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 position of the Royal Palace in Oslo has a lots of similarities to the position of the Royal family in Norway's everyday life. Everything is as it should be: the Palace is placed on a dominant position on a hill making an end to Oslo's central street - Karl Johans gata. A great setting for parades and showing off.
Yet, as you approach the Royal palace you become aware that it is indeed very approachable (much easier than the nearby fenced US embassy, for instance). A 55-hectares park surrounding the palace is a popular area for walks of the locals and it wouldn't come as much of a surprise if you would see the Crown prince and princess catching some sun here - a modern approach to 21st century Monarchy.
The Palace itself was built between 1824 and 1848, it was designed by and architect Hans Ditlev Frants Linstow and has approximately 150 rooms. Visits are possible but tickets must be ordered in advance - details on their website.
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
Built 1824 - 48 during the Christiania period this palace is home of the Norwegian king and his family. It is located on a hill at the western end of downtown and overlooks Oslo's main street, the Karl Johans Gata. It is surrounded by a nice park. During the summer the palace is open to visitors and can be seen during a guided tour.
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 is situated on the top of Karl Johansgate, with a great view of the street. It was made by the architect Hans Ditlev Linstow from 1824-1848. Orginally designed to be much bigger, but because of lack of funding some parts where cut in the buildingprocess.
Around the castle is a beautiful park that is open to everyone. There are many small lakes where you can feed the birds, and it is a great place to take a relaxing walk.
Everyday at 13.30 is the changing of guards in front of the castle, a traditional event that you should see if you have the chance.
In the summer you can take a guided tour of the castle. The tour lasts about an hour, and there are tours in english too. You have to buy the ticket in a postoffice before you come to the castle, and it costs 95,- NOK for adults and 85,- NOK for children/students.
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)
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)
Norway is a constitutional monarchy with King Harald as the head of state. The Palace is located at the upper end of the Karl Johan Street, with a statue of Karl Johan (king of Sweden and Norway 1818 - 1844) in front of the Palace. The Palace was completed in 1848 & has been renovated recently. The guard changes every day at 13.30. Every year on 17th May (Constitution Day) marching bands, dancing children and at least half the population of Oslo watch the children parade past its balcony, waving to the Royal Family.
At the very end of Karl Johans Gate you will find The Royal Palace. Construction on the palace was begun in 1824. It was completed in 1848. The palace has over 150 rooms and sits on 55 acres of land. There are not large gates around the palace and it appears very open when you view it from Karl Johans Gate. Its a great way to end your first afternoons walk through Oslo.
Det Kongelige Slott! The Royal Palace is situated on a hill at the end of Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s main thoroughfare. The Swedish-Norwegian King Carl Johan ordered the Palace to be built in 1822. The palace was built in 1824-1848 and was recently extensively redecorated. At present, Norway’s King, Harald V, lives at the Skaugum estate in Asker, just outside Oslo, but spends his working day at the Palace. It really beautifull and very elegant wgite and yellow palace... very Royal!!!
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.
The Royal Palace is a very picturesque building located on top of the hill at the end of Karl Johans Gate. A statue of King Karl Johan sitting on a horse stands in front of the building. A great park lies next to the Palace and is open to visitors. In addition to the park and the beautiful design, the approachable nature of the Palace further adds to its appeal. When I first arrived at the Palace, I kept thinking to myself "am I really standing right next to the Royal Palace?"
I had the fortune of first visiting the Palace on a day with perfect weather. A sunny day really brings out the color of the building and provides for a very relaxing experience.
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.
At the end of Karl Johans gate there is the nice Kongelige Slott (Royal Palace). It was built by the Swedish King Karl XIV Bernadotte. The master of the work was the architect H.D.F. Linstow. The Royal Palace was dwelled from 1848 untill King Hakon VII Yngling refused to live there during the German occupation.