Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Castle and Fortress construbtion started in 1299 by Håkon the Fifth, and completed during the 1300s, located in Oslo, Norway. The Fortress has been at the center of the Oslo’s and Norway’s growth and development for over 700 years, It’s currently a popular cultural area.

The castle is mentioned in written sources for the first time in 1300 in a letter from King Haakon to a church in Oslo. However, the letter does not mention how far the construction of the castle had progressed by then.

The fortress has successfully survived all sieges, primarily by Swedish forces, including those by forces led by Charles XII in 1716.

The Medieval Akershus Castle and is a Royal Residence developed into a fortnress in 1592 and later into a Renaissance Castle between 1637 and 1648.

The castle’s Royal Mausoleum is the final resting place of a number of Norwegian royal figures. This includes King Sigurd I, King Haakon V, Queen Eufemia, King Haakon VII, Queen Maud, King Olav V and Crown Princess Märtha.

Since restoration of the main building, the castle has frequently been used as the venue for official events and dinners for dignitaries and foreign heads of state.

Currently the castle’s halls and rooms are being used by the Norwegian government for Official functions. You can find the Castle Church and the Royal Mausoleum open to the public

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 06:00 to 21:00

Entry Fee

Entry Fee

There is free entrance to the fortress area.

Museums, concerts, events, festivals and the like have tickets and prices.

Closed for renovation until May 2, 2020.

Facts About Akershus Fortress

Interesting and Informative Facts About Akershus Fortress

  • Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle in the Norwegian capital Oslo that was built to protect and provide a royal residence for the city.
  • The first fortress is believed to have been built by King Haakon the Fifth.
  • The fortress was first used in battle in 1308, when it was besieged by the Swedish duke Eric of Södermanland.
  • Akershus Fortress was used as a Prison.

How To Get To Akershus Fortress

There are 3 ways to get from Oslo Central Station to Akershus Fortress by tram, taxi or foot

Tram from Jernbanetorget to Kontraskjæret, around a five minute journey, then Walk from Kontraskjæret to Akershus Fortress will take around 7 minutes.

Taxi from Oslo Central Station to Akershus Fortress, will take around 4 minutes and charge anything between 116 Norwegian Krone equals to 141 (£9-£11).

Walk from Oslo Central Station to Akershus Fortress, will take 18 minutes, around 5,000 feet.

The following stations are the closest to the Akershus Fortress:

Kontraskjæret 481 meters away 7 min walk
Rådhusgata 585 meters away 8 min walk
Rådhuset 671 meters away 10 min walk
Øvre Slottsgate 686 meters away 10 min walk
Vippetangen Fiskehallen 698 meters away 10 min walk

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