Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Oslo, Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature experiences and city life.
Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, with a population approaching 700,000 and new neighbourhoods with eye-catching architecture popping up almost by the minute. The largest city in Norway is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants, and art, while still maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller town.
The city is nestled between the Oslofjord and hundreds of square kilometres of forested hills, and is green in more ways than one. The compact city centre is easy to explore on foot or by bike, and an efficient public transport system makes the whole of the city accessible without a car.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family. The country’s largest cultural institutions, which include the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, the National Theatre and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, present first-rate art exhibitions and opera, ballet and theatre performances.
Live music is a big part of the city’s identity, and every year Oslo’s clubs and arenas host thousands of concerts that showcase the talents of everyone from local bands to international superstars. Several large pop and rock festivals are held every summer, and there are annual festivals for genres ranging from chamber music to heavy metal.
In short, Oslo is an easy-going city with a family and children friendly atmosphere in combination with a diverse nightlife, including a prospering gay scene. All this is flanked by a full range of other venues that are there to match your personal tastes and interests.
Find more inspiration on Oslo’s official website.
Oslo is home to more than 50 museums, and top attractions include the Opera House, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum.
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Oslo is a modern and diverse city with an abundance of museums and cultural highlights. According to VisitOSLO these are the main attractions.
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Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from…More
Vigelandsparken is one of Norway's most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year.…More
A historic landmark in the Norwegian consciousness, Holmenkollen embodies more than a century of skiing…More
One of the world's oldest and largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway…More
Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The…More
Nobel Peace Prize museum with an exciting combination of changing and permanent exhibitions that promote…More
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most…More
Through the centre of Oslo, from Maridalsvannet to the Oslo Fjord, runs the Akerselva river – a popular…More
Engebret Café - an institution in Oslo where Ibsen, Bjørnson, Grieg and Munch all had regular tables. History…More
Restaurant named after the paleolithic diet, or stone-age diet. Open from early morning until late at night,…More
Oslo's original city hall from 1641 is the home of Gamle Raadhus Restaurant. Food has been served here since…More
Restaurant and banquet facilities in a historic functionalist-style building with stunning views of the city…More
A piece of Norwegian cultural history, located in the elegant Hotel Continental across from the National…More
The chefs at Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin agree that the simplest ingredient is often the best starting point for a…More
Statholdergaarden is Bernt Stiansen's gourmet restaurant. In 1993 Stiansen became Norway's first culinary arts…More
Restaurant at the Voksenåsen Hotel with great views of Oslo and a kitchen that prepares the best seasonal…More
Restaurant with gourmet food at prices that will suit budget-conscious foodies. The chefs are constantly…More
French-style brasserie that offers a classic à la carte menu and is decorated with Norway's largest collection…More
Lysebu Hotel was built in 1918 in the traditional Norwegian style, and the place has kept its historic charm.…More
Restaurant, a café and private dining facilities at the top of Holmenkollen, with panoramic views of Oslo and…More
Elegant seafood restaurant on the edge of Aker Brygge. Fresh ingredients are presented in a maritime menu of…More
Informal gourmet restaurant located just around the corner from Rockefeller Music Hall. The kitchen is…More
Lively restaurant with an authentic Parisian brasserie atmosphere. The menu features onion soup, tartar,…More
Maritime restaurant decorated with more than 1,000 objects from harbours, shipyards and the sea, located in…More
Indoor food market with more than 30 specialty shops, cafés and eateries that offer high-quality food products…More
Charming restaurant with brick arches, wrought iron and hundreds of candles that it a special and romantic…More