Oslo is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Europe. The capital of Norway is rich in history, so it is no wonder that there are many interesting sights and historical monuments to visit. Also because of the demography of Oslo, there are a number of beautiful parks on the outskirts of the city, and all of them are reachable by car or public transport. This is perfect for families with kids, who want to get away for the weekend and take a break from the working week routine. The overall impression of Oslo is that this is a lovely place to visit, so let’s try to talk a bit more about some of the must see places in the city.
1. Vigeland Park
The Vigeland Park is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Oslo. It contains more than 200 sculptures and was designed by Gustav Vigeland. It is also known as the Vigeland Installation, simply because the actual name of the park is Frogner Park, named after Hans Jacob Scheel who was the owner of the Frogner Manor estate back in the 18th century. The park is open throughout the year and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
2. Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera House was built in April 2008 and today it has become a real tourist and local attraction. Carved in Italian white marble, the Oslo Opera seems to rise out of the water. This is the only Opera in the world where you can literally walk on the roof. Besides the usual opera program, here you can listen to all kinds of concerts and visit different types of cultural events. The stats show that in 2012 there was more than 310 000 people that visited the Oslo opera house and the visitor numbers are constantly growing since then. There are even guided tours, where people can learn about the architecture and other interesting facts about this place. In the end if someone is hungry, there is even a restaurant where delicious local food is served.
3. Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress is located in the center of the city. It is a medieval castle that was built at the end of the 13th century, and the interesting thing is that it also used to be a prison. Now, it is one of the most beautiful places in the area, and it has organized public tours in summertime. Also, on these premises there are concerts and all kinds of ceremonies. Many tourists that visit Oslo in summer head out here and enjoy the city view from this astonishing fortress.
4. Viking Ship Museum
The Vikings were famous for their ship building skills, and this is why the Viking ship museum is probably one of the best places that can be visited in Oslo. There are 3 ships that can be seen at this museum, the Oseberg ship that is the most preserved ship from the ship burial, Gokstad ship that was discovered in 1880 and even had some human skeleton remains in it, and the Tune ship that was discovered on Haugen farm in 1867. Viking Ship Museum is open every day for visitors who are interested in getting some history lessons and stories about the Vikings.
The most famous Oslo district for alternative people, artists and designers, Grünerløkka is a place where you can escape from one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Back in the 19th century this was a working class area, and there were 2 famous factories that attracted a lot of workers to live here. It is located in the east end and today it attracts food lovers and young people who are searching for something different. Places like Bar Vulkan, Hereford Steakhause, Skaperverket and Bar Boka are famous for their uniqueness and are surely worth a visit.
Oslo is a wonderful city that has numerous tourist attractions and is fun to visit. The historical part of the city is simply amazing, but also the new architecture design is something that is worth the visitor’s attention. Although Oslo has a high living standard and may seem a bit too expensive, most of the people that come here for sightseeing are very satisfied with everything there is to see in this northern European town.