Oslo: Best Places to Visit
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Oslo is the capital of Norway and one of the principal cities with a high historical value. The city is a special tourist destination thanks to the green mantle that surrounds it, forming amazing landscapes where mountains merge with lakes. Old and incredibly new, Oslo offers history and heritage alongside modern art and contemporary architecture.
Do you want to know some of the city’s top tourist attractions? Insplosion shows you some that you won’t want to miss!
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Sculpture park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in bronze, granite and cast iron, including The Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian), The Monolith (Monolitten) and The Wheel of Life (Livshjulet). Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park, which is one of Norway’s top tourist attractions, with more than one million annual visitors.
Engebret Cafe has been serving traditional Norwegian food since 1857. Customers include well-known local and foreign cultural personalities who have gathered in our historic premises to enjoy good food and an authentic atmosphere every day.
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Oslo’s Opera House is located right at the harbor, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round. The opera is designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and has received several prestigious awards.
Norsk Folkemuseum – Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
In the open air museum, you’ll find 160 historic buildings situated in beautiful surroundings. Walk between different parts of Norway, from cities to the countryside, while you envision the joys and struggles of everyday life through the centuries.
Aker Brygge is one of the liveliest areas in the capital, especially during the hottest days. The terraces of the cafes and restaurants along the sidewalk are filled with customers who want to enjoy the sun’s rays. It has a magnificent architectural profile that combines modern and functional elements. Meets the art in the Astrup Museum Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, designed by architect Renzo Piano.
One of the best places to discover Oslo’s history and enjoy a summer day. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Håkon V. The medieval castle, completed in the 1300s, had a strategic location at the very end of the headland and withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages. King Christian IV (1588-1648) had the castle modernized and converted into a Renaissance castle and royal residence.
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