Top attractions in Oslo
10 must see places to visit in Olso
Trimmed by fjords and forests, Oslo is an excellent city break whether you like bustling nightlife or bunking outdoors. Sightseeing here means museums, galleries, and Scandinavian design. Whether you have a long trip or a short tour, check out our guide.
1. National Art Museum Oslo
Start your visit with one of the most famous artworks in the world: Munch's The Scream. The museum also has Norway's largest collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
2. Royal Palace Oslo
Guided tours of the Royal Palace Oslo are available in the summer and cost 85 to 95 Kroner. Tours last an hour and take in the state rooms, parlors and banqueting halls.
Hop around beautiful small islands, through shining blue water - this is the stuff Norway is famous for. 24-hour ferry tickets are a good option for a day of sightseeing.
4. Oslo Opera House
Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, you can tour this striking building in English throughout summer, or in Norwegian all year round. Offers lovely water views.
5. Akershus Fortress
This medieval castle, built around 1290 to protect Oslo and Norway, is beautiful inside and out. One of the best things to do in Oslo if you love history or historic buildings.
6. Munch Museum
Learn about the life of Edvard Munch - the most celebrated Norwegian artist. This is also the site of the famous theft of The Scream.
7. Frogner Park
Less tourism, more relaxation. View the Vigeland Installation, and many other sculptures, or simply spend a few hours in peace, surrounded by nature. Take the no. 11 tram.
8. Oslo Spektrum
This impressive stadium is the place to see big-name music acts in Oslo. You'll need to book in advance, so best to plan your trip around their schedule, not vice versa.
9. Margareta Kyrkan - The Church of Sweden
This quaint church was built at the start of the last century as tribute to the many Swedish settlers in Oslo. An example of neo-classical architecture, it's open each morning.
10. The Fram Museum
Dedicated to Polar explorations, this maritime museum is a favourite with kids, who love exploring the huge ship. In summer, catch a ferry from City Hall for a themed journey!
Planning Your Visit
How much cash do I need in Oslo?
Oslo is a famously pricey city, where a pint of beer can cost 50-60 NOK (8€). However, many of the public museums are free and the Oslo Pass will cover your transport, many attractions, swimming, walking tours and discounts. Take perhaps a third more currency than you would use throughout Central Europe.
When should I visit?
Spring and summer are the best times, weather-wise (try March to August). You will also get to experience the famed nighttime sun and super short nights in August. Try to avoid winter, when Oslo can be dark most of the morning and afternoon, making it difficult for tourists to decide what to do!
Good to know
- Norwegian Krone (kr)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+1:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- From March to August the temperatures are comfortable and mild, and the days are the longest they are all year. It's also a great chance to experience the midnight sun!
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What people are saying about Oslo
Great fun! Especially for those interested in architecture, new approaches to urbanism and community engagement. We learnt about the newest quarters of Oslo, waterfront regeneration and community projects as well as fast transforming trendy areas in the heart of the city. Definitely worth it, as many of the things we wouldn't have discovered just looking at the recommendations on the internet. The tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. After the tour, she sent us many links with further information on things we were interested in. Highly recommended at the beginning of your trip as you'll have more insight into the city with many more tips of places to visit!
This was the BEST DECISION ever!! The men crewing the boat were so kind. The entire ship was gorgeous, from the wood detailing to the picnic tables to the cushioned seats to the twinkling lights. It was freezing outside and raining and gusting wind but the boat was driven expertly and did not rock violently at all. Loved it so much and made my whole trip!
We are usually sceptical about tourist traps but this cruise has well exceeded our expectations. We were fortunate to have good weather, the cruise around the fjord waterways at sunset was amazing, and finally the shrimp buffet was so fresh and tasty. Excellent way to end our last day in Oslo.
Great tour, 2hrs was perfect - not too short and not too long. Sensible prices of drinks and plenty of blankets available (but I strongly recommend wearing suitable clothing anyway!).
In March it is very cold so wear warm footwear! The scenery of Oslo Fjord which you will see is nicely varied and the commentary is useful without being too long winded