What to do in Oslo

Activities, attractions and tours
Oslo Opera House showing modern architecture, a city and theater scenes

Oslo Attractions

Oslo serves as the capital city of Norway and is one of Europe’s premier destinations for fun. You can find an abundance of exciting things to do in Oslo while enjoying some of the city’s top tourist spots. Using a detailed map of Oslo will help you find many of the city’s best places.

The Royal Palace is one of the top attractions in Oslo. Built during the 19th century, this beautiful palace has been the residence of Norwegian royalty throughout its history. You can tour the palace to see elegant furnishings and manicured gardens. A small lake situated behind the palace features a stunning fountain.

While taking Oslo excursions, you can also check out the city’s local museums. The Fram Museum details the story of a famous ship, which made expeditions to the Arctic regions as well as to Antarctica. The Norwegian Folk Art Museum is an open-air museum featuring a series of old homes taken from various sections around the country. The Viking Ship Museum is also one of the must-see places in Oslo.

Peaceful parks and other great outdoor locations can also be found throughout the city. A short boat ride to the small island of Hovedoya will give you the chance to enjoy the serenity of the area’s natural setting. Frogner Park, which is also the largest park in Norway, features a series of captivating outdoor sculptures designed by Gustav Vigeland. You can also venture just outside of the city center if you would like to explore Saint Hanshaugen Park.

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What to do in Oslo

Free Things to Do in Oslo

Leave your wallet in the hotel room. It's possible to have fun in Oslo without spending a cent.

National Museum - Museum of Decorative Arts and Design - Crammed with artifacts and displays, this place is a wonderland for inquisitive minds.

CAK Center for African Culture - If you're in the mood to get cultured, head here and enjoy the creative talent on display.

Lillomarka Wilderness Area - Let the kids have a good time or let your own inner child run free — this attraction just screams fun.

Supreme Court of Norway - Architecture lovers will no doubt enjoy admiring the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Bazaar Halls - Pay a visit to this historic landmark and learn a thing or two about the area's cultural heritage.

Jernbanetorget - Amble along the streets and lose yourself in the vibe of this favorite location.

Gressholmen Island - Find a spot to sit and savor the tranquility that comes with being close to the water.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Statue - Spend some time here and find out the importance of this place to the locals.

Oslo Cathedral - Gain an insight into the local faith at this place of worship.

Paradisbukta Beach - Practice skipping stones, catch a sunset or simply revel in the views from the shore.

Vantage Point Ekeberg - Slip away from the busy city life and immerse yourself in nature at this awe-inspiring attraction.

Medieval Park - Whether you know your daffodils from daisies, you're certain to find beauty in this spectacular display.

Things to Do in Oslo with Kids

Oslo is a fantastic destination for a family escape. Take the kids along and enjoy these top family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What is Oslo famous for?
With plenty of renowned sights like these to explore, your most challenging decision will be where to go first:

  • Oslo Opera House
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • Munch Museum
  • Holmenkollen Ski Jump

What should I not miss in Oslo?
If you want to see the best of this place, add these attractions to your schedule:

  • Aker Brygge
  • Nobel Peace Center
  • Kon Tiki Museum
  • Fram Museum

Are there cheap things to do in Oslo?
What can you do in Oslo for free?
You’ll barely have time to grab your wallet out of your bag with so many incredible free things to do:

  • Karl Johan Gate
  • Aker Brygge
  • Oslo City Hall
  • Akershus Fortress

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