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Strategically located on a rock above the Oslo Fjord, the Akershus Fortress kept watch over the safety of King Håkon V and his Norwegian subjects during the Middle Ages. Akershus is still a military base, which is why you’ll see adolescents patrolling with bushy feathers on their heads. The fortress is open to the public. Foreign visitors take in its history here, while locals enjoy strolling around the area.
The modernistic city hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year, seems to want to steal the show in Oslo, but with the ultramodern Opera House, a new eye-catcher has joined the competition. However, the proud Akershus Fortress has dominated the skyline along the Oslo Fjord for 7 centuries. Construction on Akershus began in 1299 to repel invasions from warmongering Sweden. Nowadays, it serves a much more peaceful function as a place where locals walk their dogs and tourists enjoy views of the harbour. Open air concerts are also often held here.
“During World War II, resistance fighters were executed here – while after the war, the same happened to collaborators.”