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“Literally adjacent to cruise ship dock”

Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning)
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Ranked #36 of 404 things to do in Oslo
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Akershus Castle was the last stop we made from the Hop On Hop Off bus tour for our one day in Oslo during our cruise. Since it is located literally adjacent to the cruise ship we knew we could tour the castle and get onboard the ship without difficulty. From our cruise ship I was able to take pictures of the grounds so I was anxious to visit the castle in person. The entrance through the massive stone wall is extremely close to the cruise ship.

The grounds are very steep with lots of cobblestone steps and stairs to get high up upon the walls overlooking the harbor. However, it was worth every step. Unfortunately, the castle was closed except for weekends during the fall (we arrived in September during a weekday). We were able to go (free of charge) through the exhibits, see the changing of the guard, and get a historic perspective of the size and scope of Akershus Castle and its role in Norway's past. Do not miss the opportunity to visit.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Such a beautiful and impressive building on top of a hill facing the sea, you won't find anything like it anywhere! I also liked the cannons that had different shapes, sizes and colors. I was lucky to be there on time to see the changing of guard, there's no pomp like the British one and it all happens so close that It seems that we are part of it, amazing experience! The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place every day at 1.30 pm.and It's a must!

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

I did the Akershus Castle and i must say don't forget to buy one of the handhelds it's worth it. You would lose a wealth of information without it. It's also a very good view of the Oslo harbor. The Oslo resistance museum is almost part of it so don't forget to check it out too!

Thank Frankie M
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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.

1  Thank europelover26
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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.

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