The Palace is a symbol of the Norwegian history. It was made as a residence for King Carl Johan in 1849 but it was not finished util his death. The Royal Palace is owned by the state and there live the royal family which actually has no real political power in the country, only a representative. The current monarch is Harald V. It is open for 2 months for visitors in the summer and the price for a guided tour is 95 NOK (13 EUR) so we could enjoy it only from outside (still very good).
The Royal Palace was finished in 1849 in a neoclassicist style. It was designed by Hans Linstow. At that time, Norway was part of the Swedish Empire and this palace was the local palace of the Swedish King Karl Johan XIV. Today, it is the official residence of the Royal Family.Compared to other Royal palaces around the world, this one is as modest as Norway could be.
If you like to watch a changing of guards ceremony, you will see it at 0130 pm. Guided tours are available during the tourist season in summer, but tickets are only available purchased in advance. You are free to roam the adjacent parks and gardens and get surprisingly close to the palace. For a good effect and photo opportunity, approach the Royal Palace from Karl Johans Gate.
The Royal Palace is a massive building on a hill named Bellevue. The Palace is built in neo-classical style and is rather plain on the outside.
From here, there is a marvellous view of Oslo’s main thoroughfare, Karl Johans gate. The Royal Palace is where the daily work of the monarchy is conducted, where audiences and official dinners are held, and where the King and Queen live. Foreign heads of state who visit Oslo stay at the Palace.
The Castle interior can be visited in Summer on a tour
Summer is approx from late June to mid August.
TOURS EVERY DAY IN NORWEGIAN......
Monday-Thursday and Saturday: 11 - 5pm
Friday, Sunday 1 - 5PM
TOURS EVERY DAY IN ENGLISH....
Monday-Thursday and Saturday: 12.00, 14.00 and 14.20
Friday and Sunday: 14.00, 14.20 and 16.00
The tours last about one hour and begin every 20 minutes.
ADMISSION...... Adults: NOK 95.....Children, seniors and students: NOK 85
Children under 3: free admission
Tickets can also be purchased at Narvesen, all post offices and 7-Eleven and at the entrance.
The guided tour takes visitors through ........
Cabinet Parlour - Council Chamber - White Parlour - King Haakon VII Suite - Upper Vestibule
Bird Room - Mirror HalL - Family Dining Room - Small Ceremonial Hall -Great Hall
Banqueting Hall -The Palace Chapel
NO PHOTO'S inside the Royal Palace or the Palace yard.
At least I could take a photo of the Palace guard without a problem!
The public entrance is Slottsgarden the castle's west side (toward Park Road).
The castle was built for King Charles III Johan, but was not completely finished until 1849. This will be the regent as a Norwegian cultural memory, and is where the Norwegian king and queen live.
There are opportunities for tours of the castle, but it is also possible and observe it from outside. It is in addition a very beautiful park around the castle met sculptures, and more and experience. Remember Camera
The Royal Palace or "Slottet" in Norwegian was built in 1824-1849 and has 173 rooms.
It is the residence of the Royal family - considered to be the most important building in Norway.
The Royal Family consists of King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown prince Haakon and his wife Crown princess Mette-Marit. They have 2 children together, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. Mette-Marit had one son before she got married to the Crown prince. Then there is Princess Märtha Louise, who is actually 2 years older than her brother.
In front of the Royal Palace is a statue of Karl Johan XIV (1763-1844) who was the King of Norway and Sweden from 1818-1844. The statue was unveiled in 1875 (by Brynjulf Bergslien). The Royal Palace was built for him.
There are guided tours of The Royal Palace every day, but at different hours. They last for an hour and cost NOK 95.
There is a big park around The Royal Palace called Slottsparken park. One can walk right up to Slottet, it is not fenched in like in London f.ex. There are guards by Slottet and the Changing of the Guards is every day at 13:30 (see my next tip).
The Royal Palace (Det Kongelige Slott) was build in classicsm style and completed in 1848. The Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens. A statue of King Karl Johan sitting on a horse is placed on the grounds.
The Royal Palace is located at the western end of Karl Johans Gate, which is the main shopping street of Oslo. The nearest metro stop is "Nationaltheatret".
The palace dates back to the 19 c., when it was built as Norwegian residence of Norwegian and Swedish king Charles III (Carl Johan, Charles XIV of Sweden) and is the official residence of the present Norwegian Monarch.
This is the one thing my husband expressed interest in seeing, so at 1.30 on Thursday we headed for the Royal Palace. In the distance the palace looks quite impressive but up close, the bare sandy area in front is not very attractive.
Though soldiers were clearly standing by for some activity, it wasn't clear how or when the actual ceremony was going to take place. Eventually we heard a band and sure enough, a procession came up from the top of Karl Johans gate, led by three police women on horseback. The band was followed by about 30 soldiers, most of them painfully young looking, who stood around for what seemed like an inordinately long amount of time. Eventually guns were raised , heels were clicked and soldiers took off to what looked like a summer house in the grounds. The sentries outside the main entrance did change, with much clicking and heel stomping, the band began to play again, the procession marched back down the hill and it was all over.
My husband's verdict : 'not as good as the one in Copenhagen.' Until then I'd forgotten that we'd seen a changing of the guard in Copenhagen but having remembered, I would have to agree with him. Enjoyable if you like this sort of thing but somewhat disappointing.
If the flag is on top of the palace, the king is in the country!
