Visiting big and popular cities like the capital of Norway it’s best to find out what the top attractions are. You can imagine that there is an awful lot to do and see in Oslo.
One of the must see sights is located in western Oslo. It is the 80 acre Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park which is also called Frognerparken. This is a popular place for residents of Oslo to enjoy in the summertime. Here visitors will find many Norwegians enjoying a picnic or B-B-Q. In the winter time people come for slow strolls. The park features 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. One of the most famous sculptures is the Monolith. This is a column that is more than 14 meters tall and was carved from one stone. It includes 121 human figures. Visitors also delight in the design of the park as it has far stretching lawns and long straight avenues that are bordered by maple trees. You can also visit the Vigeland Museum found south of the park. To just sit and relax there is the Café Vigeland.
In the city center of Oslo you’ll discover the grand buildings and museums of Akershus Fortress. This is a 13th century fortress that is a popular recreational area offering wonderful harbor views. This fortress is ranked as a national symbol because it was once a seat for kings and the center of government. Over the centuries lots of important and dramatic events have taken place here. Even today it’s the main location for the Norwegian government for official functions and state occasions. This is also the location of the Royal Mausoleum.
Old and young alike will enjoy a visit to the Viking Ship Museum which features great Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune as well as other discoveries from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. This museum displays the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking ships that were built in the 19th century. You’ll also get to see small boats, sledges, a cart with amazing ornamentation, tools, implements, harness, textiles and household utensils.
At the National Gallery that was established in 1837 visitors will find Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The main exhibitions include The Scream and Madonna by Edvard Munch and paintings by Cezanne and Monet. Among other exhibitions in the museum are an emphasis on Norwegian art and art works from the Romantic period until the mid-1900s. There are also works on display by international artists and sculptors including French impressionists.
Especially for families traveling together a must is to see TusenFryd. This is Norway’s biggest amusement park located just 20 minutes south of Oslo. It’s open from April to October. The park features 30 attractions like the SpeedMonster – Scandinavia’s most spectacular roller coaster that give you a ride at a speed of 0 – 90 kilometers in 2 seconds. Next up voted the 5th best rollercoaster in Europe it’s the Thunder Coaster with a max speed of around 100 km/hour and you become weightless 12 times during the ride. Cool your family off in the summertime and take them on the SuperSplash sending you down a great fall and try out the TusenFyrd Waterpark. Kids simply love the Children’s Area that features the Frog Jump and other attraction especially for toddlers.
These are just some of the highlights and of course there is so much more to Oslo. Take some time to do some shopping in the city center around Karl Johans Gate, This is a pedestrian precinct that offers various large shopping centers and department stores. The street crossing Karl Johans Gate called Akersgata is home to design retailers. You’ll find a good selection of shoes in the Grensen area. Looking for souvenirs try the area around City Hall. In Vika west of the city center you’ll find the House of Oslo a large department store that specializes in lifestyle and interior design.
There are also plenty of enjoyable free things you can do in Oslo like taking a walk and exploring the local neighborhoods. One of the most scenic routes include Ekeberg following the tram tracks from Gamlebyen up the hill. At Frognerseteren you’ll find the Oslomarka Forest which offers lots of hiking paths and if you prefer an urban environment head to the top of the Radisson Plaza near the Oslo central station.
Go walking along the Akerselva River where there are lots of waterfalls, iron bridges, little parks and old mills. Go up Telthusbakken Hill and stop by the Old Aker Church. This is a picturesque church that has inspired lots of artists including Edvard Munch. Head back to the center along Grunerlokka or make your way through the greenery of Our Saviour’s Cemetery where you can see the tombs of such well-known Norwegians as Munch, Ibsen and Bjornson.
A popular park is the Palace Park where you can see the changing of the guard every day in the afternoon. There is the lovely Botanical Garden in Toyen founded in 1814 that is home to around 7,000 species of plants. This park is lovely in the spring when everything is in full bloom and in the autumn for the colorful foliage.