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Our review was created for those who do not know what to see in Oslo, but have already decided to make a trip to this hospitable Norwegian city. We have compiled our rating of “the main sights of Oslo”, focusing on the recommendations of experienced guides and reviews of experienced tourists
What to see in Oslo in the first place
It is simply impossible to list all the interesting places in Oslo. Therefore, we will tell you only about those sights and excursions in Oslo that are most popular with travelers, and without which your trip will be incomplete:
1. Akershus Castle
The majestic Akershus Castle on the territory of the fortress of the same name
A beautiful castle, which every tourist should see with his own eyes, is hidden behind massive fortress walls. The building was built in the style of the early Renaissance, and serves as the location of the Norwegian Museum of the Great Patriotic War (exhibits – partisan maps and drawings, newspapers, leaflets and photos). Numerous artifacts are stored in the interior. Be sure to visit the local chapel, walk along the walls, enjoying the views of the city. The guard of honor changes at the gates of Akershus every afternoon.
2. Royal Palace
Statue of King Karl Johan XIV in front of the Royal Palace
The whole family should see such sights in Oslo. The palace complex of 1849 was the residence of the Norwegian king. The building is made in a conservative and austere style, draws attention to the complete lack of decor. The “pearl” of the palace is called the adjacent park area – everyone can walk along it, watching the solemn guard of the guards, absolutely free of charge. Entrance to the internal front halls is also free. However, please note that using a cell phone or taking photos is strictly prohibited.
Official website: http://www.royalcourt
3. Parliament building (Storting)
The yellow brick parliament building (Storting) has a round shape with wings on the sides
The building has an incredibly elegant and luxurious look. The seat of the country's parliament. It is necessary to see such sights of Norway with a guide. Special tours of the halls are organized for travelers.
4. City Hall
View of the facade of the Town Hall, lined with brown bricks
The complex includes several towers in which employees of municipal services work, and the main building. Members of the city board and parliament sit in the central hall. Every year, the legendary Nobel Prize ceremony is held here. Among the stored values, one should single out the artistic masterpiece “Life” and the fresco “Trade and Crafts” by Munch. Guests can explore almost any premises, including the banquet hall and halls of the celebration gallery. If you don't know what to visit in Oslo in your free time, go here.
Official website: https://www.oslo.kommune.
5. Karl Johan Street
The main city sights along the Karl Johans pedestrian street
One of the main pedestrian streets of the capital, which got its name in memory of Charles the Fourth. Vacationers are invited to visit various retail outlets: souvenir shops, grocery stores, clothing and footwear boutiques. In addition, there are restaurants and cafes of national cuisine. The street is also famous for the fact that there are a variety of monuments of culture and history on it: the palace park, the House of Parliament, the national theater, etc.
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6. Aker Brygge
Cityscape in Aker Brygge
Formerly industrial, but today one of the most elite and fashionable districts of the city, “filled” with trendy restaurants, expensive apartments and shopping malls. If you're looking for affordable Oslo hotels, you won't find them here. However, you can freely walk around the area, watching the colorful shop windows and signs.
Official website: https://www.akerbrygge
7. Opera Oslo Theater
Asymmetrical lines and large spaces in the architecture of the Helge Høifødt Opera House building
One of the brightest examples of where to go in Oslo is a must. World stars perform here. Even if you are not interested in opera and ballet productions, take a look at the majestic building of the theater, made of glass and marble. Everyone can go up to its roof and see the panorama of the capital.
8. Norwegian National Theatre
Sculpture by Henrik Ibsen in front of the Norwegian National Theater
Date of construction – 1899. The theater, on the stage of which wonderful dramatic performances are given. One of the largest theater centers in Norway.
9. Oslo Cathedral
The Cathedral, built in the 17th century at the expense of the townspeople
The temple bears the honorary title of the main cathedral of Oslo. The date of construction is 1697 (since that time it has been subjected to numerous restorations, which made it possible to preserve its unique design). The unique interior with an old altar from 1748, paintings of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion by M. Rush, stained glass windows by E. Vigeland, painted ceilings and luxurious wall decoration deserve special attention.
