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The Royal Palace in Oslo is open to the public for approximately two months every summer. Visitors follow a guided tour lasting about one hour, through the most important rooms of the Palace. The hours may vary some - please check royalcourt.no for details before your visit. The 2023 season ended 17 August. Tickets for the 2024 season will be available through Ticketmaster from the first part of March '24. The main changing of the guard takes place every day at 1.30 PM. The Royal Palace is where the daily work of the monarchy is conducted and where the King and Queen live. It is where the King presides over the Council of State, grants audiences and hosts official dinners. Most of the members of the Royal Court have their workplace here.
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  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar11,817 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive location
    Located at the end of Karl Johansgate the royal palace looks very imposing. Wasn’t able to see inside Palace and just a royal guard routine outside to watch..not that interesting!. Worth a stroll pass for the views.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Xamot Tomax
    Fort Wayne, Indiana6,090 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing
    The Royal Palace is definitely worth seeing while in Oslo. One thing many should notice is the lack of fences and gates. Unlike the White House in D.C., visitors can walk fairly close to the building, but not too close though. We were fortunate enough to arrive while they were performing a changing of the guard. The grounds are lovely and well maintained.
    Visited December 2022
    Written June 28, 2023
  • mr_eddiefraoslonorge
    Oslo, Norway1,138 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    No Photography Allowed...
    An hour guided tour either in English or Norwegian. The Ballroom or the Great Hall is highlight of the tour. It’s not allowed to take pictures inside the palace, but there is a huge foto of the ballroom by the souvenir shop... go ahead take selfie.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Judith S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great cultural visit to Oslo. So much to do, so many places to eat.
    Oslo is a great city to visit. Easy to get to city from airport on a fast train. It is easy to walk around as everything is central. We loved the harbour area. Every one friendly and helpful, credit cards used everywhere so no need for cash.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • aspoe093
    Pierre, South Dakota625 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Palace
    Beautiful area and great looking palace. When we went we had just missed the changing of the guards but to my surprise the king and queen came out and watched a military show. Pretty amazing and the gardens are great
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Happy Traveller
    Sydney, Australia5,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The first day we were in Oslo. We did a drive past the palace. Today we walked up, and were lucky to see the guards do a march past. It was also being set up for a concert later in the month. It’s amazing to see that all the gardens were open to the public. The very beautiful looking Palace from the facade and a few down to the city past all the parks is just gorgeous.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India20,937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing !!
    The beautiful Royal Palace can be seen from the other end of Karl Johans Street. The lawn in the front of the palace was vast and very well maintained. We could not go inside since that day it was closed. Maybe next time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal Palace
    Situated atop a hill in central Oslo, this palace is easy to visit - at least the exterior during the day. You can also see the changing of the guard at times. Worth visiting at least once.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    At the end of Karl Johan.s' street
    The palace is nice but the grounds are even more beautiful. It is perched on a slight incline at the end of Karl Johan's street in a well-positioned spot. The surrounding area and garden is calm and beautiful with lots of foliage. Please note you cannot go into the palace unless you buy your ticket online.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Régis Gauthier
    Rennes, France34 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    3 star
    The palace is open to the public for tours, but I found the tours to be very rushed and uninformative. The tour guide did not seem to know much about the history of the palace, and she spent most of the time talking about the current royal family. Overall, I found the Royal Palace to be a disappointing experience. I would not recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about Norwegian history or culture.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
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Cameron S
Castle Rock, CO650 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Royal Palace is a very elegant building, sitting on top of a hill, providing great views of central Oslo. I didn't do a guided tour, but I walked around the gardens, which are quite beautiful. Timed it perfectly to see the changing of the guard! Definitely worth visiting.
Written January 25, 2020
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Ed_Uyeshima
San Francisco, CA2,085 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was our first destination once we landed in Oslo. I suppose my husband and I should've taken the tour, especially since we were here during the brief period (end of June to mid-August) when they actually offer guided tours. However, we didn't know that, and I have to confess we're just not "palace" people. We've never been to Buckingham Palace, and my visit to Versailles was a lifetime ago. I think the last palace tour we took was at Graceland. OK, he wasn't the king of an actual country, but you get the gist. Thankyouverymuch.

