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“Cobbled Paths and history”

Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning)
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Ranked #16 of 390 things to do in Oslo
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Maghera, United Kingdom
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“Cobbled Paths and history”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

As we had 50 minutes to spare until the hop-on-hop-off boat tour started we thought we would take a walk only to discover the Castle and Fortress.
Dating back to the late1700 this relatively small castle is perfect for a stroll. It is very well sign posted and everything clearly labelled. We did not take the audio tour option but we just walked around for free!!! THere is the military museum, churches etc all within the grounds and toilet facilities are available. I really enjoyed the panoramic views of the harbour and the huge cruise ships docked.
Definitely worth a trip that costs nothing and doesn't take up too much time.

Visited September 2013
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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“Almost missed this!”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Our itinerary had not included the fortress as we had other things we wanted to see, and we didn't think we had time. Good thing for local relatives. Much like Boston, Oslo is actually smaller than a map makes it appear. We had no idea where the relatives were headed after lunch and, within minutes, we were entering the fortress. You can get a more in-depth tour for a small fee, but we chose to do what a lot of people do on a sunny Oslo Sunday, and just walked through and around the fortress. Even the outside is interesting and revealing of the history. Also. Akershus affords great views of the Oslo Fjord and the harbor.
This is a cultural heritage site that is considered a national symbol, and it houses the Royal Mausoleum. By all means, this should be included in any itinerary for visiting Oslo.

Visited August 2013
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Queenstown, Maryland
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“Castle Tour”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stopped in here as our cruise ship was docked across the street. Fee was pretty small (once you convert to US) and included audio guide. It was very interesting and a good introduction to the history of Oslo and Norway. Large grounds to explore as well.

Visited August 2013
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Roswell, Georgia
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“Nice place to stroll on a sunny day”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

The Akershus fortress offers great views and an atmospheric place to wander around. We were lucky enough to have sun on the day we were here, and it's definitely better on a sunny day (it did rain off and on). There were lots of school groups picnicking and running around - I can see why. Would be lots of fun for kids to climb on the cannons and peek around castle walls. The day we were here, there was a huge cruise ship parked directly in front of the fortress (unfortunately). It limited our view, but it was easy to see that it would be absolutely amazing sans obstruction.

The fortress contains the castle and the Norwegian Resistance Museum, both of which can be visited. I don't recommend spending the money on the castle - if you have the Oslo Pass, it's worth a trip through, but otherwise, save your money for something else. It was nice but not worth 70 kr. I also found it interesting and a little ironic that, given the fact that the Resistance Museum is basically next door, the castle's exhibits made no mention whatsoever of the Nazi occupation & use of the castle building. Guess they were hoping no would notice that they're still using a building that was once controlled by Nazis for state dinners. Not that there's anything wrong with using a historic building - just that they made no mention of its more unsavory previous occupants.

Anyway, the grounds of the fortress are free to walk around. It's a fun way to spend an hour and get a feel for Norwegian history.


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Visited June 2013
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“The fortress in Oslo”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We went to the fortress mainly to go to the resistance museum but ended up to have a look at both the fortress and the resistance museum. I have been to the fortress several times but this is the first time I hade been to the resistance museum. The fortress is lovely, it has a great view overlooking the harbour, and if there is a cruse ship in, that will be mored just under the battlements of the fortress. There is an information centre that I would advise that you go to before you start your tour around the fortress. You do not have to but it will give you such a great incite into when the fortress were built, what it was used for when it was first built and what it has been used for since then. During the WW2 it was used to detain prisoners, mainly Norwegian prisoners. It will give you a great incite into what Oslo was like and what it has become today. A beautiful city.
The fortress is in am amazing condition. It is still used today, mainly office place. But it is great place to go and like other people before me have said, it is a lovely place to go and please before you start your tour around the fortress, go to the information centre. It helps with all the things you are going to see.

Visited December 2012
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