For new visitors to the Norwegian capital of Oslo, there are countless of attractions to visit, and too many to list here. They say that the best way to learn about a place is to live there and to spend time with locals. In the event your trip is going to be a short one, here are a few of the most visited places for first time visitors.
The first place on the list is the National Gallery. Founded in 1837, this museum has the largest collection of visual art in Norway. This museum holds the infamous painting ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, as well as paintings by great painters like Cezanne and Manet. There’s even a Fairy Tale Room, which is dedicated to paintings of princesses, as well as trolls and other fantasy creatures. An additional bonus is the entry fee to the National Gallery includes entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design.
If you’re visiting during the summer months, we recommend the TusenFryd Amusement park. The place offers more than 30 fun attractions for children and adults alike including large and small roller coasters, a log ride, carousels, a water park with a swimming pool, a swimming river, and a huge water slide. Bring your bathing suits!
The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet is located by the harbor and offers beautiful panoramic views of Oslo from its rooftop. Designed by the Norwegian architecture firm of Snohetta, the interior of the building is impressively covered in oak, and the large windows offer glimpses of rehearsals and the artisans in the workshops. The theatre offers a varied a program, tours, and boasts three stages, with seating accommodations from 200 to 1379.
For those interested in Oslo’s history, the Akershus Castle and Fortress is an impressive building that offers tours. Built in 1299 under King Hakon V, the medieval castle has withstood a number of sieges and was modernized and converted into a royal residence during the 1500s. It is now a celebrated venue for a variety of events, such as concerts, ceremonies, and public holiday celebrations.
The last, but certainly not the least on our list is the Holmenkollen Ski Tower and Museum. Open 365 days a year, this landmark of the Norwegian consciousness embodies over a century of skiing competitions, presents visitors with over 4,000 years of skiing history, and has one of the oldest ski jumps in the world. There’s also a ski simulator and a café and shop.
However, if you need something more exotic, you can always go to Seychelles and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.