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The Palace Park

Relax in the shadow of the royal residence and enjoy pageantry against a backdrop of tranquil lawns and ancient trees.

The Palace Park surrounds the Norwegian royal family’s residence in the centre of Oslo and extends over 22 hectares. It was constructed at the same time as the palace, making it one of the city’s oldest public parks. Many of the original trees are still standing, lending a timeless quality to this historic green lung.

The network of gravel paths provides a variety of different routes around the park, past restful ponds and neatly planted flowerbeds. Along the way you can see statues of famous Norwegians, including the British-born princess who married into the Norwegian royal family and became Queen Maud in 1905, and the famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who trained with Rodin and designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal.

The small bridge that traverses the Ice Pond is an atmospheric place to pause for peaceful reflection. The pond was once used to cut ice for the palace cellar and local breweries, but today its calm surface is covered with graceful water lilies that fill the air with their heady scent.

Come to the park at lunchtime to see the traditional changing of the Royal Guard. The colourful ceremony lasts around 40 minutes, as the old guards hand over to new sentries, before marching in step back to the barracks. The Royal Palace itself is open during the summer months for guided tours of the state rooms, dining room, chapel and hall of mirrors. A schedule of times and prices is published on the official website of the Royal House of Norway.

During the summer, Queen’s Park is also open to visitors. This pretty, private garden is off limits when the royal family are in residence, but is usually open from mid-May to the end of September.

Catch a metro, bus or tram to the Palace Park, or take a gentle stroll from the city centre. The park is free to enter but there is a charge for guided tours of the palace.


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Palace Park Hotels

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo

0.4 km from Palace Park
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo: Family hotel with free WiFi and an indoor pool. Located near a train station.

    Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, OsloAU$196

    Smarthotel Oslo

    Smarthotel Oslo

    0.7 km from Palace Park
      3.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

      Smarthotel Oslo: Business-friendly hotel with free WiFi and a bar/lounge. Located near a train station.

      Smarthotel OsloAU$114

      Hotel Verdandi Oslo

      Hotel Verdandi Oslo

      0.7 km from Palace Park
        3.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

        Hotel Verdandi Oslo: Family hotel with free breakfast and free WiFi. Located near a metro station.

        Hotel Verdandi OsloAU$114

        Hotell Bondeheimen

        Hotell Bondeheimen

        1.0 km from Palace Park
          3.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

          Hotell Bondeheimen: Family hotel with free breakfast and free WiFi. Located near a train station.

          Hotell BondeheimenAU$147

          Grand Hotel Oslo

          Grand Hotel Oslo

          1.0 km from Palace Park
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Grand Hotel Oslo: Luxury hotel with free WiFi and a restaurant. Located near a metro station.

            Grand Hotel OsloAU$308

            P-hotels Oslo

            P-hotels Oslo

            1.2 km from Palace Park
              3.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              P-hotels Oslo: Family hotel with free breakfast and free WiFi. Located near a metro station.

              P-hotels OsloAU$103

              Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

              Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

              2.0 km from Palace Park
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

                Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget: Family hotel with free WiFi and a bar/lounge. Located in the city centre.

                Comfort Hotel Xpress YoungstorgetAU$108

                Citybox Oslo

                Citybox Oslo

                1.8 km from Palace Park
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  3.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

                  Citybox Oslo: Family hotel with free WiFi and a restaurant. Located in a shopping district.

                  Citybox OsloAU$104

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