Oslo Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Oslo

If you have extra time, Vigeland Park (Vigelandsparken) is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Oslo
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    Occupying 766 square miles, Oslo Fjord attracts Oslo residents and tourists in droves, especially during the warmer months. Water vistas are available from many parts of the city, including popular attractions like theOslo Opera HouseandAkershus Fortress. You can also opt to hit the water in a canoe or kayak, but

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    Karl Johans gate
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    Karl Johans gate stretches between Oslo's downtown train station and Palace Park, an expansive park that surrounds theRoyal Palace. Boutiques, cafes, bars, nightclubs andhotelsare just some of the amenities you'll find lining this central thoroughfare. Inside the smaller Studenterlunden Park, which borders the street's western end, you can catch a performance at

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    Vigeland Park (Vigelandsparken)
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Vigeland Park, which resides in Ullern and Majorstuen's Frogner Park, is the world's largest sculpture park featuring works by a single artist. The park is composed of five main areas: the Main Gate, the Wheel of Life, the Fountain, the Monolith Plateau and the Bridge. Its highlight is its 200-plus

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    Bygdøy
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    Outdoorsy types and museum buffs should plan on spending at least one day on the Bygdøy peninsula. This region 3 miles west of central Oslo is home to some of the city's best museums, including theFram Museum, theViking Ship Museumand theNorwegian Museum of Cultural History. The peninsula's southern tip is especially

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    Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)
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    Music lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike won't want to miss a visit to this modern opera house. Located in the western part of Gamle Oslo, the Oslo Opera House features a contemporary design inspired by glaciers floating in the adjacentOslo Fjord. Noteworthy details include floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden interior accents and

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    Oslo City Hall (Oslo radhus)
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    Across the street from the ferry pier in the heart of Oslo's Sentrumneighborhoodlies Oslo City Hall, a government building best known for annually hosting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. This 20th-century building, which was designed by Norwegian architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson, features a brick facade and two towers,

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    Akershus Fortress (Akershus festning)
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    OverlookingOslo Fjordin downtown Oslo, Akershus Fortress – which is composed of a medieval fortress and a Renaissance castle – has been a fixture in the city for more than 700 years. For most of that time, its primary purpose was to defend the city from foreign invaders – something it

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