Sights & Attractions in Oslo

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Oslo Sights

Karl Johans gate, starting at Oslo S (Oslo Central Station) and ending at the Royal Palace, forms the backbone of downtown Oslo. Many major museums and historic buildings lie between the parallel streets of Grensen and Rådhusgata.

West of downtown are Frogner and Majorstuen, high-end residential areas known for fine restaurants, shopping, cafés, galleries, and the Vigeland sculpture park. Southwest is the Bygdøy Peninsula, with a castle and five interesting museums that honor aspects of Norway's taste for maritime exploration.

Northwest of town is Holmenkollen, with its stunning bird's-eye view of the city and the surrounding fjords, a world-famous ski jump and museum, and several historic restaurants. On the more multicultural east side, where a diverse immigrant population lives alongside native Norwegians, are the Munch Museum, Botanisk hage (Botanical Gardens) and Naturhistorisk museum (Museum of Natural History). The trendy neighborhood of Grünerløkka, with lots of cafés and shops, is northeast of the center.

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