The 30 best sights in Oslo – descriptions and photos

Oslo sights

Viking Ship Museum Oslo University Royal Palace Royal Palace Munch Museum Vigeland Sculpture Park Flom Railway

This site contains Oslo sights – photos, descriptions, and travel tips. The list is based on popular guidebooks and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you can find answers to questions: what to see in Oslo, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of Oslo.

Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum (photo)

Norway is a country with centuries of history, and those who visit it first and foremost seek to learn a little about the Vikings. A lot of information is stored in the Viking Ship Museum near Oslo.

The museum is built crosswise with white walls and a red tiled roof. The most famous Viking ships have been on display in the building since 1926. The museum exhibits three ships built in the ninth century: the Thun ship, the Gokstad ship and the Oseberg ship.

The Oseberg ship, measuring 22 meters long and 5 meters wide, was found near the town of Oseberg. It is considered the lightest. The Gokstad ship is 2 m longer and much stronger, which allowed the Vikings to cross the oceans. The Thun ship, unfortunately, is represented by only fragments.

Observing the many paintings and carvings on the boats, one can only speculate about the glorious history of their owners.

Coordinates: 59.90475600,10.68446100

National Theatre

The Norwegian National Theatre (Norwegian Nationaltheatret) is a dramatic theater opened in the Norwegian capital of Oslo in 1899.

Along with the Nationaltheatret is the largest theater center of the country.

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University of Oslo

Oslo University (photo)

The University of Oslo is the oldest and largest university in Norway. It was founded in 1811 and was originally called Frederick Royal University – in honor of King Frederick VI of Denmark and Norway. It got its present name in 1939. Currently the main faculties here are theology, law, humanities, dentistry and mathematics.

The University of Oslo is one of the leading universities not only in Scandinavia, but also in Europe. It took first place, according to the world ranking of universities in 2008. Currently there are 32,000 students studying here. Among the outstanding professors are Fridtjof Nansen, Ragnar Frisch and Odd Hassel.

The university building deserves special attention, built in classical style with some baroque elements. The main attraction of the building are the massive gray columns located at the main entrance. Its gray shade contrasts perfectly with the overall exterior of the building.

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Coordinates: 59.93992000,10.72153700

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Royal Palace

Royal Palace (photo)

The Royal Palace was built for the Norwegian and Swedish King Charles III. It took 24 years to build (from 1824 to 1848) and is one of the most important buildings in the country. The palace consists of 173 rooms.

Nowadays the Norwegian King holds in the palace official dinners and important meetings with statesmen of other countries.

Open to tourists in the summer time (tickets must be booked in advance). There is a park, it grows about 2 thousand trees and there are 5 statues. There are also small lakes. The park is one of the popular vacation spots.

Coordinates: 59.91706400,10.72758400

Royal Palace

Royal Palace (photo)

The royal palace was built in 1849 as a summer residence of King Carl Johan. But due to financial problems the construction was delayed for 24 years. The palace was completed in 1849, when King Carl Johan had already died. His son settled in the palace, Oskar I.

The building is made in beige and gold colors, and the entire area of the palace complex is 17,624 square meters and includes 173 rooms. The interior of the building is richly decorated with works of Norwegian art and surrounded by a magnificent park, which is open to the public only in summer.

On the first floor of the palace are now the hall of the State Council and the parish church.

Excursions to the palace are held from late June to mid-August. It has long been a tradition that if the king is in the palace, his own banner, decorated with gold, soars above the roof of the building. If the king is absent, the flag of Crown Prince Haakon can be seen flying over the palace.

Another long tradition is the daily changing of the guard, which is so popular with tourists.

Coordinates: 59.91725800,10.72729100

Munch Museum

Munch Museum (photo)

The Munch Museum, opened in Oslo in 1963, displays a collection of works by the Norwegian artist and graphic artist Edvard Munch. Currently the exhibition consists of about 1100 paintings, 4500 drawings and 18,000 graphic files. There are also several of the artist’s personal possessions, including those he bequeathed to the city after his death.

A huge collection of Munch’s graphic and artistic works and his written archive form the basis of the museum’s exhibition. The artist himself bequeathed these priceless pieces to the city. Researchers say that the master never threw anything away. Over the years, in addition to works of art, a huge number of papers, notes and documents were accumulated.

