From medieval architecture to modern day amusements, Oslo offers countless tourist attractions. Here are some of the most exciting places of interest that add to the allure of Oslo.
Akershus Fortress ( Wikipedia )
Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle that was built by King Håkon V to protect Oslo. Its construction work began in 1929 as a replacement to Tønsberg, one of the greatest medieval castles of those times. This fortress, which was completed in the 1300's, held a lot of importance due to its strategic location. It protected Oslo as well as Norway from a number of attacks through the ages. It was renovated by King Christian IV in the Renaissance era and has since become the residence for the Royal family. The castle itself was in a bad shape during the 17th and 18th century till refurbishment work started in 1899.
Address: Akershus festning Akershus Castle 0150 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 093553
Oslo City Hall ( Visit Site )
The Oslo City Hall is where the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held. It is also the common address for the City Council and various art studios and galleries. Construction work of the structure commenced in 1931 and was inaugurated in 1950. The work of the hall was temporarily halted for sometime during World War II. The architectural design is by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. Since the City Hall is responsible for hosting the ceremony of the Nobel Peace prize, it is therefore one of the most visited attractions in Oslo.
Address: 0037 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tel.: +47 02 180
The Nobel Peace Centre ( Visit Site )
The Nobel Peace Centre is the place where you can learn about the various activities carried out by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates that made them worthy of the prize. One can also view Alfred Nobel's works, after whom the prize is named. The centre uses state of the art technology to illustrate the works of laureates through films and recordings of Peace Prize ceremonies.
Address: Rådhusplassen, Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tel.: + 47 48 301000
Oslo Opera House ( Wikipedia )
The Oslo Opera House came into existence on April 12, 2008 when King Harald V of Norway along with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and other dignitaries attended the gala opening. Today, it is home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the National Opera Theatre, whose musical dramas, ballets and operas continue to be played regularly at the opera house. The design of the building has won many awards including a culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona and the Mies van der Rohe award for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 0106, Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or until the start of the performance
Saturdays: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or until the start of the performance
Tel.: +47 21 422121, +47 81 544488
TusenFryd Amusement Park
( Wikipedia )
The TusenFryd Amusement Park is an attraction where the whole family can get together and have one of the best times of their lives. Along with spectacular roller coaster rides, there are various other games, shops and restaurants for people of all ages. Whilst the older, adventurous ones can enjoy rides like 'Speed Monster', 'Super Splash' and 'Thunder Coaster', there is a specially designed Barna Fryd water park geared toward little kids.
Address: TusenFryd ASA, 1407 Vinterbro, Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: vary according to season
Tel.: +47 64 976497, +47 64 976400
Vigeland Sculpture Park
(Vigelandsparken) ( Wikipedia )
Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of Oslo's most visited attractions with over a million tourists visiting it every year. This innovative park was designed and built by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) and exhibits nearly 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. Also on display are various drawing sketches, woodcuts and other items relating to the 'Human Condition' theme.
Address: Nobels gate 32 0268 Oslo Norway
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Closed on Monday
Tel.: +47 23 493700
Oslo Cathedral ( Wikipedia )
The Oslo Cathedral (formerly Our Saviour's Church), which is situated at Stortorvet Square in Oslo, is the main church for Oslo bishopric as well the parish church for downtown Oslo. Dating from 1694-1697, the main church, the bazar, and the Fire Watch are all built of red brick. The church hosts weddings and public events of the Royal family and the Norwegian government.
Address: Karl Johans gate 11 0154 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 629010
The Islands of the Oslo Fjord ( Wikipedia )
The islands of Oslo fjord are a popular tourist spot in Norway. The fjord is a long stretch of water containing a number of islands, about 100 kms between Færder lighthouse and Oslo. This is one of the most densely populated areas of Norway. The islands are worth a visit during summertime and are easily reachable by ferry. Sunbathe on the beaches or play a beach volleyball with your friends. The various islands, each of them with their own interesting history, are famous for various attractions including monastery ruins, beaches, rabbits and recreational facilities. Among them are Nakholmen, Langøyene,Gressholmen, Hovedøya, Lindøya, and Bleikøya. At the fjord, tourists can hire all kinds of boats to indulge in numerous activities like kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and sailing.
Holmenkollen ski jump ( Visit Site )
Built in 1892, the Holmenkollen ski jump is one of the world's oldest ski jumps. Over the years, many people have enjoyed the thrilling ride of the jump and tough competitions have been held at the arena. The attraction was last renovated in 1982 and today the ski tower is 60 metres above ground and 417 metres above sea-level. The ski jump arena also played host to the 1952 Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. In 1923, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum was built at the base of the ski tower to present the history of skiing.
Address: Kongeveien 5 0787 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 923200