Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)
Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning) Oslo Reviews
Jul 10, 2007
Akershus Fortress was originally built outside of Oslo , but as the city grew the fortress is now a 5min walk from the city hall. You can walk around inside the fortress and go inside "Akershus Castle" , "Homefront Museum" and the "Armed Forces Museum"
Norway's Resistance Museum
Germany occupied Norway duing the second world war beacause of its strategic location with the many fjords and long coastline. The port of Narvik was also one of significant importance beacause Iron Ore from Kiruna in sweden is transported by railway to Narvik durin wintertime since the Baltic sea frezes in wintertime.
Norway's Resistance Museum coveres 5years of occupation from invasion to liberation are re-created with pictures, documents, posters, objects, models, original copies of newspapers and recordings.
There is so much information here that you could easyli spend several hours here without getting bored. Most of the exhibition is in English, but the newspapers are in Norwegian , and sadly you are missing quite a few details if you cant read the newspapers , but the exhibition is the same. It even has one of the bombs dropped on the German Warship Tirpitz (once the most powerful ship in the world).
I ran into some americans when i was on the town once and i asked them what they liked best about oslo and they replied "Norway's Resistance Museum". This is a 5 Star Atraction, no doubt about it. If possible find a norwegian translator for some of the newspapers.
Information that you will be missing if you dont understand norwegian: When a German official or a soldier sat down on a tram in Oslo , all the native population moved away since nobody wanted to sit next to him. The germans considered this a threat and made it illegal by law to sit next to a man from Germany or "NS" (Norwegian Nazi Party)
Akershus Castle. (Akershus Slott)
A nice Castle. Be sure to get one of the guided tours. There are tours in Norwegian all the time ,but not so many in English. Go here when you enter the fortress and ask about when the English tour will start. You can go around in the Castle and even see the corpses of the old kings in Norway (like mummies!). The oldest bones in the crypt are from the 1100's so its pretty old.
Armed Forces Museum (Forsvarsmuseet)
I spent nearly 3.5hours in the Resistance Museum so i did not have time to go here, but here is what i got from the internet:
The museum shows Norwegian military history from Viking times until the 1950s, and important themes are the union with Denmark until 1814, the union with Sweden until 1905, the German attack on Norway on April 9th 1940 and the sea battles during World War II.
History is told through unique objects, models and dioramas, and the museum is well worth a visit.
The museum has a café.
Part of the Europe 2007 travel blog
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