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Taking a look at “The Queen’s hill” in Oslo

About a three-minute walk from the main building at Bygdøy Royal Estate lies “the Queen’s Hill” (Norwegian: Dronningberget). A steep hill that, today, is a public park. The park was built in the 1700s. In the park, which can be visited by anyone, there are main two sights. The first thing that meets you as you walk up the wide path is an impressive monument in memory of Herman Wedel-Jarlsberg.

After leaving the wide path and entering the small forest paths, they all lead to the highest point of the hill. Here is a beautiful garden with benches and flower. Here is also a cabin called “The Shieling-hut” (Norwegian: Sæterhytta), with large windows. At the top of the hill, there is an impressive view of large parts of western Oslo.

The path from the main road and up the hill. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The monument to Wedel-Jarlsberg. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

At the cabin, there is also a separate music pavilion, and at regular intervals, there are small concerts here. The cabin itself is currently managed by the museum at Bygdøy and can be rented to have celebrations. The cottage was built in 1862 and was a gift from King Karl XV of Sweden and Norway to his wife, Queen Louise.

In the early 1900s, ordinary Oslo citizens and tourists also began to use the park. It became very popular, and in the years before WWII, there was a separate cafe in the cabin that was very popular to visit. After the war, the use was minimal, and the vegetation in the park covered the paths making it difficult to travel there.

The cottage and music pavilion. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

The cabin with parts of the view towards Oslo city centre. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

When King Harald and Queen Sonja both turned 70-years-old in 2007, the park was restored as a gift from the Norwegian government. Since then, it has been taken into more use but is still a little-known site, even among the city’s population.

There are also a number of other trails and smaller statues around Bygdøy, which were built to entertain the Norwegian Royal Family. These today work mainly as recreation areas for Oslo’s population.

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