The Norwegian Palace is pretty much a must-visit for tourists and travelers in Oslo, and definitely something to do if you are spending a day in Oslo. It isn’t hard to find, either. The Royal Palace in Oslo is located at the end of the city’s main shopping street; Karl Johan. When you visit Oslo it’s sure to be on your list of places to go and things to see, so I won’t waste too much time telling you that you have to see it. (But you do)
The Changing of the Guards happens every day at 13:30. It isn’t too eventful, but it’s still quite fun to experience since you’re going to go see the Castle anyway. I took Andrea to see it, and after warning her that it wouldn’t be too exciting we were met with a couple hundred of the King’s Men. We quickly realised that it wasn’t a normal day for them.
It turned out that we had chosen to visit on the opening day of the Norwegian Parliament; Stortinget. Being Norwegian and all, I guess I should’ve known. But a girl can’t remember everything she reads in the news, right?
It wasn’t long until the King and Queen themselves show up, and we couldn’t believe our luck! I don’t really see the point of a Royal Family, but I’m still a huge fan of it. And how can you not love a King who once called his wife a troll on national television?
You can see the video of the infamous interview here, and then we can all agree that the King of Norway is a legend.
You could say Andrea’s visit to the Norwegian Palace was a success. Just like Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family doesn’t live there 24/7, but you can tell if they are there depending on the flag wavering on top of the building. In the summer months they do guided tours of the Palace, and I can’t wait to go on one as soon as May comes around. I’m a huge sucker for a nice castle, but aren’t we all?
You can find more information about the Palace here, and make sure you go visit when you are in Oslo. Tell Harald I said Hi!
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