Cosmopolitan, edgy, and playful- Oslo, one of the gems of Norway. Dive deep into its emerald blue waters at beautiful beaches or lakes. Heal your inner self in the city’s lush green forests and cool breezes. Or, hey wait. Are you a fashionista or a shopaholic? Oslo has most popular designer’s playful creations, to youthful sophistication and simple yet graceful designs for you to explore. You’ll also find a lot of budget-friendly places to dine and eat! Check out for more.
Your Guide Book: Famous places to visit in Oslo
Vigelands Park (Frogner Park)
Circle of life seems to revolve around you in the world’s largest sculpture park. It is Norway’s most popular tourist attraction, made by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland, free to all, opened throughout the year. If you look at the sculpture’s carefully it manifests life’s eternal ring depicting nature’s way of taking and giving back life to Earth. Nearly 200 sculptures or human figures represents this law of nature from birth to death.
The sculptures are placed in five different units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
How to get there? Situated in Majorstuen, with main entrance from Kirkeveien. Take bus 20 or tram 12 to the Vigeland Park. All westbound lines (T-bane) to Majorstuen station can take you the park. By car, follow Ring 2 to Majorstuen, Kirkeveien.
Opening times are everyday and free entry.
Nobel Peace Center
Situated at the heart of the city- Nobel Peace Center houses the nobel prize winners and their work, tell Alfred Nobel’s story and the Peace Prize. With various guided tours, temporary and permanent exhibitions, the center fosters engagement on topics of war, peace, conflict resolution.
Opening hours are from 10 to 18. For children and senior citizens, tickets are 65 NOK; adult ticket can cost 100 NOK.
How to get there? Located in Rådhusplassen, with shopping areas around. Take any westbound line t-bane to National Theatre. You’ll also easily find buses to Rådhuset and the nearest tram stop is Aker Brygge, just outside the entrance of the Center. If you plan to drive by car, you can easily find parking at Carpark in Munkedamsveien 27, or next door, in the parking facilities behind Statoil Vestre Vika in Dronning Mauds gate 10 B. For more info, please visit here.
Henrik Ibsen Museum
Come and visit Henrik Ibsen’s old house, the famous Norwegian playwright who spent last 11 years of his life there. It is an unmissable tourist spot that charms you back into Victorian times, the 19 century. His furniture and study remains as he’s left it, and even his bedroom where he uttered his last words ‘tvert imot!’ (‘on the contrary’).
Mainly opened during summers from 15 May to 14 Sep, from 11:00 to 18:00 hours. Free with Oslo pass. Or, adults tickets are 115 NOK; students, pensionists can pay 75 NOK.
How to get there? Located in Henrik Ibsen’s Gate 26, just next to the Royal Palace, and a short walk from National Theatre. Visit the site for any other info.
The Royal Palace
A relatively modest yet spectacular, Royal Palace is the seat of residence of the royal family. Built for the Swedish (infact French) King Karl Johan, the palace was not occupied before 1905, after his death. His only son Oskar I and daughter-in-law Josefine were the first royals to move in. The palace was greatly modernised under the present monarch, King Harald V.
What’s most exciting? One-hour guided tours are available during summers of its interiors. So, you can actually see how the royals’ daily life or routines might be like. You get to visit a dozen rooms like the Cabinet Cloakroom, Banqueting Hall, Mirror Room, the Palace Chapel, and a lot more. The palace is very much approachable that’s quite a contrast to other palaces. You would see children playing, families and tourists taking pics from a few miles away from the main entrance door.
How to get there? All westbound lines (t-bane) can take you to National Theatre and from there you can simply walk down all the way to the palace. For more info on guided-tours and opening hours, please visit here.