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The first exhibition of works by Edvard Munch was held after the end of World War II. A collection of the best works were exhibited at the national gallery, in Oslo. The city government announces a competition for the best design for the Munch Museum. Finally, in 1960, construction of the museum building began, designed by Gunnar Fogner and Elnar Michelbast. The completion date was timed to coincide with the artist’s centennial.

Nowadays the Munch Museum not only handles the daily exhibition work, but is also a scientific center for the study of Edvard Munch’s works, which makes it the largest cultural center in Norway. The museum also hosts concerts and film screenings.

Coordinates: 59.91718300,10.77462300

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland sculpture park (photo)

Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of the wonderful places located in the west of the city of Oslo, in the district of Frogner. Vigeland Park itself is part of the huge Frogner Park. It was created by the great sculptor Gustav Vigeland in 1907-1942. Its area is 30 hectares, which contains about 277 sculptural groups representing the whole gamut of human relationships.

The theme of the park is the human state of mind. Most of the statues here depict people depicted during a variety of activities, such as wrestling, running, hugging, dancing, etc. Each of the statues contains a particular set of human attitudes and emotions, and often a deep philosophical subtext is conveyed, which makes some compositions quite difficult to perceive for the untrained tourist.

At the end of the park in 1930 was erected a unique wrought iron sundial and the Wheel of Life. The latter resembles a wreath depicting four people with a child in infinite harmony. This symbol of eternity encapsulates the main idea of the park: the journey of man from cradle to burial.

Coordinates: 59.92766700,10.69888900

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Flom Railway.

Flom Railway (photo)

When the railway line between Oslo and Bergen was opened in 1909, there was one thing missing – a branch line to Sognefjord. To connect the transport road and the branch of the fjord, the construction of the Flom Railway was begun in 1923. Construction went on for a full 20 years. The road itself is only 20 km long, but the height difference is 864 meters.

The trip includes 9 stops, each of which offers a different panorama: a wild and beautiful mountain landscape with snow-covered peaks, fertile fields and pastures, as well as a waterfall Kjosfossen.

Incidentally, the Flom Road crosses the valley and the river three times without a single bridge. Ingenious Norwegian engineers let the river through the mountain through tunnels under the railway line. Where the train exits the longest tunnel of the Flomsko Railway (1,320 meters) is the most interesting view on the ascent to Myrdal: the railroad tracks on four different levels on the mountain slope.

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When the train arrives in Flom, you can transfer to the Bergen Railway train to Oslo or Bergen. Or, after walking around Flom, take the train in the opposite direction to admire the unique railroad once again.

Coordinates : 60.86376300,7.11296100

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The 30 best sights in Oslo – descriptions and photos

Statistically, Vigeland Park is one of the most visited attractions in the Norwegian capital, and there are just as many locals as tourists. The main reason for this popularity is more than two hundred sculptures by Norway’s national sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

Oslo Royal Palace

The building of the Royal Palace was built in the first half of the XIX century in the style of classicism. In front of it is a statue of King Carl Johan XIV.

Akershus Fortress

Strategically located on the eastern shore of Oslo harbor, Akershus Fortress and Castle is undoubtedly one of Norway’s capital city’s historical architectural masterpieces and one of its most popular attractions.

Karl Johans Gate Street

The central street in the city is Karl Johans Gate, which connects the pier, train station and Royal Palace.

Oslo Botanical Gardens

A blooming oasis in the center of Oslo, the Botanical Gardens are a favorite stroll destination for the capital’s residents. There are also many tourists here, most of whom don’t want to miss the opportunity to stroll aimlessly in the fresh air.

Oslo Historical Museum

Oslo Historical Museum is actually three museums under one roof. Coins, jewelry and decorative arts from the Viking Age are among the highlights of its collection, including the famous Hon Hoard – 2.5kg of precious metals!

Oslo Cathedral

The main temple of the Norwegian capital, the Oslo Cathedral was built in 1697. Today, it’s one of the city’s hidden gems – travelers rush to the Opera or the Nobel Peace Center first thing, annoyingly leaving the cathedral unattended.

Henri-Unstad Cultural Center

Norway’s largest museum of modern and contemporary art is located 12 kilometers west of the city center. The collection includes works by artists and sculptors of the 1950s and 1960s: Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Léger, de Stal and Moore.

