"Slottet - The Royal Palace" Royal Palace Tip by suvanki

Royal Palace, Oslo: 54 reviews and 89 photos

  Slottet, The Royal Palace, Oslo
by suvanki
  • Slottet, The Royal Palace, Oslo - Oslo
      Slottet, The Royal Palace, Oslo
    by suvanki
  • Royal Palace and Karl Johans statue - Oslo
      Royal Palace and Karl Johans statue
    by suvanki
  • Palace Guard, Oslo - Oslo
      Palace Guard, Oslo
    by suvanki

Sitting proudly at the top of Karl Johans Gate, The Royal Palace is surrounded by parkland (Slottsparken).
Although it is the official residence of the present monarchy, the Royal Family live in other Royal residences.

Designed by the Danish born architect Hans D F Linstow (1787 -1881) after the Norwegian Parliament recognised the need for a Norwegian Royal Palace in 1821. Norway, having been ceded to Sweden after the Napoleonic Wars, was leaning more to independence, King Karl Johan (Formerly one of Napoleons French marshalls, then the adopted heir to the Swedish throne) was enthusiastic about creating the Palace in Christiana (becoming Oslo in 1924) The foundation stone was laid in 1825, with work completed in 1825.
The building work suffered many delays and alterations due to 'going over budget' Expansion work was carried out when King Oscar (KJ's son) and his family moved in.
Over the years the palace has undergone periods of negligence, often due to the monarchy preferring to live elsewhere. In 1905, after the dissolution of the union with Sweden, King Haaken and Queen Maud were faced with a property with no water closets, and generally an unsafe building-as well as the lack of water for hygiene, fire risk was of consideration.
King Olav attempted modest updating, with only work of priority being considered.

in 1991 the present King Harold was faced with the dilemma of updating the derelict palace. A lengthy programme of renovation, with experts being employed for each project, has received much criticism for the amount of money spent, but since the rooms have been open to the public since 2002, some have agreed the restoration was worth it.

Palace Rooms Open Summer only.

Changing of the Guard - daily @ 13.30 hours. (See My tip below for more information)

Address: Drammensueiein 1, N-0010- Oslo
Directions: From Karl Johans Gate, head UP the hill, the Palace is right in front of you.
othercontact: Tone.Lind. Jorgensen @slottet.no
Phone: +472204 8700
Website: http://www.kongehuset.no

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Aug 4, 2007
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Enjoy Yourself -It's later than you think!”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 5 7
Forum Rank:
0 0 1 2 6

Have you been to Oslo?

  Share Your Travels