Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle built in the late 13th century to protect Oslo, and hosts two interesting museums for Norwegian defence history. It started as a fortified medieval castle in the 14th century, and was later transformed into a renaissance castle.
The fortress has never been besieged. However it was surrendered to Nazi Germany without combat in 1940 when the Norwegian government evacuated the capital due to the unprovoked German assault on Denmark and Norway.
Today the castle halls are used by the Government for official functions. The castle also houses the castle church and the royal mausoleum. Take our audio tour, which gives you an insight into the history of the castle.
Join our Hop On – Hop Off City Sightseeing tour that stops at Akershus Fortress.