City centre, the best area to stay in Oslo
Along the same stretch of road and you can find the most important buildings in the city and you can start off at the Royal Palace, which is the residence of the now Norwegian monarch. It was built in the early 19th century for the then royal residence and there are guided tours that take you around the building including various bedrooms, the hall and the library. The Oslo Cathedral is one of the most attractive buildings in the city, which had hand-made bronze doors by a local carpenter as well as intricately stained-glass windows.
The City Hall is open to the public and one of the main highlights of the building is the great hall, which has huge morals that are to do with Nordic social themes. Upstairs you will find some historical artefacts of the city like items and documents and this is where the Nobel Peace Prize is formally presented to the winner. The Parliament here claims to be one of the prettiest ones of its type, which was built in the late 19th century in Romanesque style with the use of yellow bricks. It has been finely preserved with wonderful paintings decorating the interior about the history of the country.
The Norwegian Folk Museum is a top museum and you may need several hours as there are many collections of traditional life including costumes, weapons, toys and utensils. However, the main highlight of the museum is the open-air museum, which consists of 150 remade homes that represent Norway through the times. There is also the Norwegian Maritime Museum that has an impressive array of old ships and the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology is a winner for both adults and kids with interactive and fun exhibitions. The city centre also has various art galleries with the best being the Munch Gallery and this gallery features most of Edward Munch’s most famous works. Another worthwhile one is the National Gallery as this is where you will find Norwegian art from the 18th century to the present as well as international artists.
For shopping, the best area to head to is by the Karl Johans gate as the streets that surround it focus on various items like clothing, accessories, jewellery and traditional souvenirs and food. The Oslo Shopping Centre is another place that is worth checking out as it is one of the newest malls, which has plenty of various shops. After being busy trying to find a bargain, you may want to head to one of the stunning parks, which all provide tranquil and relaxing areas. The best ones to check out are the Slottsparken, close to the Royal Palace, and Sofienbergparken, which can get busy on the weekends with many families coming to enjoy the large open-space.
Another place to go to for some relaxation is by the waterfront, which provides elegant walks and brilliant views with chances to experience boat trips of the area. At night, try to visit the Opera House, which is spectacularly lit up at night and even won best cultural building in the 2008 World Architecture Festival. There are also many different shows that are hosted throughout the week, which are both presented in the native language and in English.
For trying the local cuisine, the most popular place is Torggata, which also has a great selection of Asian cuisines including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian as well as European dishes like Italian and Spanish. Notably, the most amount of pubs is found by the city hall and there are sports-based bars, live music venues and cocktail lounges along it. Again, the Karl Johans gate has a great number of hotels that range from standard hostels to some of the most expensive hotels in the country.
Hotels in Oslo City Centre