Dating to 1299, this stone medieval castle and royal residence was developed into a fortress armed with cannons by 1592. After that time, it withstood a number of sieges and then fell into decay. It was finally restored in 1899. Summer tours take you through its magnificent halls, the castle church, the royal mausoleum, reception rooms, and banqueting halls. Explore Akershus Fortress on your own with the Fortress Trail Map, which you can pick up at the visitor center or download at www.forsvarsbygg.no/ftp/verneplaner/Akershus_eng%20HQ%20visning.pdf. Note that the castle is closed during official visits, which happen a couple weekends a year.
Akershus festning, Oslo, 0015, Norway