What to do in Oslo

Tourist Information

There are two tourist information offices in Oslo city centre; one by the Central Station and one by City Hall.

Culture and Sightseeing in Oslo

The Oslo Pass provides free travel on all public transport, free admission to museums and sights.

  • Architecture and Design
  • Edvard Munch and Oslo
  • National Museum
  • The Munch Museum - The Scream

Other sights

  • Aker brygge
  • Karl Johans gate
  • Grünerløkka
  • The Opera house
  • Holmenkollen
  • The Royal Palace
  • Akershus Castle
  • Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
  • The Viking Ship Museum
  • Vigeland sculpture park
  • Emanuel Vigeland's Museum

Aker Brygge

Pedestrians at Aker Brygge in Oslo

Aker Brygge is a former shipbuilding area, which is now a district packed with shops and restaurants. Its public promenade is the focal point of the harbour and the city of Oslo. Tourists and locals enjoy the cafes, playgrounds, public art, floating restaurants, and small fishing boats that sell their catch at the dock. It is possible to take the boat from Aker Brygge to the small islands in the Oslo Fjord, and to Bygdøy with the museums.

Karl Johans gate

Karl Johans gate is the main street in Oslo city centre. The street is named after King Karl III Johan who was the king of Norway and Sweden from 1818 to 1884. The goes from Oslo Central Station to the Castle. Along the street there are several well-known buildings like the Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke), the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), the National Theatre (Nationaltheatret) and the Old University Building. 



Grünerløkka is situated in the eastern part of Oslo city centre, close to Akerselva. This part of the city is well known for its cultural life. Many artists have lived here, and one of the most well-known is Edvard Munch. In Grünerløkka there are plenty of nice cafés, shops and markets. There are also many concert scenes like Blå, Fabrikken and Parkteatret.

The Opera house

The Opera House


Holmenkollen ski jump

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

Akershus Castle

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

The gol stave church

The Viking Ship Museum

The Oseberg Viking Ship

Vigeland sculpture park

Janne Beate Reitan Published: Updated:
Opera 1

Opera 2

Opera 3

Photo: Ola Erik Blæsterdalen