Official website: https ://kirken.no/nb
10. Holy Trinity Church
The facades of the Church of the Holy Trinity are made of red brick
A huge temple of the 19th century, with a capacity of approximately one thousand people. The building, crowned with a bell tower and made in the shape of a cross, belongs to the neo-Gothic architectural style. The interior decoration is distinguished by the presence of colorful stained glass windows, a historic organ and an altar from the 19th century.
11. St. Olav's Cathedral
St Olaf's Cathedral or Nidaros Cathedral
19th century neo-gothic Catholic cathedral. Inside is the greatest value – the remains of St. Olaf, donated to the temple by Pope John II. And also a copy of the “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael.
12. Aker Old Church
Aker's old church is the only surviving medieval temple User:Helge Høifødt
The only surviving cathedral of the Middle Ages and the oldest building in the city is the historical monument of Oslo. Presumably, the object of architectural heritage belongs to the 11-12th century. Initially, it was made of wood, but stone came instead.
13. Spasskoye Cemetery
The old part of the Spassky cemetery in Oslo
An ancient cemetery, equipped more than 200 years ago. Today he has his own Lutheran cathedral with the advent of the Russian Church. Now the necropolis is a memorial; burials have ceased since the middle of the 20th century. Here are the graves of famous scientists, politicians and cultural figures of the state.
14. Kon-Tiki Museum
The ship Ra II of the Norwegian traveler T. Heyerdahl in the Kon-Tiki Museum Daderot
What should you definitely see in Oslo in 1 day? This chic museum complex, whose expositions are not just artifacts and examples of history, but also entire ships and panoramas of mystical caves. Entrance is free for children under 6 years old.
15. Viking Ship Museum
The Oseberg ship at the David Jones Viking Ship Museum
Another unique complex where you can look at things, textiles, tools, weapons of the Vikings. Of particular interest are two wooden ships from the 9th century, which were also the property of this ancient Scandinavian people.
Official website: https://www.khm.uio
16. Vigeland Museum
The museum's collection is dedicated to the work of the Norwegian artist E. Vigeland Helge Høifødt
Chapel building with unique church stained-glass windows made in glass mosaic technique (created by Emanuel Vigeland). Initially, the complex was supposed to be just a museum for sculptures and works of art, but later it also became the mausoleum of the creator. The urn with the ashes is located near the entrance to the museum, all windows are sealed and walled up. The main “chip” of the object is a dark vaulted hall covered with frescoes. In addition to frescoes and paintings, occupying an area of 800 square meters, in the halls you can see sculptural groups and drawings by E. Vigeland.
17. Fram Museum
The exposition of the Fram Museum is dedicated to the sea expeditions of the Norwegians Daderot
Guides in Oslo especially recommend visiting this attraction for those who are passionate about the history and life of Antarctica. The main example of the museum complex is the ship, thanks to which R. Amundsen once conquered the mainland. In addition to the ship, it is possible to inspect medical devices, stuffed Antarctic animals, navigation equipment, and personal items of sailors. A pleasant moment is that you can inspect the ship as a whole, entering the technical rooms and boats, climbing the wheelhouse and deck.
18. Munch Museum
One of the halls Munch Museum dalbera
Gallery, which presents the masterpieces of the graphic artist and artist Munch. Now the collection contains about 18 thousand graphic works, more than 4 thousand drawings and over 1 thousand works of art, as well as a written archive and artist's notes. Here are the personal belongings of the creator, bequeathed to him by Oslo. Science film screenings and concerts are regularly organized in the building.
19. National Gallery
Sculptures and paintings in the National Gallery Jorge Láscar
One of the most visited museums in the capital, which houses the largest collection of sculptures and paintings. Despite the fact that most of them were made by Norwegian masters, there are canvases and sculptural compositions from all over the world – works by Monet, V. Gogh, Picasso and many other geniuses of the past.
20. Folk Museum of Norway
Historical buildings on the territory of the Norwegian Folk Museum
Museum complex in the open air, opened more than 110 years ago. The territory of 14 hectares allows you to get acquainted with the life of the citizens of Norway over the past few centuries. Exhibits – urban and rural buildings (including medieval times). The corresponding interiors were recreated in the buildings. In addition, there is an ancient pillar temple dating back to 1200 on the square of the National Museum. The employees of the complex wear national clothes, treat them with drinks and stories about how Norwegians lived in the old days.
