- Castles/Palaces, Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Nestled within Palace Park at the western end of Karl Johans gate, the Royal Palace draws history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, political junkies and those who enjoy learning about European royals. This grandiose structure, which was first used by King Oscar I in 1849, continues to serve as the home and office of Norway's monarchs. Most members of the royal court also work here, and foreign heads of state regularly stay on-site during official visits.
Several previous visitors praised this expansive property, citing its beautiful gardens and exquisite exterior as highlights. Those who arrived in the summer and toured the palace also raved about the lovely rooms and informative guides. But remember, no photography is permitted inside and tours – which are only offered from late June to mid-August – fill up fast. To ensure availability, past travelers suggest buying tickets in advance on Ticketmaster's website. Tour passes are sold starting on March 1. If you're unable to snag a spot on a tour, consider visiting at 1:30 p.m. when the changing of the guard ceremony takes places.
The Royal Palace grounds are free to explore 24 hours a day. During the summer guided tour season, English tours start every day at noon, 2, 2:20 and 4 p.m., but additional tours in Norwegian are available from 10 or 11 a.m. or noon to 5 p.m. Each ticket costs 135 kroner (approximately $16.50) for adults and 105 kroner (less than $13) for seniors, students and kids ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger get in for free. Lockers and a gift shop are available inside. The easiest way to get to the property is to walk from Karl Johans gate, travel by bus or take the No. 11, 13, 17, 18 or 19 tram to a nearby station. Visit the Royal House of Norway's Royal Palace page to find our more information about the palace's history, reception rooms and grounds.
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