Oslo Travel Guide

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Oslo Area Map

Neighborhoods

Oslo isn't organized by a simple grid system, but the bulk of the city's main attractions can be found in two central neighborhoods: Sentrum and Bygdøy. Oslo's rapid growth in recent years also means former industrial areas like Grünerløkka and Old Oslo's waterfront are ideal for taking a break from sightseeing and experiencing the capital's trendier side. If you're in need of a scenic escape or a winter getaway, pencil in a visit to the Holmenkollen region.

Accessible via tram Nos. 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19 at Aker brygge, Kontraskjaeret, Øvre Slottsgate, Dronningens gate, Jernbanetorget, Stortorvet, Prof. Aschehougs plass, Holbergs plass and Nationaltheatret stations and all T-bane lines at Jernbanetorget station.

As its name implies, Sentrum sits in the heart of Oslo next to the northern shore of Oslo Fjord. The neighborhood's main street, Karl Johans gate, connects Oslo's downtown train station to the Royal Palace, one of the city's most recognizable sights. Around this thoroughfare you can find many of the city's best shops, eateries and hotels, including several four- and five-star options. 

Additional attractions are scattered throughout Sentrum. In the northern and southern parts of the neighborhood, visitors will find the two main buildings of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Just north of Oslo's cargo port, travelers can check out the medieval Akershus Castle and Fortress, as well as the Norway Resistance Museum, an institution that houses exhibits about the Nazi occupation of Norway during World War II. And within walking distance of Sentrum's Aker Brygge entertainment district, vacationers can learn more about local politics and the Nobel Peace Prize at Oslo City Hall and the Nobel Peace Center.

Accessible via tram Nos. 17, 18 and 19 at Oslo Hospital, St. Halvards plass, Munkegata, Bussterminalen Grønland and Heimdalsgata stations and all T-bane lines at Grønland, Ensjø, Helsfyr, Brynseng and Hasle stations.

Whether you want to see traditional Oslo or the city's modern side, Old Oslo has you covered. Located just east of Sentrum, this historic district features a mix of medieval ruins left from when the city burned down in 1624 and up-and-coming regions filled with modern buildlings. Accommodation options are limited here, but art lovers won't want to miss the Munch Museum (an attraction dedicated to local painter Edvard Munch that sits between Tøyen Park and the University of Oslo's botanical garden). Other must-do's include catching a show at the Oslo Opera House and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in the chic Barcode area.

Accessible via tram Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 17 at Brugata, Hausmanns gate, Heimdalsgata, Lakkegata skole, Carl Berners plass, Rosenhoff, Sinsenterrassen, Schous plass, Olaf Ryes plass, Birkelunden and Biermanns gate stations and T-bane lines 4 and 5 at Løren and Carl Berners plass stations.

Once known as the working-class neighborhood of Oslo, Grünerløkka – which sits northwest of Old Oslo – now attracts trendsetters in droves thanks to its abundance of hip cafes, shops, restaurants and concert venues. Its revitalization began after an influx of immigrants moved to the region in the 1980s and 1990s, bringing with them their unique cultures that inspired local shopkeepers and restauranteurs to set up shop here. Younger, artsy residents took notice and continue to flock to the area, leading many to consider the neighborhood Oslo's version of Greenwich Village in New York City.

Accessible via tram Nos. 11, 17 and 18 at Frydenlund, Dalsbergstien, Bislett, Stensgata, Adamstuen and Ullevål sykehus stations.

Head west of Grünerløkka to reach this idyllic stretch of apartment buildings and parks. At St. Hanshaugen Park, you'll find some of the best views of Oslo Fjord and the downtown skyline, plus an open-air cafe that swells with locals every summer. If you have kids in tow, visit the Oslo Reptile Park (an indoor animal sanctuary with snakes, spiders and frogs, among other species) or watch a sporting event (think: speedskating competitions, track meets and soccer matches) at Bislett Stadium. Meanwhile, the adjacent Our Savior's Cemetery is a must for art enthusiasts. Here, you can see the grave of Edvard Munch, who's best known for his colorful "Scream" paintings.

Accessible via tram Nos. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at Frydenlund, Welhavens gate, Dalsbergstien, Rosenborg, Bogstadveien, Majorstuen, Frogner stadion, Vigelandsparken, Frogner plass, Briskeby and Riddervolds plass stations and all T-bane lines at Majorstuen station.

Bordered by two of Oslo's most well-known parks – the Palace Park (which surrounds the Royal Palace) and Vigeland Park (the world's largest sculpture park with works by one artist) – Majorstuen is one of the city's most exclusive residential areas. In addition to sitting just northwest of Sentrum and featuring one of Oslo's main transportation hubs, Majorstuen encompasses the popular Bogstadveien shopping thoroughfare. A public swimming pool, an ice skating rink and the Oslo City Museum are also available inside the southern part of Vigeland Park.

Accessible via tram Nos. 12, 13 and 19 at Ruseløkka, Inkognitogata, Solli, Niels Juels gate, Lille Frogner allé, Elisenberg, Frogner plass, Nobels gate, Skarpsno and Skillebekk stations.

One of the oldest areas in Oslo is the posh Frogner district. Situated southwest of Majorstuen, Frogner features some of Norway's most expensive residences, including many that house embassies for countries like Sweden, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. The quiet neighborhood is also home to multiple cafes, shops and restaurants. Plus, the Vigeland Museum (which is best known for its collection of plaster models used to create Vigeland Park's sculptures) can be found in Frogner's northwestern section.

Accessible via Båtservice Sightseeing's seasonal Bygdøy ferry line and bus No. 30.

Occupying a peninsula located southwest of Frogner, Bygdøy offers a variety of ways to pass the time year-round. Can't-miss museums like the Fram Museum, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History are ideal spots to learn about Norway's early settlers and explorers, while Bygdøy's beaches and hiking and bike trails are prime places to unwind or break a sweat during the warmer months. Huk and Paradisbukta beaches are especially popular.

Accessible via T-bane Line 1 at Holmenkollen station.

Approximately 5 miles north of Bygdøy lies the breathtaking Holmenkollen neighborhood. A gateway to the popular Nordmarka recreational area, Holmenkollen offers some of Norway's best ski and snowboard slopes, plus the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, the world's oldest skiing-focused museum. In addition to featuring exhibits that touch on more than 4,000 years of skiing history, the museum sits beneath Holmenkollen's iconic sky jump, which is the only ski jump in the world that's made of steel and integrates permanent wind protection into its design.

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