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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  • 1. Frammuseet

    Bygdøy | Museum/Gallery

    The Fram was used by the legendary Polar explorer Roald Amundsen when he became the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. Once...Read More

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  • 2. Frognerseteren

    Holmenkollen | Scenic Drive/Tour

    This lookout is the most common place to begin or end a cross-country ski outing or the traditional Sunday hike. It's also the spot where every...Read More

  • 3. Norsk Folkemuseum

    Bygdøy | Museum/Gallery

    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 1200) to...Read More

  • 4. Skimuseet i Holmenkollen

    Holmenkollen | Museum/Gallery

    A feat of world-class engineering, this beloved ski jump was first constructed in 1892 and has been rebuilt numerous times, remaining a distinctive...Read More

  • 5. Vigelandsparken

    Frogner | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A favorite hangout for locals, Vigeland Sculpture Park has 212 bronze, granite, and wrought-iron sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943)....Read More

  • 6. Vikingskipshuset

    Bygdøy | Museum/Gallery

    The Viking legacy in all its glory lives on at this classic Oslo museum. Chances are you'll come away fascinated by the Gokstad, Oseberg, ...Read More

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  • 7. Kon-Tiki Museet

    Bygdøy | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 8. Nobels Fredssenter

    Sentrum | Museum/Gallery

    Every year the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo. At this high-tech attraction by the harbor, you can learn about past and present laureates...Read More

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