About Akershus Fortress

If you are looking to spend a day discovering the history of Oslo, then Akershus Fortress is a great place. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress commenced in 1299 under King Håkon V. The castle was modernized and converted into a Renaissance castle and royal residence by King Christian IV. It was built to protect and provide a royal residence for Oslo, the capital of Norway. The castle has also been used as a military base. Today it is a museum, open for public viewing. Known to withstand many sieges, this medieval castle was completed in the 1300s. The location is very strategic. The fortress area serves as a venue for major events like concerts, public holiday celebrations, and ceremonies.

Must See

  • Fireworks Ring
  • Castle
  • Children's Squlptursti
  • Artwork

How to reach

The fortress is centrally located in Oslo and is close to public transport such as train, metro, and bus. 

It is about a 15-minute to walk from Oslo Central Station to the fortress's main entrance in Kirkegata.


  • The fortress is not completely wheelchair accessible but it has places for those with handicaps. 
  • There is a restaurant where you can get light snacks.
  • The visitor center is located in the "long red house" right by the carp pond. 
  • Pets are allowed.
  • The tours take place in Norwegian and English. Some of the tours are fixed, while others must be pre-booked.
  • There are no lodging options at Akershus Fortress.

Visit Time

Sunday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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1 hour


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