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Norwegian Maritime Museum

Writer Rual Dahl once said, every Norwegian has at least one boat. And that seems to be very close to the truth, as any visitor to the Norwegian Maritime Museum, located on the “museum” Begdøy Peninsula, can see.

Vigeland Museum

The sculptor Gustav Wiegeland lived and worked in the mansion (now a museum building) until his death in 1943. He left 12,000 drawings, 1,600 bronze and marble sculptures, 800 plaster models and 400 wooden engravings.

Norwegian Armed Forces Museum

The Armed Forces Museum in Oslo was opened in 1946, but only military personnel could visit it. And in 1978 the doors of the museum opened to all.

Ibsen Museum

To put it briefly, before Ibsen, they wrote razlyu-malinas on subjects far removed from real life, but Mr. Henrik was the first to show the soul-searching of ordinary people. It is clear that such an ingenious undertaking deserves national and worldwide honor, and the playwright – his own museum.

Kon-Tiki Museum

The central hall of the Kon-Tiki Museum is, of course, dedicated to the incredible voyage. In the center of the hall is a skillfully illuminated raft in part original, part restored form, and on the perimeter are numerous materials about the expedition.

Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum was built in 1913 and houses three ships raised from the seas. The three ships on display in the museum were all built in the ninth century and have been on the clay seabed for 1,000 years.

Fram Ship Museum

The love of the Norwegians for the sea is evidenced by the fact that a good third of the museums in Oslo in some way dedicated to seafaring: Maritime Museum, Museum Kon-Tiki, Viking Ship Museum… and finally, the magnificent Museum of the polar ship Fram.

Munch Museum

Let it be known to the skeptical public that Munch is not only “The Scream”, but also a host of other interesting paintings. Not to say that they are all cheerful, but a certain portion of this artist’s paintings nevertheless sets up a positive mood.

Museum of Applied Arts in Oslo

The remarkable Oslo Museum of Applied Arts and Design is the first and one of the most important collections of everyday objects in Europe. Founded in 1876, the museum today has over 35,000 artifacts, ranging from Greek amphorae to jewelry from Southeast Asia.

Astrup-Fernli Museum of Contemporary Art

At the heart of the exhibition is a collection of postwar art collected by Hans Rasmus Astrup: Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Odd Nerdrum. The new museum building, built of wood with a double curved glass roof, is already recognized as one of the outstanding museums around the world in terms of architecture.

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Stenersen Museum

Stenersen Museum is located in the heart of Oslo. It was founded in 1994, although the first collection of paintings was donated to the museum back in 1936 by Rolf Stenersen, a Norwegian businessman and collector. It was he who bought the paintings of his good friend Edvard Munch that the museum is so proud of today.

Oslo National Gallery

National Gallery of Oslo – one of the most extensive, interesting and favorite tourist museums of the Norwegian capital. Within its walls is the largest collection of Norwegian art in the country, from the Romantic era to the 50s of the 20th century.

Portrait of Oslo from an “attraction” point of view – both simple and interesting. Simple – because unlike other European capitals there is not so much architectural monuments and museums. Interesting – because from the available not too extensive “material” Norwegians have managed to create iconic places of the city.

Take painting, for example. Norwegian artists in general are virtually unknown to the general public. But there are few people who haven’t heard of Munch’s famous Scream, if only because of the cinema. And Edvard Munch, for his part, with purely Norwegian practicality, painted several versions of the painting, strategically located in different museums in Oslo – and the calculation of the Norwegians that the tourist will want to see everything, justified, so that today the audience plentiful in the Munch Museum and the National Gallery.

Or, say, the Nobel Prize. Everyone knows that in five disciplines it is awarded in Stockholm – but the Norwegians got hold of the Nobel Peace Prize here, too. And for a century now, for one day a year attract attention to the City Hall, where the ceremony takes place, skillfully diluting the broadcast subtle advertising of tourist wealth of the country.

It’s impossible not to mention the masterpieces of Oslo’s modern architecture – for example, the Opera House, curious not only for its flowing lines and sloping shapes, but also for its cute adaptation of the roof for sunbathing. And Oslo also has an astronomical number of monuments, most of which are located in Vigeland Park: as many as 212 sculptures on life themes.

In short, the capital of Norway knows how to surprise you with hidden masterpieces – just come!

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