Official website: https://norskfolkemuseum.
Attractions Oslo: what else to visit in Oslo?
We told you about the main sights of Oslo briefly. If you have time left to explore other interesting places and objects of the capital, dedicate it:
21. Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art
A small park in front of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art in Benson Kua harbor
The complex is set in a beautiful harbour. A modern building with a huge glass roof united three parts of the building (one of the parts is reserved for offices). You can walk through the pavilions on special bridges. There is a landscaped park area in front of Astrup Fearnley.
Official website: http://www.afmuseet.no
22. Henie Unstad Art Center
Top view of Heni Arts Center -Unstad giggel
The permanent exhibition is based on more than a hundred paintings from the private collection of the family of Sonia Henie and Nils Unstad (the founders of the center). The building, which houses the creations of Klee, Miro, Picasso and other legendary artists, consists of a conference room, an auditorium and 6 exhibition rooms.
Official website: http://hok .no/en/
23. Nobel Peace Center
In front of the Nobel Peace Center, an artist's work entitled “Slaughter” by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Talking about the best sights of Oslo, it would be a crime not to mention this archive, museum, school and discussion club. The center was founded 13 years ago. Its exhibits tell about environmental pollution, man's careless attitude towards nature, the problems of the whole Earth, world military conflicts.
Official website: https://www.nobelpeacecenter
24. Tusenfried Amusement Park
High-speed roller coaster in Tusenfried Bjoertvedt amusement park
Wonderful amusement park with excellent infrastructure. The attractions are aimed at both children and adults. There is a cafe, a race track, swings, water rides, the famous roller coaster (also of various heights and “coolness”).
Official website: https://www.tusenfryd
25. Oslo Botanical Garden
A picturesque corner of the city botanical garden
This attraction is a huge success among both guests and residents of the city. It is located in the central part of the capital, and allows you to safely spend time outdoors. On the vast territory there are several museums of various subjects, the Aromatic Garden, many wicker sculptures, benches for relaxation. The number of flowers and plants is about two thousand varieties.
Official website: https://www.nhm.ui
26. Vigeland Sculpture Park
One of the 227 statues of the Norwegian sculptor G. Vigeland in the open-air park
Another outdoor museum, all sculptures of which are made of granite and bronze by G. Vigeland. The task of each monument is to tell about the various aspects of human life – from the moment of birth to death. Famous objects such as the Angry Boy and the Tree of Life are located here. In addition, there is space for an exhibition of works of art by Vigeland's younger brother, Emmanuel, whose gallery we described above.
Official website: http://www.vigeland.museum.
27. Akerselva River
The Akerselva River flows through the territory Oslo User:Mahlum
The length of the river is more than 8 kilometers. The waters of Akerselva flow over the entire area of the capital, providing the work of a number of industrial organizations. There are wonderful protected areas and national parks on the banks.
28. Holmenkollen District
View from the ski jump to Holmenkollen JøMa
The location of the district is the highest point of the capital. Once you reach it, you can go to the forests of Mark. On the territory of Holmenkollen there is everything that is required for sports and cultural recreation – from a cross-country skiing simulator to the Ski Museum. Rental shops and cafes are open.
29. Lake Sognsvann
Lake Sognsvann is a great area for outdoor recreation
In the cold season, local residents and guests of the city come here to skate and ski. On warm days, you can arrange a bike ride, camping or a picnic here. Many famous politicians and cultural figures come to the lake to play sports and go for a morning run.
30. Oslo Fjord
Oslo Fjord natural landscape
Since ancient times, people have settled on the shores of this beautiful bay. Well-preserved remains of wooden ships belonging to the Vikings were discovered here. The bay is filled with numerous islands, so the passage of large ships through it is significantly difficult. The area is also great for a relaxing holiday in the fresh air.
We hope that those sights of Oslo, the photos with the names and descriptions of which you have just seen, will help you create an entertaining excursion route.