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Oslo Attractions

One of Europe’s greenest capitals Oslo is home to a wealth of architectural gems a great variety of buzzing bars and restaurants and some of the best museums and galleries on the continent. As well as a dynamic city centre Oslo boasts easy access to Norway’s stunning countryside making it easy to get out and explore lakes

forests and hills during your stay in the city. What’s more on top of a beautiful setting and spectacular cityscape Oslo is home to a mouth-watering cuisine great shopping and a diverse population ensuring there’s plenty to explore during your Norwegian adventure.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Oslo

Sentrum – The centre of Oslo is home to the city’s tallest buildings its train station and Oslo’s main harbour. Having undergone major redevelopment over the last few years the area is a now a great destination for a waterside stroll with a number of cultural institutions located in the district.

Bygdøy – Also known as ‘Museum Peninsula’ Bygdøy is home to five of the city’s best museums. The area boasts beautiful forests and parks as well as its very own beach. Enjoy a day of culture in Bygdøy or simply amble through the district’s beautiful homes and undulating landscape.

Majorstua – One of the more affluent parts of Oslo Majorstua offers a vibrant downtown fantastic shopping areas and beautiful period architecture. Head to this lively district for a day of retail therapy a tasty meal or a memorable night out.

Grünerløkka – The trendiest part of Oslo Grünerløkka is home to quirky boutiques independent cafes and restaurants and lively bars. Visit the district’s weekly antiques market or enjoy an alternative night out in one of Grünerløkka’s eclectic watering holes.

Things to See in Oslo

Oslo’s impressive sights are spread across the city though most are located within a short walk from the central district. One of the most famous landmarks in the city is the Royal Palace. The colossal early 19th century structure has 173 rooms and is open for tours throughout the summer months. Other prominent sights in Oslo include the medieval Akershus Fortress the National Museum of Art Architecture and Design and Oslo Opera House which was awarded the title of Best Cultural Building at the World Architecture Festival in 2008.

Things to Do in Oslo

Thanks to the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city and its wealth of museums restaurants bars shops and historic sights there’s more than enough in Oslo to keep you happy during your stay. Learn more about Norwegian culture and history in the museums in Bygdøy explore the independent shops and bars of Grünerløkka or get out of the city to hike bike or kayak in Oslo’s beautiful countryside. In the summer months the lakes islands and fjords that surround the city are perfect for wild swimming while the city’s bike hire scheme makes it easy to explore the sights and attractions of Oslo on two wheels.

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Oslo City Centre

Travellers choose Oslo City Centre for its fascinating museums. Hop aboard the metro at Christiania Torv Tram Station or Wessels Plass Light Rail Station and check out top sights like Oslo Opera House.



Museums, cafes and shopping highlight some notable features of Frogner. Make a stop by Aker Brygge or National Library while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Skillebekk Light Rail Station or Skarpsno Light Rail Station to get around town.



You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Grunerlokka. Spend some time visiting top spots like Mathallen Oslo, and catch the metro at Olaf Ryes Place Light Rail Station or Schous Place Light Rail Station to see more of the area.



Noted for its museums and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Toyen. Top attractions like Munch Museum and Oslo Botanic Garden are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Toyen T-Bane or Toyen Station to see more of the city.



With some of the best views in Oslo, outdoor adventures that most can only dream of and superb restaurants and accommodation, Holmenkollen is in a league of its own.



Noted for its theatres and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Vika. Top attractions like Aker Brygge and Nobel Peace Center are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Vikatorvet Tram Station or Aker Brygge Tram Station to see more of the city.

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