According to Abbreviation Finder, as the capital of Norway, one would think that Oslo was a large tourist city, but this is unfortunately not the case. If you compare with other, European capitals, Oslo is actually one of the least visited. Many will also think that there are other cities in Norway that are far more beautiful and more tourist-friendly. The fact is that Oslo is a very interesting city, which can offer everything from varied restaurants and nightclubs to exciting museums and sights.
With almost 650,000 inhabitants, Oslo is by far the country’s largest city. It is first and foremost in summer that tourists come, and that is when the city shows itself from its best side with all its green areas and peaceful parks. Frognerparken is also considered the most visited tourist attraction in the whole country, with over a million visitors a year.
Recommended hotels in Oslo
- Grand Hotel-Venerable Grand Hotel in Oslo is another well-known name for most Norwegians. This five-star hotel with a central location along Karl Johansgate is probably one of the most famous hotels in Norway. The rooms are of a high standard and the hotel has a consistently wonderful atmosphere. In addition to two restaurants with very good food, the hotel also has its own full-service spa, gym and rooftop terrace. If you want to stay stately when you are in Oslo, you should definitely consider booking a room at the Grand Hotel.
- Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz- This hotel enjoys a central location with a short distance to most things. Known for wonderfully good breakfast and consistently very good service. Nice rooms and high standard. One of the hotels with the best feedback from guests in Oslo.
- Thon Hotel Terminus– Are you going to a concert in Oslo Spektrum? Then this hotel is for you, located just 200 meters from the concert arena. Good standard and generally good feedback make Thon Hotel Termnius a good hotel choice for everyone who visits Oslo.
Travel to Oslo
Traveling to Oslo is rarely a problem no matter where in the country you are. The country’s main airport Gardermoen is a half-hour train ride from the city center, and there are daily flights from most major cities (and smaller cities) in Norway. One of the reasons why Oslo is one of the least visited capitals in Europe is the price level. Many foreigners will find the city very expensive, especially when it comes to dining and drinking.
The fact is, however, that Oslo is not particularly much more expensive to travel in, as long as you know where you are going. This also applies to Norwegians, who are used to a high price level. Parking, apartments and beer at Aker Brygge are expensive in Oslo anyway, but then you get back what you pay for – the central location. In recent years, Oslo has seen an increase in violent crime, and robberies are constantly seen on the open streets. For tourists, it is nevertheless considered safe to travel in the capital as long as you take precautions in the evening.
Hotels and restaurants in Oslo
Accommodation in Oslo will be perceived as somewhat more expensive than in other Norwegian cities, but the difference is not necessarily significant. There are very many hotels in the downtown area, and the standard is generally good. Good location also costs in Oslo more than the more central hotels, but it is rarely a problem to find available rooms at an affordable price.
Oslo is the country’s largest immigrant city, which has led to the influx of very many international restaurants. Here you will find everything from luxury restaurants with exclusive menus, to the simplest sushi restaurants or Turkish kebab shops. In short, Oslo has the most food imaginable, and not least dozens of fast food chains.
Attractions in Oslo
Oslo is an exciting city for those who like culture and history. The city has many interesting museums, and modern works of art that attract many tourists every single year.
With its many statues and monuments, Vigelandsparken attracts over one million tourists every single year. In the park, almost 200 sculptures by the famous artist Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) are on display. It is adjacent to the public park Frognerparken, and in summer you will see both locals and tourists enjoying themselves in what is the city’s first protected green area.
The fortress in the center of Oslo is the city’s most historic sight, and was completed in the early 14th century. It has been an important fortress for the country’s capital, and has played a role through several wars and sieges. Today you can join guided tours of the castle complex where you can learn a lot about the fortress’ important role over the years.
Daisies are the whole of Norway’s amusement park! It is located a short drive south of Oslo, and offers everything from extensive roller coasters to the most popular children’s attractions. The park is popular with families, but also for adults who love to challenge the G-forces. The park is open from spring to autumn.
Museums in Oslo
Oslo is a full-fledged city for museum-goers, with museums in all genres. Begin your visit with a trip to the Viking Ship House, where you will find the world’s best-preserved Viking ships on display. Take the trip on to the Norwegian Folk Museum on Bygdøy, which is a large open-air museum with many historical buildings. At the Natural History Museum you can see fossils and archeological finds, while the Framuseet houses the world’s strongest and most famous wooden ships.
The National Gallery
Art lovers are advised to visit the country’s national gallery collection. Here you will find both paintings and sculptures by famous artists, and the museum is home to many of Edvard Munch’s greatest masterpieces.
The Opera House
The giant (and pig-expensive) Opera facility in Bjørvika near the central train station in Oslo has become a sight for both Norwegians and foreign tourists. It is a unique building that can be enjoyed in many ways from the outside, but for the complete experience we also recommend a visit to one of the performances in the Opera House.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace in Oslo is home to the King and Queen and is used for a number of solemn events. Construction of the castle began in 1824 and the castle was completed in 1849. It was intended for Charles III Johan, but was not completed until Oscar 1 came to power. The castle is beautifully situated at the end of Karl Johan on Bellevuehøyden. The castle is guarded by His Majesty the King’s Guard and it is well worth seeing the change of guard that takes place every day at 13.30.