Royal Palace

Visit the Royal Palace in Oslo

The Royal Palace in Oslo is home to King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, the ruling monarchs of Norway. It has housed the Norwegian Royal Family since 1849 and is one of Oslo's major tourist attractions, bringing in thousands of visitors over the summer months.

Walk around the Norwegian palace

The palace is open to the public during the summer, from the end of June to the middle of August. All visitors must take a guided tour, and English speaking tours take place three times a day, seven days a week. These trips generally last for about an hour and take visitors through beautiful state rooms such as the Council Chamber, the White Parlor, the Great Hall and the King Haakon VII Suite. This must-see attraction is located at the northwestern end of the main street Karl Johan's Gate in the center of Oslo. A fine example of Neo-Classical design, the palace features a brick façade and opened in 1849 under the reign of King Oscar I. It is the main residence of the King and Queen, and where the monarchy conducts state business, grants audiences and holds official dinners.

Royal residences

If you are interested in royalty, there are many other buildings and areas to explore. You are welcome to visit the summer palace, Oscarshall, and check out the Royal Lodge for spectacular views of the capital, or enjoy a coffee in the palace café. Browse through the beautiful architecture of the other royal residences throughout Norway.