We admit we're the type who are more likely to be bowled over by green shag carpeting on the ceiling versus a gilded bedroom. No matter as I can still share my impressions of the outside. It looked more contemporary than most royal palaces you would see, more like a yellow variation on the White House. I liked how we could see it come into view from a distance as we walked on Karl Johans gate, Oslo's main pedestrian thoroughfare. Dominating the foreground was a manly statue of King Charles John on his horse, rather ironic in that he didn't live to see the palace.

I just noticed people moving around the base hoping to get some shade depending on how the sun was hitting it. There were young royal palace guards who remained solemn in their posts until a local tourist chatted him or her up for a photo op. We did see one changing of the guard which was done in military fashion without fuss. The gardens were all quite manicured and the surrounding park was a nice patch of greenery even though makeshift fencing limited our movement on the grounds. Still, the palace was auspicious enough to give us a favorable first impression of Norway.
Written October 2, 2022
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Barbara A
Washington DC, DC123 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is just a public service announcement: You can't go inside the palace if you don't take a tour, and tour tickets are sold online. If you don't have a timed ticket (English tours are only done a couple times a day), you have to stand in line for a few walk up ones. This isn't clear I'm the guidebooks etc (my fault for not checking the website) and in the pouring rain we couldn't tell why the line wasn't moving till we'd stood in it for a half hour, so we didn't get in.
Written August 9, 2023
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Barry A
Colchester, UK1,153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Royal Palace of King Charles III John of Norway is a picturesque building in the middle of a park. When we were here we were also able to see the changing of the guard. Maybe not quite as exciting as the changing of guards in London but worth a visit to see .
Written March 9, 2020
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World Prof
Buffalo Grove, IL174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a relatively small but lovely palace in a beautiful park and garden setting. The palace tour of numerous rooms was well done with an excellent English speaking guide, giving also a good feel for history of the palace and the royal family. Takes about one hour. Book tickets in advance online to ensure you get in. No photos allowed, and you cannot take even a cell phone into the building. Storage lockers are available.
Changing of the guard was a disappointment. It had very little actual movement, the guards weren't in perfect synch, it took about 30 minutes and wasn't overly ceremonial Boring! The indoor tour is well worth the time and price. Enjoy the surrounding gardens and park.
Written June 29, 2022
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Régis Gauthier
Rennes, France34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The palace is open to the public for tours, but I found the tours to be very rushed and uninformative. The tour guide did not seem to know much about the history of the palace, and she spent most of the time talking about the current royal family.

Overall, I found the Royal Palace to be a disappointing experience. I would not recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about Norwegian history or culture.
Written September 11, 2023
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HerbertEdgewood
Orlando, FL1,894 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
‘Ello chaps! The Norwegian Royal Palace has a strikingly similar architectural view as Buckingham Palace in London England. The Norwegian Palace, home to the Norwegian royal palace, is the marquee focal point looks up Karl Johans Gate leading up to it. You can view the palace from the front, along with members of the royal guard. The palace was built in the first half of the 19th century for King Charles III. The palace is the official residence of the current Norwegian monarch while the Crown Prince resides at Skaugum in Asker west of Oslo.
NOTE: There is plenty to see, do, and eat in the area of the Palace. Along Karl Johans Gate there are restaurants and stores. There is also the Parliament along the way, passing the National Theatre. In the area of the Palace, there is the Palace Park with the Palace Square in the front.
Written January 12, 2020
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
The Royal Palace is in a prominent position at the end of Karl Johans Gate, the main street in Central Oslo. The palace was built at the beginning of 19th Century for King Charles III John who was the reigning King of Norway at the time, it is currently the official residence of the Norwegian royal family. It is one of the major highlights of Oslo, when we visited recently there were a few visitors about but nothing like the visitor levels as in previous years before Covid.
Written March 11, 2023
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permia
Ireland41,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We approached it along the great avenue early morning with the bright sun still to the east behind us.

It’s a marvellous sight, increasingly on strolling westwards. And not at all busy around.

Passing the fine equestrian of Karl Johan it was possible to get quite close to the impressive build.
Written July 2, 2022
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Xamot Tomax
Fort Wayne, IN6,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Royal Palace is definitely worth seeing while in Oslo. One thing many should notice is the lack of fences and gates. Unlike the White House in D.C., visitors can walk fairly close to the building, but not too close though. We were fortunate enough to arrive while they were performing a changing of the guard. The grounds are lovely and well maintained.
Written June 28, 2023
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