1. The Royal Castle
Stroll along Oslo’s main street, Karl Johans, to the Royal Palace and discover the lavish living quarters of the Norwegian royals. Keep in mind, however, that the Royal Castle is only open to the public during the summer, when you can explore the castle on an hour-long guided tour.
A guided tour leads visitors through cabinets and suites, from dining rooms to ceremonial halls and a ballroom.
If you hit the scene in the winter when there are no tours, take a picture of the Royal Palace from outside and then head out to explore the abundant shopping on Karl Johans Street and the hustle and bustle of restaurants, cafés and nightclubs.
2. Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress is a cozy, green area close to Oslo’s facilities. The atmospheric fortress area has a hard time believing that it was built for military use in a strategic location and endured numerous battles and sieges at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries.
You can tour the outside of the fortress on your own, but you can get more out of your visit to Oslo’s history with guided tours in the summer. You can also visit the Akershus Castle, which was rebuilt during the Renaissance.
3. Opera House
Oslo is known for its modern architecture, and the Oslo Opera House, completed in 2008, represents some of the city’s best. The Oslo Opera House rises from the sea like an iceberg, and is inspired by northern nature.
Even if you don’t want to get to know the high culture at the opera house, it is a spectacular subject and offers a grandiose setting for a lunch break on the steps of the opera house.
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4. Vigeland Sculpture Park
Oslo’s Frogner Park is best known for the human statues in Vigeland’s sculptural installation. There are over 200 in the park Gustav Vigelandin statues, the most special of which even compare to the Parikkala statue park in Finland.
The park is a popular destination for both locals and tourists, especially during the summer, when the lush park provides the perfect place to spend a peaceful summer day.
5. City Hall
Built in 1950, Oslo’s red-brick town hall represents the city’s older architecture. In addition to the officials, tourists are also welcome at the town hall, as free guided tours are held there during the summer.
The building is decorated with 20th-1950s Norwegian art on Norwegian history, culture and working life. The annual Nobel Prize ceremony is also held at the Norwegian City Hall.
6. Holmenkollen Ski Jumping Center
The Holmenkollen ski jumping tower can be seen far to the west of Oslo. It takes about 20-30 minutes by metro from the center of Oslo, and the journey to the hill, already filled with spectacular scenery, is an experience in itself.
Holmenkollen offers easy access to the outdoor terrain in the Nordmark area, and Holmenkollen is home to a favorite destination for sports fans: the ski museum, which tells the history of winter sports and especially ski jumping.
7. Edvard Munch -museo
Norway’s most famous artist is a pioneer of expressionism Edvard Munchby the most famous painting Call every traveler to Norway knows.
Usually Call is on display at the Norwegian National Gallery, but the museum closed in 2019. The museum will be closed while a new museum is being built and the art collection moves to a new museum due to open in 2020.
So surely Edvard Munch’s life’s work can be seen in the Edvard Munch Museum, which has a lot of paintings and drawings by artists from different times.
8. Aker Brygge
Aker Brygge is an area worth visiting for restaurants, shopping and modern architecture. The modern business center is built on the old shipyard and hosts cultural events, photo exhibitions and concerts.
There is a cozy promenade along the shores of the fjord, along which you can stop by the terrace and spend a relaxing holiday.
Tusenfryd, Norway’s largest amusement park, is suitable for a day trip with its roller coasters, carousels, logs and other equipment. In summer, the amusement park also has a water park where the whole family can enjoy themselves.
The amusement park is located south of Oslo and can be reached by public transport in about half an hour.
10. Bygdøyn museot
If you want to explore some of Oslo’s most interesting museums, many of them are easy to find on the same peninsula. On the Bygdøy peninsula, west of central Oslo, for example, you can learn about Viking history at the Oslo Viking Ship Museum, which features well-preserved Viking ships and artefacts. The newer wooden ship can be visited at the nearby Fram Museum, which features a Fram ship sailing in the Arctic Circle.
A 15-minute walk from the Viking Ship Museum is also the Kon-Tiki Museum, which showcases Norwegian Thor Heyerdahlin life story. Heyerdahl is known worldwide for crossing the Pacific on a balsa wood ferry in 1947. The museum also displays an Oscar-winning documentary about Thor Heyerdahl.
The third interesting museum in Bygdøy is the Norwegian Folk Museum Norsk Folkemuseum, which is the largest open-air museum in Oslo. Among other things, you can see the 13th-century Nordic church in the museum. The museum’s buildings represent architecture from the 16th century to the present, and the indoor exhibitions feature Norwegian national costumes, folk art, church art and Sámi culture.
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Source: Visit Oslo
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