Norway’s Resistance Museum
An endearingly old-fashioned museum, within the Akershus Fortress is a memorial for resistance fighters who were executed on this spot during WWII. It covers the dark years of German occupation as well as the jubilant day of 9 May 1945 when peace was finally declared. It consists of atleast 7 museums where documents, defence materials, and other artefacts are treasured. You’ll see artefacts like numerous old maps and photographs, underground newspapers, and most intriguingly, a pair of dentures that belonged to a Norwegian prisoner of war in Poland. It was wired to receive radio broadcasts.
The location is just outside the Oslo’s city centre, at the walking distance from Aker brygge waterfront and Rådhusplassen. It’s just right behind the fortress’s western outer rampart. The access is only by foot.
Opened daily from 10 to 4 pm (upto 5 pm during summers), and only starts at 11 am on Sundays. It will charge you 50 NOK only but with Oslo Pass it’s free.
Enjoy a lush-green place where time stands still and your senses come to rest. Botaincial Garden (Botanisk Hage) was established in 1814 at Tøyen (a district of Oslo). It is an iconic museum of the world’s living plant collections. Popular among tourists and families and a great hub of knowledge.
Botanisk Hage is a part of the major educational institution where plants are used in research, public outreach, and to propagate endangered plant species.
What’s more? The Garden has greenery and tranquility in store for you. Breathe in the fragrance of little flowers, drooping birches, and cool trees. You’ll find trails everywhere. Perfect for exploring!
Opened all days from 7 am to 9 pm. Located at Sars’ gate/Monrads gate, Tøyen.
Edvard Munch Museum
Munch Museum is an art museum in Oslo, Norway dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
Edvard Munch was one of Modernism’s most significant artists. He was active throughout more than sixty years; from the time he made his debut in the 1880s, right up to his death in 1944. Munch was part of the Symbolist movement in the 1890s, and a pioneer of expressionist art from the beginning of the 1900s onward. His tenacious experimentation within painting, graphic art, drawing, sculpture, photo and film has given him a unique position in Norwegian as well as international art history.
All his fine works of art are treasured in the museum that reflect the lives of the people of late 19th and early 20th century. Explore intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built mainly upon some of the tenets of Symbolism and influenced by German expressionism.
Located at Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo. Admission fee of students and group of min. 10 persons is 50 NOK. Adults’ entrance fee is 120 NOK. Under 18 years have free entrance. You can get free entrance with Oslo Pass.
Viking Ship Museum
The Viking Ship Museum is located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. It is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery.
Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula with the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord.The adventure film The Vikings Alive is screened throughout the day on the ceilings and wall inside the museum.
The Viking Ship Museum shows discoveries from the Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune ships, plus small boats, sledges, a beautiful cart, tools, textiles and household utensils.
Two museums in the same ticket: Use your ticket from the Viking Ship Museum to get free entry to Historical Museum within 48 hours.
Take advantage of the Oslo Pass. Entrance is free! How to get? It’s located at Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo.
For shopaholics and Fashionistas
‘Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping,’ – Bo Derek. And a fashion lover. Oslo’s just the right place to be. Up your style statement with Norway’s hottest shopping destinations. Here’s how.
Oslo Sentrum or Oslo City Mall
Norway’s most popular and busy shopping centre where you would find everything right from latest designers chic style to modern interiors, cosmetics, jewellery, solitaires. A lot more than this to make your vacations an everlasting memory. The two main shopping malls are Oslo City and Byporten, both right by the side of the metro or train station at the most happening place, Jernbanetorget. We pronounce as ‘Yarn-ban-toget’. You would find the latest fashion here, more unique and authentic. Special Scandinavian designs and patterns on the clothes or interiors, whatever you’ll look at. If you want a classy style, that would be just a bit more expensive.
Karl Johans Gate
Considered as Oslo’s “main street” and its nightlife is worth experiencing. You would find night clubs, bars, and jazz clubs, long-stretched shopping centres, magnificent and fancy hotels. Warm and cozy restaurants. Where you can enjoy the sun and summers and spend hours. You’ll find Steen & Strøm, Norway’s biggest department store.
