Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Oslo to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Central Oslo

Located among university buildings along Karl Johans gate, the National Gallery features Norway's largest, most comprehensive art collection. The majority of works hail from Norwegian artists such as Johann Christian Dahl, Harriet Backer, and...  Read More

Oslo Domkirke

This cathedral, built in the 17th century, underwent restorations in the mid-1800s and again in the mid-1900s. The pulpit and altar date back to the church's origins, while the bronze doors were created by 20th-century Norwegian artisan Dagfin...  Read More


Three Viking burial vessels, Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, which had been preserved in clay-like subsoil, were excavated on the shores of Oslo Fjord in the late 19th century. These ships are now displayed in a specially constructed hall. The...  Read More

Båtservice Sightseeing

This company offers a variety of boat and coach tour packages, including a minicruise, fjord sightseeing, and the Grand Tour of Oslo which shows off the city's best aspects. Minicruises around the Oslo Fjord are highly recommended for the...  Read More

Det Norske Kongehus

Situated near the western terminus of Karl Johans gate, Norway's 160-room royal palace dates from 1824, when King Karl Johan commissioned architect Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow to construct a grand, neoclassical residence on a hilltop just...  Read More


This castle park, which surrounds the Royal Palace, is open to the public. Visitors can witness the changing of the guard in the early afternoon. When the king is in residence, the Royal Guard band accompanies the change with music. An...  Read More

Huk/Paradisbukta Beach

On a warm summer's day, few places in Oslo are as popular as Huk, a beach at the southern tip of the Bygdøy peninsula only 5 km from city center. It offers easy access to the waters of the fjord, and visitors enjoy swimming, bicycle trips, and...  Read More

This simple, red-brick building – Oslo's city hall – houses colorful murals and frescoes depicting aspects of Norway's history, culture, and economy. The hall and grounds feature paintings, tapestries, sculpture, and woodcarvings by such...  Read More

Akershus Slott og Festning

The Akershus complex was originally built in 1300 as a fortress and royal residence and was later rebuilt, after a fire in 1527, as a royal Renaissance palace. Currently, it's used for state occasions. The castle is an important – and beloved...  Read More

One of Oslo's most beautiful public parks, this wide-open space west of Frognerparken contains the life's work of Gustav Vigeland, perhaps Norway's most revered sculptor. More than 200 Vigeland masterpieces are on display, including the bronze...  Read More