Sadly, my Erasmus exchange in Oslo came to an end a couple of days ago. I would thus like to share with you some must-sees of the city.
Frogner Park is a lovely park located in the borough of Frogner. It contains a dozen of sculptures conceived by Gustav Vigeland, a famous Norwegian sculptor.
Frogner is Oslo’s “chic & trendy” neighborhood. You will find a lot of cafés and restaurants (see “El Camino”, “Villa Paradisio”, and “Kolonihagen”), and it is packed with beautiful houses.
Royal Palace – Parliament – National Theatre
I put those three monuments in one because they are all three located in the same area.
Every day, at 1.30 pm, there is the changing of the guards in front of the Palace.
Karl Johans Gate
It is the main – but also the most touristic – street in Oslo. You will find all sorts of cafés, restaurants, shops, …
I love to climb on the top of the Akerhus Fortress late in the afternoon to enjoy a lovely sunset on Oslo. The view is stunning.
Even though the Townhall isn’t that glamorous from the outside, the inside is worth a visit. Almost all the walls are indeed covered with paintings.
Did you know that the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held in it each year?
I literally love strolling around Aker Brygge, especially during Spring. It reminds me so much of the holidays, with all those ice-cream shops and restaurant terraces.
When you have a look at the penthouses, you understand why it is one of the most expensive neighborhood in Oslo!
Astrup Fernley Museum of Modernt Art
The architecture of the Astrup Fernley Museum keeps impressing me. Each month, you can enjoy a different exhibition.
Don’t forget to grab a cinnamon roll in the café located inside the museum, they are to die for!
Holmenkollen is mainly known for its Olympian ski jump. But, it also offers the most breathtaking view on Oslo.
The tram 1 (direction Frognerseteren) will bring you directly to the top, and during winter you can even rent skis and enjoy the slopes at the Oslo Vinterpark.
Another park in Oslo that is packed with lovely sculptures.
Sognsvann is a beautiful lake located in the North of Oslo. I love to have a walk around the lake on Sundays, so peaceful!
The Opera might not be located in the prettiest area of Oslo, but its architecture is still mind-blowing.
Bygdoy is essentially known for its crowded beaches during summer, but also for its museums and its wonderful houses.
Take the ferry from Aker Brygge to Bygdoy, and get lost in the neighborhoods!
Grünerløkka is the young and hipster neighborhood of Oslo. Cafés, vintage shops, and weekly markets (see Blå) are the main attractions.
I love to hang there, especially on weekends!
If – like me – you love Norway’s traditional colored wooden houses, you should pass by Telthusbakken. It is one of the only streets in Oslo where you can still find them!
Take a ferry and go island hopping between the different islands (Hovedøya, Gressholmen, Lindøya, Malmøya, and Ormøya) in the Oslo Fjord.