It was originally a medieval fortress built in 1299, but was later rebuilt to a renessansecastle before it was expanded to an armed fortress in 1592.
In summer there are guided tours on the areas around the fortress, and also inside the castle. Inside the fortress are many different museums, and everyday at 13.30 you can see the changing of guards.
From the fortress is a great view of the fjord with it's many islands, and to Aker Brygge and the harbour. The grassy hill outside the fortress is a nice place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
This was built around 1300 and contains a castle, dungeons, and a chapel. It is only a 5 minute walk distance from the City Hall. There are great views of City Hall, the city, and the harbor from here.
This is a really historical site. Find the information office, and ask if you can join a guided tour. It contains bouth a palace buildt for the king, a fortress to protect the city and a church.
Now it's the place for some museums and the national monument. It still has a millitary significanse, but not for its walls. There are mostly offices etc..
Near the gates of this old castle (built approximately 700 years ago) two soldiers were staying. Inner part of castle is interesting enough, as I have found like a little town inside with a small church. Museum about occupation of Third Reich (in Second World) is inside and it made me think how much bad things Nazis had done to our World. From this castle a beautiful view of another part of Oslo could be overseen with mixture of old and modern buildings and ships on shore.
Akershus castle is really strong and every fragment of this monumental building looks differently.
Akershus Festning was build as a fortress to protect Oslo. The first construction started around late 1290's, but has been rebuilt and remodelled many times since then.
The fortress has earlier been used as a prison and a military area. It it still the military headquarter and houses the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Defence Staff.
The fortress is open to the public daily until 9pm. The Norwegian Armed Forces museum and the Norwegian Resistance museum can be visited there.
The museum shows Norwegian military history from Viking times until the 1950s, and important themes are the union with Denmark until 1814, the union with Sweden until 1905, the German attack on Norway on April 9th 1940 and the sea battles during World War II.
History is told through unique objects, models and dioramas, and the museum is well worth a visit.
I decided to walk from my hotel to the Akershus Fortress which has park-like grounds and excellent views of the city! Surely not to be missed! It was enjoyable walking and just enjoying the medieval atmosphere.
This medieval fortress was built by King Hakon V sometime in 1300. It was renovated by Christian IV into a Renaissance palace in the 17th century. Its chapel is still used for royal events, and the crypts of Kings Hakon VII and Olav V lie beneath it. In the crazy days of WWII, the Nazis used Akershus as a prison and execution grounds. Today, one can also enter the Norwegian Resistance Museum to better understand the turbulent history of Norway.
Free entry into the fortress is either through a gate at the end of Akersgata or over a drawbridge at the southern end of Kirkegata. The grounds are open 6 am to 9 pm; after 6 pm, you must use the Kirkegata entrance. There are also 45 min guided tours mid Jun-mid Aug M-F 1000, 1200, 1400, 1600 Sat-Sun 1200, 1400, 1600, off season no tours.
Unlike most ancient castles, Akershus Fortress has mostof the rooms restored to some idea of what they may have looked like at various periods in its history. This makes the tour of the inside much more interesting as you are able to picture the past workings of the castle much more clearly. Some of the work done is outstanding.
King Hakon Magnusson constructed Akershus Fortress in 1299 in order to protect the city of Oslo from potential enemy attacks. Throughout the centuries, the fortress has served multiple purposes ranging from the royal residence to a prison.
The castle, which is located in the centre of the fortress, has been used as a royal residence and as a hiding place for the Royal family and government minister during times of war throughout its history. It was restored during the 20th century and is now used for diverse range of state events. The church was constructed during the 17th century and now serves as the Royal Mausoleum.
The following museums are located inside the fortress walls and present its main historical highlights:
Norwegion Armed Forces Museum
The Resistance Museum
Model of Christiana
The Fortress is open daily from 06.00 to 21.00
This Medieval Fortress is another Oslo Landmark, poised above the harbour it is easily visable from the road from the airport, and from Aker Brygge. A good place to view Oslo fjord, and the city.
