Highlights of Oslo, the heart of the Oslo region

Urban life in the Oslo region

Discover the Oslo region's emerging metropolis.

At the heart of the Oslo region lies Oslo, the fastest growing capital in all of Europe, with amazing changes going on in everything from local cuisine to architecture. Come take part in the excitement, and you’ll also discover a city surprisingly rich in culture – and close to nature.

Akrobaten bridge and Barcode
Akrobaten bridge and Barcode
Photo: VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen



A capital on the rise

Oslo has undergone amazing changes over the last decade. New neighbourhoods and landmarks of modern architecture have reshaped the face of the city, and old container docks are turning into fjord-side housing areas and walking promenades. Go for a stroll and enjoy the feel of a city on the rise!

 

Oslo harbour promenade
Oslo harbour promenade
Photo: VisitOSLO/Dirick Stenersen

 

Small revolutions in food, coffee and craft beers have put Oslo on the world’s culinary radar. Local ingredients and food traditions, which before were of little interest to anyone, are now cultivated into a three-star Michelin meals at the Oslo restaurant Maaemo. You’ll also find numerous other great eateries with refreshing takes on cuisines from all over the globe.

Culinary gems in Oslo

Your favourite spot for culture

It is still not widely known, but Oslo has one the most vibrant culture scenes in all of Europe. Concerts and music festivals are particularly plentiful, and great happenings in contemporary dance, clubbing, opera and theatre also make Oslo an excellent choice for a cultural city break.

At Øya music festival
At Øya music festival
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen




Art in many forms

Oslo’s main art attractions include the Munch Museum, which owns more than half of Edvard Munch’s paintings, and the National Gallery where Edvard Munch's best-known works are shown in one single room. 

 

Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
Photo: VISITOSLO/Didrick Stenersen © Elmgreen & Dragset / BONO 2017

 

The city is also has a strong tradition for outdoor art, which runs from the monumental Vigeland sculpture arrangement to the recently founded Ekeberg sculpture park

A green destination

Oslo is a green city in several respects. Large and accessible forest areas surround the city, and the Oslo fjord has a strong presence in the city centre.

For an active twist on your stay, hit the forests and climb the trees in Oslo Summer Park, or go island hopping by public ferry.

 

The Oslo fjord
The Oslo fjord
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

With a growing number of eco-certified hotels, restaurants and attractions, Oslo has a lot to offer eco-conscious travellers. Public transportation is convenient and accessible throughout the city.

You may even enjoy green sightseeing in your own tempo – rent a city bike and start your Oslo adventure!

Other city highlights in the region

The Oslo region is home to several other cities that offer great options for fine dining, art, cultural events and other kinds of urban fun.

The Olympic city of Lillehammer, located in the northern part of the region, is a renowned hub for art and artists. The city, which every spring hosts the largest literature festival in the Nordics, was recently included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a city of literature.

 

Lillehammer Art Museum
Lillehammer Art Museum
Photo: Visitosloregion/Didrick Stenersen

 

In the southern part of the region, on the east side of the Oslo fjord, lies the city of Fredrikstad. Although its historic Old Town may be the city’s main attraction, the modern city centre also offers great selection of stores, nice coffee shops, and a number of good eateries located along the river.

 

The pier in Fredrikstad
The pier in Fredrikstad
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

 

Across the Oslo fjord you’ll find Tønsberg, the oldest city in Norway which dates back to the Viking Age. Today it is known as a great spot for cultural events, with the annual Slottsfjellfestivalen being one of the main highlights.

Tønsberg’s neighbouring city of Sandefjord is also a popular destination for city breakers. Highlights include cool street art, a bustling wharf area and an acclaimed seafood restaurant run by a Bocuse D’Or-winning chef.

 


Read more about the different destinations in the Oslo region.

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