Oslo Sights

Karl Johans Gate, starting at Oslo Sentralstasjon (Oslo Central Station, also called Oslo S or simply Jernbanetorget ("railway square" in Norwegian), 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, residential areas with 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 three historic restaurants. On the more multicultural east side, where a diverse immigrant population lives alongside native Norwegians, are the Munch Museum and the Botanisk Hage og Naturhistorisk Museum (Botanical Gardens and Museum of Natural History), where you can see Ida, the oldest primate fossil ever found, our 47-million-year old ancestor. The trendy neighborhood of Grünerløkka, with lots of cafés and shops, is northeast of the center.

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Akershus Festning

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Dating to 1299, this stone medieval castle and royal residence was developed into a fortress armed with cannons by 1592. After that time,...


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This was the ship used by the legendary Polar explorer Roald Amundsen when he became the first man to reach the South Pole, in December...


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Famed Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, known for A Doll's House, Ghosts, and Peer Gynt, among other classic plays, spent his final...

Kon-Tiki Museum

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The museum celebrates Norway's most famous 20th-century explorer. Thor Heyerdahl made a voyage in 1947 from Peru to Polynesia on the...


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The gallery, part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, houses Norway's largest collection of art created before 1945.


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In front of this neoclassical theater, built in 1899, are statues of Norway's great playwrights, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who also composed...

Norsk Folkemuseum

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One of the largest open-air museums in Europe offers the perfect way to see Norway in a day. From the stoic stave church (built in AD...

Oslo domkirke

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Consecrated in 1697 as Oslo's third cathedral, this dark-brown brick structure has been Oslo's main church ever since. The original pulpit,...


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This atmospheric art deco–style movie house (built in 1907) has been converted into a funky bar, café, and restaurant. Live music...


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The French coffee, homemade pastries, and ice cream are the big draws at Pascal, a trendy, Parisian-style patisserie inside an old-fashioned...


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