It's not that well-known that Norway even has a royal family with a palace right in the center of Oslo. The building itself is plain and elegant, the design dating from the early 19th century, and it's surrounded by pleasant parks and gardens, so it's a nice peaceful retreat from the city.
You can take a tour inside the palace in the summer months, or otherwise just wander round the grounds which, unlike those of most royal palaces, are fully open to the public. Try to catch the changing of the guard for a bit of a spectacle.
Otherwise, the palace is pleasantly modest, understated and unfussy, like the Norwegian royal family.
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