Akershus Fortress


Down by the harbour in Oslo lies Akershus Fortress, a medieval royal castle built in the 1600s as the seat of royal representatives. Its strategic location at the far end of the Oslo fjord made it an important part of the defence of Oslo in case an attacker approached the sea route. During the second world war between 9 february and 17 march 42, the german occupying power executed on three occasions 42norwegian citizens. On 9 and 10 February 28 people were executed as reprisals for the Norwegian resistance movement murdered the head of the Norwegian state police Karl Marthinsen on 8 February 1945. Marthinsen was shot down in his car just outside his home in Oslo on his way to work. In addition to these executions, three Norwegian resistance men were also executed in August 1941. When Quisling was brought to justice after the war, he was imprisoned in the castle’s gunpowder tower. He was sentenced to death and executed at the gunpowder tower on October 24, 1945. 

Current status: Preserved with museum. (2019).

Address: Akershus fästning, 0150 Oslo.

Get there: Walk from central Oslo.

My comment:

The location of the fortress provides a good view beyond the Oslo fjord and Oslo harbor area and is a popular destination for both Oslo residents and tourists. On the fortress there is also a Hjemmefrontsmusem about the second world war. At the place of execution where Norwegian citizens were executed, there is a monument. However, there is nothing at the pitcher tower that informs that it was there that Quisling was executed. This is because from the Norwegian side do not want it to be a gathering point for sympathizers to Quisling. Quisling himself is buried in the family grave in Skien. 

Follow up in books: Greene, Jack, Massignani, Alessandro: Hitler Strikes North: The Nazi Invasion of Norway & Denmark, April 9, 1940 (2013).