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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.

  • Royal Palace Oslo

    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.

  • Oslofjord

    3. Oslofjord

    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.

  • Oslo Opera House

    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.

  • Akershus Fortress

    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.

  • Munch Museum

    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.

  • Frogner Park

    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.

  • Oslo Spektrum

    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.

  • The Fram Museum

    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!

Frequently asked questions about Oslo

What top attractions are a must-see in Oslo?

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

  • Language
  • Currency
    Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+1:00)
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  • 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,253 reviews

Had a lovely time on the Oslo Fjord cruise. The ship was full, but didn’t fell too crowded. The views were really nice. The explanations were helpful and it was nice that they stop before the end, so we could go explore the museum. Would definitely recommend.

The tour departed on time as scheduled and took in some great sights. The crew were friendly and hospitable and mixed well with the guests

I recommend. Nice views of the surrounding islands and interesting information provided with, for example, draft beer and tasty shrimps.

Incredible views but we could not hear the guide because there were two men who did not shut up xD

Definitelly nice two hours. Just change the music on board please. The one was on was depressing