The most important attractions in Oslo
Disover the most beautiful sights nad attractions of the Norwegian capital!
publication date: July 19, 2023
Oslo's attractions, although the city has a very long history, are relatively young. However, they are all very interesting, which, together with the Norwegian capital's beautiful location and peaceful atmosphere, makes it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Check out what attractions in Oslo are worth visiting!
Legends speak of a history going back as far as the 9th century, but the version closer to the truth seems to be that the city was founded in the mid-11th century by King Harald III the Severe. It had to wait another century and a half to be raised to the rank of capital, but after another dozen or so decades, it was almost killed off by a plague epidemic and a great fire. Its fate was not improved by the subsequent wars, nor by its dependence on Denmark. It wasn't until the 19th century and gradual development that changes were brought about, so that today you can enjoy a wonderful and eventful citybreak in Oslo. The development was carried out in the Scandinavian way, which means in a sensible and balanced way, which is why - although the city serves as the capital and the main economic, scientific and cultural centre - it is peaceful, harmonious and very green.
The heart of the city beats on Karl Johans Gate, a bustling metropolitan street where you'll find many of Oslo's attractions. At one end of it stands the classicist Royal Palace, built between 1825 and 1849. It is the official residence of the Norwegian monarch and his family, but is partly open to the public. The residence is surrounded by a pleasant public park, and a big and much-loved attraction is the changing of the guard of honour, which takes place every day at 1.30 p.m. Another attraction is waiting for you at the very beginning of the street - there you will see the nice and elegant buildings of the theatre and the university, behind which stands the building housing the Kulturhistorisk Museum. It is a very interestingly arranged institution presenting mainly ancient art. Anyway - museums are one of the city's greatest assets. After a while, you can turn into Roald Amundsens Gate and walk up to the majestic and very characteristic building of the town hall. The mighty modern building was built in 1950 and, in addition to office space, also houses an art gallery. In addition, it is here that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year. Walking further, you will come across the magnificent building of the unicameral Norwegian Parliament from 1866, and further down the street you will come to the Protestant Cathedral. This is an age-old building, as it dates back to the 17th century, but was regothicised in the 19th century.
During a city break in Oslo, you must find the time and energy to visit museums. Don't worry - they won't be dull establishments with dusty exhibits, but fascinating places that tell the story of fascinating people and events. You will be particularly impressed by those connected with geographical discoveries. An absolute "must see" is Frammuseet, which - true to its name - displays the Framm ship with its full equipment from the turn of the 20th century, which was famous for its expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. You also can't miss the Kon-Tiki Museum, where you will see, among other things, Thor Heyerdahl's famous raft and learn how he sailed to Polynesia. Also waiting for you in Oslo is the Munch Gallery, with its massive collection of the artist's works, and the Ibsen Museum, set up in the former flat of this prominent writer. And since you're in Scandinavia, last but not least, take a look at the Viking Boat Museum. You're sure to enjoy it!
During a intensive sightseeing Olso sights, take a moment in Frogner Park, which is becoming one of Oslo's most popular attractions year after year. It is especially famous for its 200 sculptures by the famous artist Gustav Vigeland, a pupil of Rodin himself. Explore the city end at its oldest building, the Akershus Fortress. It was first mentioned as early as 1300 and later became the scene of many events and underwent numerous reconstructions. Today, you will find the mausoleum of the royal family and several museums dedicated to military matters.
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