It’s a home to some of the inexpensive and best outdoor markets, cafes, and bars. It’s pronounced as ‘GROO-ner-loh-kuh’ Situated along the Akerselva river, the place has the energy and attitude of Manhattan’s Times Square or New York’s Williamsburg or London’s High Street Kensington. Combine your shopping plans with a walk along the river, or stop by one of the coffee shop areas. If you’re a vintage collection lover, start with Markveien street that has a lot of such shops. Fretex Unika, Velouria Vintage, Robot, and more in Thorvald Meyers gate is worth a visit.
Living life like a local
Huk & Paradisbukta Beach
Soft-sanded and a shallow water beach lies at the South of Bygdøy peninsula, just 5km away from the Oslo city centre. Perfect for days out with family or a get-together with friends. You can even venture out to the Oslo fjords as it offers easy access to the fjords. It’s special highlights are swimming in fresh waters or simply strolling, cycling or grilling at the community BBO grill, a volleyball court, and kiosks. Bike racks if you’ve your own bike.
How would you get there? Hop on bus 30 from central Oslo. You would also find relaxing ‘Hukodden restaurant’, a great place to enjoy the sunset in Oslo.
One of Oslo’s most visited beaches, Tjuvholmen Beach, is just the perfect place to be during sunny summers and lazy days. It’s just at the south of Aker Brygge, right close to the heart of Oslo. A child-friendly beach, where families and friends can spend quality time. The famous Astrup Fearnley Museum and other such outdoor artworks are around the beach. Many restaurants or eating outlets- from exclusive dining to cafes . Even enjoy a guided tour of the area.
How to get there? Take T-bane to National theatre and stroll down towards the beach area. Or, bus 54 towards Bryggetorget drops you nearby.
Good food and fine dining
Don’t leave Oslo without trying its scrumptious food and fine dining! Enjoy its diverse food culture on any budget as Oslo becomes more multicultural- from the famous Maaemo to street food in Mathallen; well-toned for Norwegian palates yet adventurous to explore.
Its Oslo’s ground-breaking three-starred restaurants, serving you innovative fresh food of atleast 21 courses of seasonal menu with wine and juice pairings. Dig into a chanterelle biscuit, pickled with mushroom. Combined with a puree of chanterelles and a dehydrated chicken stock with a nutty flavour and aroma of apricots or peaches. Going for more adventurous cuisine, bite into a freshwater whitefish roe along with yeast of sorbet and the sesame- flavoured yeast. Or explore more of its innovative and fresh dishes that would play with your taste-buds.
This is a place where you can delve into scrumptious street-food. Mathalen food hall is famous among the locals for good food on budget. Explore innovative cocktails and appetizers, different and special flavoured cheese, creamy cakes, bite into roasted meat. A pair of steamed buns with sweet potatoes fries and cheese cream. Take away cucakes, donuts with egg and beacon, and pies.
Villa Paradiso, famous for the best pizza in town. Paired with wine or refreshing juices. Its’ green, healthy and juicy salad alongwith freshly baked bread is just the right to play with the taste-buds and very filling for the rest of the day. Enjoy the live music at the bar every Tuesdays around 19sh. The restaurant has got its outlets at Frogner, and another in Majorstuen.
Pronounced as ‘YARN-baan-torge’. The much happening place of Oslo. Explore restaurants, caffeteria and try out special flavoured ice-creams at massive Oslo City and Byporten shopping mall, just by the side. Østbanehallen, a modern food court and an oasis, is also nearby the Oslo City, just outside the t-bane. It’s a unique place with classy restaurants, serving you art cuisine. Most of them are on budget and you would find a lot of Italian, Thai or other restaurants serving food of various cultures. It is a huge hall, with very high ceiling, airy and spacious inside. You would love it being there. Small shops around, a hotel, and Oslo Visitor Center. Just a place to be to find good food and marvellous architecture. It’s close by Opera House and Karl Johans gate.