and the weather is typically sunny and warm. 

The Military History of Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress is a must-see landmark for military history enthusiasts. The fortress remains undefeated since its construction in 1299, save when it peacefully surrendered to the Nazis without combat in 1940, when the city was evacuated due to a German attack on Denmark and Norway.

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Segway Tour of Oslo, Oslo, null
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Segway Tour of Oslo

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

This 1.5 hour Segway tour is the perfect opportunity to check out the latest, cool transportation device, while taking in some signature Oslo sites! We love to ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.34
Private Shore Excursion: Best of Oslo 4-Hour Tour with Vigeland Park and Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, ... 
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Oslo 4-Hour Tour with Vigeland Park and Viking Ship Museum

Enjoy your 4-hour guided tour in the wonderful city of Oslo! The capital of Norway welcomes you to explore its major highlights on foot, such as the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Myths and Legends of Oslo, Oslo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Myths and Legends of Oslo

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You will hear the spooky stories about the legendary criminals and ghosts, historical myths and legends of the city, and some funny stories about the new and ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $218.66
Visit Oslo Pass, Oslo, Walking Tours
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Visit Oslo Pass

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The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo! The Oslo Pass lets you devote your entire trip to activities without the hassle of booking and buying.

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: Flexible

From USD $49.35
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Oslo, Sightseeing Passes
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City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore Norway’s capital city, Oslo, on an iconic City Sightseeing bus tour! With a 24-hour ticket, passengers can hop on and hop off at any of the 18 tour ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $41.36
Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights, Oslo, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

See the highlights of Oslo in one afternoon on a leisurely paced, 3-hour bike tour. Suitable for all fitness levels, your tour takes in top Oslo sights, like ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.53
Oslo Sightseeing Mini Cruise through the Oslo Fjord, Oslo, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Oslo Sightseeing Mini Cruise through the Oslo Fjord

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Hop on hop off 1 hour 25 minutes on board a traditional wooden sailing ship. We pass the ancient fortress of Akershus, the opera house and picturesque islands ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.11
Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour, Oslo, Day Cruises
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Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour

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See top Oslo attractions such as the City Hall, Akershus Castle and Fortress, the Opera, Oslo Cathedral and the Royal Palace, while learning about the city's ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.99
Private Shore Excursion: Best of Oslo Driving Tour, Oslo, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Oslo Driving Tour

Feel at ease with your professional English-speaking guide and driver within this 3 hour tour along the major landmarks of Oslo! Explore the capital of the ...  Read more

Location: Oslo, Norway
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.00

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