This palace at the northwest end of Karl Johansgate, and it had an expensive renovation before 2001 when King Harald V and Queen Soja moved back into the palace. Seven years later and I am walking outside the palace, it does look nice and grand, and the park around it looks well-maintained.
On May 17th Independence Day, the royal family would look at the marching bands from the palace balcony. They do have a lot to celebrate because Norway maintains its economic strength among the Scandinavain nations, being rich in fish, timber and oil. The country did not even see the need to join the EU (reportedly so that it does not have to share fishing rights with EU nations?).
The King is just a figurehead, and Norway is run by a unicameral Parliament and a Prime Minister.
There is a pricey one hour tour , 95Kr daily (June-Aug 1400 and 1420 M-Th, Sat 1200 tickets in advance at 81 53 31 33)
The Royal Palace was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of Norwegian and Swedish king Charles III and is used as the official residence of the present Norwegian Monarch.
The palace was designed by the Danish-born architect Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow. The project was initiated in the Norwegian parliament in 1821, the foundation stone was laid down by the king in 1825, and the building was completed in 1849, during the reign of Oscar I.
The changing of the Guard takes place each day between 13.30 and 1400hrs, both at the Royal Palace, and at Akershus Fortress.
In the Summer, there is a parade with bandsmen between the Fort, via Karl Johans Gate to the Palace.
The Guards work a 2 hour shift.
Their distinctive uniform has hardly changed for over 140 years. Blue Jacket, Black Trousers, and plumed bowler hat. Apparently Princess Louise of Sweden liked the hats worn by the bersaglieri alpine soldiers of Italy, and insisted on the Norwegian Army changing to these in 1860 (An early version of Trinny and Susannah by the sounds of it!)
I had read that the guards will pose for photos, or answer questions, but these 2 didn't look too friendly- mind you it was less than -2, so I bet they were just praying for their shift to end, so they could get back into the warm!
The guards are part of His Majesty the Kings Guards or Hans Majestet Kongen Garde (HMKG) and are one of the Norwegian Armys most trained units.
Formed in 1856 by King Oscar of Sweden and Norway, they have a joint role of being lifeguards for The King and his family (Their motto is 'Alt for Kongen' - Everything for the King) , and responsibility for the defence of Oslo.
Guards who've completed their basic compulsory Military service (Females can volunteer for the guards) then undergo an intensive 5 week drill and combat training course, before they can take up their Royal Guard duties.
The HMKG is a batallion, with 6 companies, each having about 200 guards.
Each company specialises.
1. Rifle Guard
2. Escort Guards
3. Music and Drill (This company don't perform guard duties, but perform worldwide, and attend State occassions etc)
4.M.O.U.T. Military Operations on Urban Terrain (Training in combat in closed spaces and houses)
5.Staff and Support Company (responsible for activities such as transport and medical services within the camp)
6. Guards Recruit (Training School)
Sitting proudly at the top of Karl Johans Gate, The Royal Palace is surrounded by parkland (Slottsparken).
Although it is the official residence of the present monarchy, the Royal Family live in other Royal residences.
Designed by the Danish born architect Hans D F Linstow (1787 -1881) after the Norwegian Parliament recognised the need for a Norwegian Royal Palace in 1821. Norway, having been ceded to Sweden after the Napoleonic Wars, was leaning more to independence, King Karl Johan (Formerly one of Napoleons French marshalls, then the adopted heir to the Swedish throne) was enthusiastic about creating the Palace in Christiana (becoming Oslo in 1924) The foundation stone was laid in 1825, with work completed in 1825.
The building work suffered many delays and alterations due to 'going over budget' Expansion work was carried out when King Oscar (KJ's son) and his family moved in.
Over the years the palace has undergone periods of negligence, often due to the monarchy preferring to live elsewhere. In 1905, after the dissolution of the union with Sweden, King Haaken and Queen Maud were faced with a property with no water closets, and generally an unsafe building-as well as the lack of water for hygiene, fire risk was of consideration.
King Olav attempted modest updating, with only work of priority being considered.
in 1991 the present King Harold was faced with the dilemma of updating the derelict palace. A lengthy programme of renovation, with experts being employed for each project, has received much criticism for the amount of money spent, but since the rooms have been open to the public since 2002, some have agreed the restoration was worth it.
Palace Rooms Open Summer only.
Changing of the Guard - daily @ 13.30 hours. (See My tip below for more information)
I enjoyed the ducks on the lake at the back of the palace more than the building itself. I was a bit disappointed. It looks too modern for my liking.
The ducks were very funny. The male duck kept on chasing the female duck and she just didn't give a damn about him! He would run after her and she would stop, wait a bit (turning her head away from him and ignoring his existence) and then she would run to the lake. The poor male duck... It was very funny though how desperately in love the male duck was...LOL
Slottet is Norway's royal palace, the home of the Norwegian Monarchy. The palace was built in the first half of the 19th century and back then it was the home of the Norwegian and Swedish king Charles III (Carl Johan or Charles XIV of Sweden). The architect, instead, was the Dane Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow (1787-1851)
As far as I know the park surrounding the palace (Slottsparken) can be visited every day - but do miss the boring changing of the guard at 1.30 PM. Apparently it should be possible to visit the palace by joining a guided tour, but these tours only run in summer, so I really would not know if they can be recommended or not.
Built in 1848, this palace is the working residence of the Norwegian King ( He lives elsewhere). This building is more accessible than any other Palace I have seen. You can literally walk right up within a few feet of it. As far as I know there are no tours inside though