The country’s largest city is a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class architecture, museums, restaurants and shopping.
As one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and Barcode are changing the face of the city, and Oslo maintains its refreshing closeness to nature that few other capitals can match.
Nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo was named European Green Capital 2019 for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. The compact city centre is easy and safe to explore on foot or by bike, and the efficient public transport system makes the entire city accessible without a car.
Oslo’s restaurant scene is diverse and constantly evolving with new, innovative kitchens – many of them with a fresh approach to Norwegian ingredients and food traditions. This attitude has led to international praise and is also central to the city’s celebrated cocktail and coffee cultures.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to many of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions. First-rate opera, ballet and theatre performances are presented throughout the year, and art lovers can see famous works at the National Museum and the Munch Museum (both closed until 2021) and browse through the city’s numerous galleries.
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. Big outdoor festivals bring in the crowds in summer, and there are annual festivals for genres ranging from chamber music to heavy metal.
Find more inspiration on Oslo’s official website.
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 is the main nexus in Norway for both domestic and international travel and has connections to most other Norwegian towns and cities. Get in-depth travel information at Oslo’s official website.