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Address: Oscarshallveien 805, Oslo 287, Norway
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+47 952 86 155

The summer palace of Oscarshall is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in...

The summer palace of Oscarshall is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo. The palace was commissioned by King Oscar I and Queen Joséphine, and was completed in 1852. Many Norwegian contemporary artists received commissions during the building of Oscarshall, and today it stands as a monument to Norwegian art and applied art from the 19th century. The palace, with its secondary buildings and surrounding park, is considered to be one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in Norway and is one of the country’s most important embodiments of the National Romantic style so popular in Norway during the period. The palace is open to the public every summer. In addition to the palace itself, visitors may also visit the Queen Joséphine Gallery and the surrounding park.

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This is a beautiful small castle in Bygdoy in lush surroundings. It overlooks the picturesque marina and is free to walk around the gardens but there is a charge to go inside the... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2016
Bolton, United Kingdom
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is a beautiful small castle in Bygdoy in lush surroundings. It overlooks the picturesque marina and is free to walk around the gardens but there is a charge to go inside the castle and you are not allowed to take photos inside either. Beware as the attraction is only open at certain times and closed Monday and Tuesday. The... More 

Thank jordanellie41
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

This is a typical Norwegian castle - down-to-earth, small, not flamboyant. It is only opened limited hours and months. The tours are given in different languages depending on the crowd. Unfortunately when I was there, 3 people spoke Norwegian so I was overruled. They did hand me a booklet to read as we went through. Two problems were that it... More 

Thank Kathy_R-Philly
Drammen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

Orscarshall has recently been refurbished and is now an absolute gem of a place to visit. With a new café it is also possible to enjoy the wait for the next available round of guided tours of the royal summer residence. With competent guides, lovely giftshop and fresh food the place has been giving a major upgrade from earlier years.... More 

Thank EiWiSu
Oslo, Norway
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015

Oscarshall is a small gem, a fantasy castle which has yet to be discovered by the general public. Open for summer 2015 Wed-Sun 11-17. Entry to the grounds is free, tickets for hourly guided tours are sold if you want to go inside. The buildings and the gardens are not of the grand scale you can see abroad, but utterly... More 

Thank L T
Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

You need to follow a guided tour to visite, and the attraction is only open a few hours a few days a week. Be sure to check out the opening times before you go. The gardens around is worth checking out if you're early - or after the tour. The building is very charming, and the guide was very knowledgeable.... More 

Thank EllenChr
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

The guided tour inside Oscarshall is a great way to spend your time at bygdøy. We had a spectacular guide who took the experience from decent to excellent. Make sure to explore the premises before or after the tour.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Those with a little knowledge of Norwegian history are aware that the unions with Sweden and Denmark left Norway in a poor estate both economically and in all other social aspects. Hence, palaces and grand buildings are a rarity in Norway. The Oscarshall Summer Palace is open to public during the Summer and you have to join a guided tour... More 

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