Akershus Fortress - Important Landmark and Cultural Center of Oslo
by Brian D. Ladin
Brian D. Ladin, founder of Delos Shipping and Delos Investment Management, often travels around the world for both business and pleasure. Over the years, Brian D. Ladin has been to a number of cities including London, Hamburg, and Oslo.
Oslo, Norway, is a popular tourist destination for a variety of reasons. It is known for its winter sports during its colder months and is recognized for its variety of historic and otherwise interesting attractions. Akershus Fortress is just one of the many attractions the city has to offer. Built in the late 1200s by Hakon V, Akershus Fortress underwent extensive renovation in the 1800s. It is now one of Norway’s oldest cultural heritage sites and has been a landmark for Oslo since the city was first established beneath the fortress in the early 1600s. Given its central location in the city, Akershus Fortress is a popular recreational area and is also home to the Royal Mausoleum and Museum of the Norwegian Resistance.
Akershus Fortress is open every day of the week during the year, however, its specific opening and closing times vary slightly by day and time of the year. It periodically hosts temporary exhibitions that focus on the site’s history along with a number of celebrations and state occasions.
Entrance to the fortress is free, but visitors will have to pay for guided tours. Guided tours address the different royal visits, sieges, and daily living at the fortress over the years.