The first castle was built around AD1300 by Hakon V Magnusson, then was rebuilt in the late 16th Century by Christian 1V. Further rebuilding took place between 1637 and 1648, and early 20th Century restoration has ensured that much of the building looks as it would have during the 15th Century.
The castle was used as a prison during WW2 , holding members of the Norwegian Resistance. It is also a mausoleum, containing the tombs of King Hakon V11, Queen Maud and Crown Princess Martha. The builder Hakon V Magnusson is also entombed here.
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From Christiania Torv take a path leading to the inside of the Akershus Fortress. Here you can walk freely on the fortress walls (but not untill late at night as they close the gates some time around 8pm- don't remember the exact time), enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo, view the inner yard with a picturesque pond and a summer stage, lie on the grass or sit on the canons. There are guided tours of the outdoor premises: for 15NOK you'll learn about the fortress' history and its ghoasts! These tours start from the information center in the inner yard at the following times: (19. June - 13. August) Mon – Fri 10am, 12am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, Sat – Sun 12am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.
To give you an idea: this used to be a Medieval castle and Royal Residence dating from 1299. It was then developed into a fortress in 1592 after which it was rebuilt into a renaissance castle 1637-1648. The guided tours are also available for the interior part, where you can see castle halls, the Castle church, the Royal Mausoleum and models of the castle, Government's Reception Rooms and Banqueting Halls. I haven't taken this tour myself yet so maybe you'll meet me there one day:) The admission for the interior of the fortress is 50 (adults), 35 (students/seniors) and 10 (children), and the guided tour in English starts at 1pm
Adjacent to the Fortress by a bridge there is a square where military parades are sometimes held and the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum (free admission, opening hours see at http://www.mil.no/felles/fmu/start/museet/English/) is situated
I did not expect Oslo to have a fortress - so I was really surprised! Pleasantly surprised I must say!
Akerhus Festning dates back to 1299 when it was built as a castle and royal residence. It was fortified and armed with cannons in 1592.
Stroll around the premises and if you are lucky, you can watch the changing of the guards there as well. I read that the changing of the guards took place at 1.30 p.m., but we saw it around 11 a.m. - so maybe we were just lucky!
There is also a little museum there, which we could not visit due to lack of time!!
Akershus Festning is what Akershus fortress is called in Norwegian - it is a fortress built around 1300 overlooking the harbour. It's a military fortress with a castle on its grounds (dungeon included), a chapel, army barracks and a coule of museums: the Defense Museum and the Resistance Museum.
It is supposed to be Norway's most important medieval monument, yet I must say that I was not really impressed by it. It's location is stunning but the fortress itself is nothing spectacular - even the castle is not as imposing as one would think it.
The Fortress grounds
daily 06.00 -21.00
The Castle and the Church
May 2nd -September 15th, Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 16.00; Sunday 12.00 – 16.00.
June 1st - August 31st, Monday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00; Saturday & Sunday 11.00 – 16.00
May 1st - May 31st, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00 – 15.00; Wednesday 11.00 – 15.00. Saturday & Sunday from 11.00 – 16.00.
akershus slott is located on a hill on the oslofjorden overlooking the city. this fortress was built by king hakon V in 1299. this interesting fortress contains several interesting museums. worth visiting are the hjemmefrontmuseet (resistance museum) and the hoymagasinet. this museum houses models illustrating the history of oslo's buildings. a must see site when visiting oslo.
The Akershus Fortress holds the Hjemmefrontmuseet (Norwegian Resistance museum), Forsvarsmuseet(Norwegian Armed Forces museum), Akershus Slott (Akershus Castle) and Slottskirken (The RoyalChurch and Mausoleum). It is more than 700 years old and was originally built to protect the city. Today you can visit one of the museums, watch the Royal Guard, simply enjoy the view over the city and the fjord or just stroll around in the Fortress.