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.
Booming Oslo is boosting a variety of accommodations, from cheap and cheerful places to sassy suites and designer hotels.
Oslo is a modern and diverse city with an abundance of museums and cultural highlights. According to VisitOSLO these are the main attractions.
Explore other things to do in Oslo.
Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from…More
Sculpture park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in…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
Mathallen Oslo is a foodie's paradise: an indoor food market with more than 30 specialty shops, cafés and…More
Charming restaurant with brick arches, wrought iron and hundreds of candles that it a special and romantic…More
Private dining facilities in a lighthouse right outside the Bygdøy peninsula, where it has welcomed guests to…More
It's all about the beer at Amundsen Brewery and Eatery, where you can enjoy beer from Norway and abroad, beer…More
Charming Italian restaurant in the courtyard behind Oslo Cathedral. The à la carte menu is classic Italian,…More
Elegant brasserie at Akershus Fortress with views of City Hall Square and Aker Brygge. Festningen Restaurant…More
Italian restaurant on the waterfront at Sørenga with an informal atmosphere. Cargo serves a good selection of…More
Gourmet restaurant at Frogner where you can enjoy first-class cuisine and wine from one of the best cellars in…More
One of the best Chinese restaurants in Oslo, with two forks in the Michelin guide. Dinner has been serving…More
Restaurant truly dedicated to grilling. Most of the food is cooked on a charcoal grill in the heart of the…More
Gourmet restaurant that serves an affordable weekly three-/four-/five-course menu – always made from the…More
The main restaurant at Hotel Bristol has an English touch - both in style and tradition. The kitchen offers…More
High-quality burgers served in diner-inspired restaurant at Vulkan with a relaxed atmosphere. The burgers at…More
Italian restaurant with high ceilings, brick walls, fireplaces and candlelight that give it a homely South…More
The largest dinner show restaurant in Norway, with room for up to 550 seated guests. An evening at Wallmans…More
Restaurant inspired by Southeast Asian street food, where fresh ingredients become tasty dishes that are…More
Neighbourhood restaurant at St. Hanshaugen with healthy, home-made food at the right price. The meals served…More
Elegant restaurant that offers exciting varieties of fish in all forms. Fjord changes its menu every month so…More
Restaurant in Barcode with a Norwegian kitchen that mirrors the seasons and Norwegian food traditions with…More
Neighbourhood café in Oslo's oldest wooden house, with history back to 1730. Asylet serves open-faced…More
One of Oslo's very best sushi restaurants. Alex Sushi operates on the border between tradition and progress,…More
Brasserie in the Opera House with tables inside the beautiful foyer and outside along the waterfront. From…More
Italien eatery at Scandic Vulkan twith an open kitchen and large windows overlooking the Vulkan area. The…More
Gourmet restaurant in a historic building from 1926 with fantastic views of Oslo. In the evening Grefsenkollen…More
Cultural meeting spot open from early until late, with a café, a bar and a variety of cultural activities. In…More
Restaurant and bar where you can experience real North Norwegian food culture in a pleasant and informal…More
Micro roastery, coffee training centre and espresso bar with a goal of being among the best in the world. The…More
Small gourmet restaurant with a large personality and a special atmosphere. The only thing on the menu is the…More
À la carte restaurant inside the Opera House with a fresh, seasonal menu, composed with both tradition and…More
French café and restaurant famous for its delicious pastries and cakes. Pascal Henrik Ibsens gate also serves…More
Bar and restaurant with a great selection of sparkling wines, good tapas and views of the shopping in…More
Unique place at Vulkan with good coffee, microbrews and vinyl in perfect harmony. At Hendrix Ibsen you can…More
Classic Italian-style wine bar and coffee shop in the historic premises of the old Svaneapotheket pharmacy on…More
All-jazz specialty record store and café in a delightful little back yard in the centre of Oslo. Bare Jazz…More
Café and cocktail bar in Torggata, open from early until late. In the daytime Cafe Sør is a breakfast and…More
Eatery in the Kampen neighbourhood that serves high-quality, hearty food. The chefs compose a completely new…More
Music pub with concerts every night and professional bartenders. Herr Nilsen offers a varied concert…More
Coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night and vintage design shop all the time. Fuglen ("The Bird") opened as…More
Restaurant known for authentic Italian pizza, made with imported Italian ingredients in the same manner as in…More
Neighbourhood restaurant with an innovative Nordic meny at night, coffee house and lunch place in the daytime.…More
Gastropub with 20 large windows facing the Akerselva river. Smelteverket's soulful fusion-sharing menu offers…More
Coffee shop in the Briskeby neighbourhood that offers premium coffee drinks in relaxed surroundings. Mocca…More
Café and bar in the old industrial area at the top of Grünerløkka. Liebling serves great coffee and food, and…More
Bar and concert stage with a relaxed atmosphere and many regulars. Mono presents concerts with new bands from…More
Classic pub and restaurant at St. Hanshaugen with traditional Norwegian food on the menu and a relaxed…More
Small and very popular coffee shop next to St. Hanshaugen Park. Java is known for its delicious espresso…More
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.
The airport express train “Flytoget” takes around 20 minutes to Oslo city centre. The local train takes a few minutes longer, but is the cheaper option.
From Oslo you can travel to several destinations in Norway and Sweden.
Express shuttle services to Oslo Airport are available from 120 locations in the Oslo area. Express bus services are also available to Torp Sandefjord Airport.
Oslo Bussterminal is the main terminal for long-distance and regional bus routes, located in the city centre near the central train station.
Ferries arrive daily in Oslo from Kiel in Germany and from Copenhagen and Frederikshavn in Denmark. Oslo can be reached by ferry all year.
There are also several options for travelling by local ferries to the islands in and around Oslo. Check out ferry companies in the Oslo area.
Oslo is the national hub for the road network, which makes it easy to reach by road from all corners of Norway.
When driving into Oslo you will pass a toll plaza. Visit the AutoPASS webpage for prices and payment options. Remember to pay close attention to parking restrictions and regulations.
Use the same tickets on all public transport in Oslo: bus, tram, metro, train and ferry (not the Bygdøy ferry). Plan your trip and check prices on Ruter’s webpage. You can also buy the Oslo Pass, which gives you free public transportation, entry to several museums, municipal parking, and more.
Bicycling or walking is often the easiest way to get around the city centre. Oslo is equipped with city bikes conveniently located around the city.
Oslo Airport is Norway's main airport and serves over 100 domestic and international destinations.
From Oslo Airport you can reach Oslo's city centre by express train, express bus, local train, hire car or taxi.
Many European cities have direct connections to Torp Sandefjord Airport, which can be reached from Oslo by express bus or train. The trip to Oslo from the airport takes around 2 hours.