Here are some of the main attractions you can enjoy during sightseeing Oslo
Oslo is Norway’s capital city and also its main economic, cultural banking and administration center. The city is also Europe’s main maritime trade and industries center and home to about 1980 companies in the maritime sector. Moreover, Oslo is located between the forested hills and beautiful fjord. This growing metropolis has modern avenues, shopping malls and skyline and is simultaneously a nature lover’s city with numerous gardens, forests, parks and pathways. Therefore, Oslo is an ideal vacation destination because it offers just the right mix of modern facilities and ancient history. Here are some of the main attractions you can enjoy during sightseeing Oslo:
- City hall
This is undoubtedly one of Oslo’s great landmarks. The city hall was designed by Magnus Poulson and Arnstein Arneberg and it has two towers. One tower has a huge clock face and the other tower houses 38 bells. The interior of the city hall is also visiting primarily due to its fascinating fresco that was created by Per Krohg Edvard Munch, Henrik Sorensen and other renowned Norwegian Artists.
- Akershus Fortress
The magnificent Akershus Fortress rises above the Oslofjord on the headland of Akersnes. This majestic fortress was built towards the end of the 13th century by Hakon V. You can wonder the ramparts and grounds with the breathtaking harbor views. You can also explore the remains of the medieval castle and the quaint chapel with the tomb of Hakon VII (1872 to 1957). Moreover, the Museum of the Norwegian Resistance is located in the grounds. Visitors can also learn about the German Occupation (1940-1945). The Norwegian Armed forces Museum offers great displays of exhibits and weapons that illustrate the history of Norwegian forces and defense.
- Oslo cathedral
Although Oslo’s Cathedral was consecrated in 1697, it has been rebuilt and renovated several times. The interior was renovated after the end of World War II. Some of the notable features of this cathedral include its main doorway which has decorated bronze doors, the ceiling paintings, the baroque alter and pulpit (1699) and the stained glass. Afterwards, you can visit the Oslo Bazaar which dates back to 1841. Nowadays, these intriguing walls are occupied by antique dealers, cafes, and galleries.
- Aker Brygge
The Aker Brygge area was built around a shipyard and it is the heart of the city. Aker Brygge is not only famous for its stunning architecture but also because it is vibrant and bustling day and night. On the other hand, the magnificent blend of old and new that is on display everywhere perfectly complements the stunning natural beauty of Norway. Aker Brygge gets approximately 12 million visitors annually and they are usually drawn by its fine shopping, great restaurants, sea-front boardwalk and cozy patio bars with their fireplaces and snug rugs.
- Royal Palace
Built in 1825, the Norwegian Royal Palace dominates the cityscape and it is located high up on Karl Johan’s Gate. Although this 173-room palace is not open to the general public, visitors can wonder the gardens and watch the regular change of guard.
- National Museum of Art
Oslo’s National Museum of art architecture and Design incorporates various exhibition venues that are spread across the city. These venues include; the Museum of Contemporary Art (this includes modern local and international artists), The National Gallery (artists from the 19th century including Edvard Munch and JC Dahl), the national Museum of architecture (Contemporary architecture and historical themes) and the Museum of Decorative Art (crafts and design through the ages.
- Vigeland Sculpture Park
This iconic park is the largest of its kind in the world and also one of Norway’s main tourist attractions. This unique sculpture park is open all year round and it is largely the lifework of Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland Sculpture Park contains 650 dynamic sculptures in granite, bronze and wrought iron. Gustav Vigeland was in charge of the layout and design of the park which was completed in 1949. The Fountain group is the oldest group if sculptures in the park and they the cycle of human life. You can also see the 55-foot high monolith which comprises of 121 intertwined sculptures of human bodies.
Since it is one of Europe’s most important historic cities, sightseeing Oslo is one of the best outdoor activities because this is the place where you can see and feel the Viking culture while experiencing the uniqueness of the Scandinavian architecture. The richness and historic importance of this city has made it a place of history and art in the past centuries.
Vigeland Sculpture Park