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Address: Slottsplassen 1, Oslo 0010, Norway
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+47 22 04 87 00

The Royal Palace is situated on a rise at one end of Oslo’s main...

The Royal Palace is situated on a rise at one end of Oslo’s main thoroughfare, Karl Johans gate. It was officially taken into use on 26 July 1849 by King Oscar I.The Royal Palace is open to the public during the summer season. Visitors follow a guided tour through the most important rooms of the Palace. There is usually also a special exhibition each year, as part of the tour. Tickets are available at Billettservice.no and at the entrance.The main changing of the guard takes place every day at 1.30 PM.The Royal Palace is where the daily work of the monarchy is conducted and where the King and Queen live. It is where the King presides over the Council of State, grants audiences and holds official dinners. Foreign heads of state who visit Oslo stay at the Palace. Most of the members of the Royal Court have their workplace here.

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Symbol of Freedom

The palace was a loud symbol of how free the Norwegian society is. There were no barricades, no excessive security and people could approach the palace quite easily, mingle and... read more

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Gureni L
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The palace was a loud symbol of how free the Norwegian society is. There were no barricades, no excessive security and people could approach the palace quite easily, mingle and chat with the Palace guards freely and it felt the place was full of freedom. It was not crowded.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's quick to get to and is free, so worth having a look. I went here first before checking out City Hall (a must see) and then taking a ferry to Hovedoya Island.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to take photos from outside. Not too busy, and you get to take photos with the guards, which is great.

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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Palace was beautiful, we took photos from outside as we were unaware that you can go for a tour inside. Nice statue out the front. Changing of the guards at 1:30pm

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Palace is in the heart of the city and very easy to walk to. Was not open when we visited. Beautiful grounds surround the palace. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As one of the more significant buildings in Oslo, we wanted to see it during our first visit to the city, and we wanted to watch the changing of the guards, which took place at 1:30pm. The park and grounds surrounding the palace are very nice, and the palace itself sits atop a hill at the west end of Karl... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first thing to visit once we checked in to our hotel. Very nice building, enjoyed walking round and watching guards match about. Lovely hats ;-) ;-)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get to see the palace grounds, but only up front. You can take a pic with the guard, but please treat him with respect! The building may be old but not the typical old palace buildings you might expect, kinda unrenaissancely modern.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't actually know what this building was when we visited. We just followed the main street up the hill and came to the castle. Being winter the grounds were mostly closed so there wasn't much to see.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Royal Palace is enjoyable spot to see where the royal family lives. Tourists are allowed to visit only the outside part. The palace is beautiful. The exhibitions in front of the palace are interesting. Must visit.

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