Top Attractions in Oslo
Top Attractions in Oslo
To put it simply, Oslo is where nature’s beauty meets man’s creativity. Fringed with forests, hills and lakes the city adds to the natural canvas coupled with some of the most iconic architectural structures created by man. Further accentuating the natural and man-made landscape of the city with its charm, is the culture of Oslo with several theaters and the top art galleries as well as museums in Europe. The modern art and barbarian splendor of the effervescent city attracts the architecture and retro lovers. It houses amazing art parks for the Norwegians love their sculptures to be in parks instead of museums and boasts of thriving café culture. The cuisine here is well-known as the restaurants showcase fresh produce from around the country and serves treats with great combinations. All thanks to its cutting-edge architecture, a funky-vintage scenario and an odd but appealing sculpture park fetish, this small city is blossoming into a tourist destination.
Renowned as the largest park in Oslo, Frogner Park is a popular relaxation area for people from all over the city. Head here for a run, have a picnic and barbecue party, play badminton or just soak in the sun at this park. Marvel at Norway's largest collection of roses comprising of 14,000 plants belonging to 150 different species. Let your children have their share of fun in Norway's largest playground while you satisfy your hunger pangs at the café and restaurant nearby.
Situated right in the city center, Akershus Fortress is a prominent part of Oslo's history and a must-visit in the city. Commenced in 1299 under King Håkon V for the protection of the city, the castle was modernized and converted into a Renaissance castle and Royal residence in the 17th century. The dungeons of the castle were used as prisons while the upper floors contain beautiful banquet halls and staterooms. Head to this fortress area which is a renowned venue for concerts, holiday celebrations and ceremonies. Still used for army events, guided tours are available during summer.
Labeled as the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo, this cathedral was first consecrated in 1697. Marvel at the beautiful stained glass windows and a painted ceiling which was done between 1936 and 1950. Among the highlights of the church is the altarpiece which is a 1748 model of the Last Supper and Crucifixion by Michael Rasch. The cathedral is used by the Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government for public events.
If you are someone who is interested in the Viking history, then head to the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo which contains the ornaments, tools, harnesses, utensils, and skeletons from the ships. The major highlights are the 3 restored Viking ships - Oseberg, Gokstad, and The Tune dating back to the 9th century which were made of oak were pulled ashore and used as tombs.
Oslo Opera House:
An iconic edifice placed right in the harbor, Oslo Opera House has an angled exterior that seems to be rising from the sea. Visitors can climb up the roof to enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, peek through the large windows at street levels to catch glimpses of the rehearsals. The interior of the building is mostly oak and the main hall is shaped like a horseshoe similar to classical theaters. There are 3 stages for performances: The Main House (1,369 seats), Second House (400 seats), and the Studio (200 seats) and the roof, as well as a foyer, which is used for concerts. Guided tours are available in Norwegian and English and a list of upcoming performances can be found on the website and ranges from Nkr 100 to Nkr 745.
The Royal Palace:
Construction of the Royal Palace started in 1925 under the reign of Charles III and was completed in 1849. The palace is a beautiful neo-classical style building with 173 rooms and is the current residence of the Monarch of Norway. What sets the Royal Palace apart from other Royal European places is its accessibility to the general public where you can roam around by participating in the guided tours available throughout the summer.
The Fram Museum:
Pay a visit to the Fram Museum which is an abode to the Norwegian ice-defying 19th-century polar exploration ship. Fram was built in 1892 to withstand the onslaught of polar ice and was considered to be the strongest ship of its time. Designed by Colin Archer, it has an oval design that ensures it gets pushed up instead of being crushed when ice jostles against it. The museum also houses the Gjøa, which is the first ship to navigate the Northwest Passage. Step on board the ship and imagine life at sea, browse through the exhibits comprising of maps, pictures, artefacts from the expeditions and visit the exhibitions that depict the polar life and wildlife of the area. There is also a polar simulator which lets you experience the conditions of expeditions a hundred years ago.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump is positioned on a hilltop facing the city that provides panoramic views. Also used as a concert venue, Oslo's national ski festival is held in March which attracts the top ski-enthusiasts from around the world. Started in 1923, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum is the most ancient ski museum in the world and houses 4,000 years of skiing history that also includes rock carvings from the Stone Age. It shows polar equipment used in the expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen.
Renowned as one of the Europe’s most charming parliaments, the Storting Building was built in 1866 in yellow bricks and stands as the supreme arena for political debates and decision-making for the Kingdom of Norway. Marvel at the architecture and get clicked at this seat of the Norwegian National Assembly.