Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Oslo, users recommend paying a visit to Det Norske Kongehus, in the Central Oslo area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.



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

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

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

Nasjonaltreatret (National Theatre)


This century old theater is located by Karl Johans gate and plays a significant role in Norwegian culture. Productions feature mainly Norwegian plays, both traditional classics and contemporary works. Henrik Ibsen is a key figure in the...  Read More

Central Oslo


This neo-Romanesque parliament building, completed in the mid-19th century, features lavish decorations by Norwegian artisans. The park in front of the building – along Karl Johans gate – is one of Oslo's busiest summertime sites....  Read More