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Capital and most populous city of Norway. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping.

LindøyaLindøya, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Islands

Lindøya is a small island located in the Oslofjord, just south of central Oslo. Administratively it belongs to the borough of Gamle Oslo. The island is connected to Oslo by means of two boat routes: line 92 which dock on the western side of the island, and line 93 which dock on the eastern side. Service is year-round although very limited during the winter season.

MaridalenMaridalen, Oslo kommune, Norway
Churches
Old Ruins

Ruins after the Margareta Church in the Maridalen valley, one of few remains in Oslo from the Middle Ages. It was built around the year 1250, was a small, single-nave church with choir, dedicated to St. Margareta. The medieval church was partly excavated and restored in 1934, and is beautifully situated at Kirkeby in the north end of the lake Maridalsvannet.

MaridalsvannetMaridalsvannet, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

The eastern side of Maridalsvannet, Oslo’s largest lake, is a beautiful area with great views overlooking the thick forest and the water, and a vast amount of trails to explore. Taking the tram from downtown will provide easy access to the trail and to the rest of the Nordmarka forest.

Munch MuseumTøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist, consists of paintings, graphical prints and drawings. By constantly changing the exhibitions, the museum presents the variety in his production. Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism.

NakholmenNakholmen, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Islands

Nakholmen is an uninhabited island in the inner part of Oslofjord, in the municipality of Oslo. It is located west of Lindøya and southeast of Bygdøy. The island has more than 180-weekend cottages. The first element is nakke - the last element is the finite form of holme. The name is referring to a rock formation on the islet.

NasjonalgallerietUniversitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The National Museum holds, conserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about Norway’s largest collections of art, architecture, and design. The museum presents permanent exhibitions of objects from its collection and temporary exhibitions of loaned and own material.  It is one of ht finest exhibitions in this area.

Nobel Peace CenterBrynjulf Bulls plass 1, 0250 Oslo, Norway
Iconic Buildings

Located in the old Western Railway Station near Oslo city hall and the harbor. At the Nobel Peace Center, you can experience and learn about the remarkable Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the history of the Peace Prize, and Alfred Nobel.   The installation The Peace Prize Laureates is filled with information, photos, texts, videos, and animations about the laureates’ lives and work.

Norwegian Maritime MuseumBygdøynesveien 37, 0286 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The Norwegian Maritime Museum is situated near several other museums, including the Fram Museum; the Kon-Tiki Museum; the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History; and the Viking Ship Museum. The Norwegian Maritime Museum is operated in conjunction with the Norwegian Folk Museum. Its exhibits including shipbuilding, boat models, fishing, marine archeology, and shipping. he museum also displays a collection of more than 40 maritime paintings by notable artists.

NøklevannNøklevann, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful lake that was densely surrounded by nature and has a lot of recreational activities around. Daily a lot of people visit this place every day. it was one of the main drinking water resources of Oslo.

Old Aker church Geitmyrsveien 7D, 0171 Oslo, Norway
Churches

Old Aker Church is Oslo's oldest remaining building and the only remaining church from the Middle Ages. It is assumed that it was built around the year 1150. It is a stone church, built as a three-naved Roman-style basilica.  The church has been pillaged and ravaged by fire several times. The oldest part of the surrounding churchyard dates back to the 12th century. The church has a baroque pulpit and baptismal font from 1715. The tower was built in 1861.

OscarshallOscarshallveien, 0287 Oslo, Norway
Palaces

The summer palace of Oscarshall is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo. The palace was commissioned by King Oscar I and Queen Joséphine and was completed in 1852. Today it is the property of the state and is placed at the disposal of the King. This is one of the iconic buildings in this area and The palace is open to the public every summer.

Oslo CathedralKarl Johans gate 11, 0154 Oslo, Norway
Churches

A huge and beautiful church which was located in the heart of Norway. The parish church for downtown Oslo was first consecrated in 1697, and in 1950 it was restored back to its original baroque interior. Oslo Cathedral is the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo and is used for weddings and funerals by the Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government. it is one of the main pilgrimage centres in this area and a lot of people visits this place every day.

Oslo City Museum (Oslo Bymuseum)Frognerveien 67, 0266 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The Oslo City Museum is situated at Frogner Manor in the Vigeland park. It is a museum of cultural history with one of the largest collections of paintings in Norway. The history of Oslo is illustrated by thematic exhibitions showing, among other things, the development of Oslo and the city's cultural and commercial activities.

Oslo Opera HouseKirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway
Viewing Decks
Art Centres
Notable Architectures

Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with marble from Carrara, Italy and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water.

Our Savior's CemeteryAkersbakken 32, 0172 Oslo, Norway
Man-made Structures- Other

A cemetery dating back to 1808, known primarily for Æreslunden, Norway's main honorary burial ground.  famous Norwegians such as Edvard Munch, Henrik Ibsen, Henrik Wergeland, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Richard Nordrak, Christian Krogh and Alf Prøysen are buried here. The surroundings are beautifully maintained and is very famous among the peoples.

Ringnes Park Museum, EKEBERGRingnes Park Museum, EKEBERG, Kongsveien 23, 0193 Oslo, Norway
Viewpoints
Parks
Art Centres
Museums
Sculptures

A park with amazing views of Oslo and thought-provoking sculptures.

Sofienberg ParkSofienberggata 14, 0558 Oslo, Norway
Parks

The biggest park in the Grünerløkka area is a popular recreational area for the locals, especially the younger generations. The park has table tennis tables and a fun playground for the kids. In the middle of the park lies Sofienberg church. The park was originally a cemetery, inaugurated in 1858, but many people were critical to having a cemetery in a central and densely populated area.

SognsvannSognsvann, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful lake located in the heart of Oslo. It is famous for its recreation area with great places for picnics, swimming, fishing, walking, running, and cross-country skiing.  The two-mile walking/running path around the lake is lit and wheelchair-friendly.

St. Olav's Catholic CathedralAkersveien 1, 0177 Oslo, Norway
Churches

St Olav Domkirke is the principal Catholic place of worship in Oslo. It was the first Catholic church to be built in Norway following the Lutheran Reformation.  Highlights of the church’s interior include an altarpiece depicting Raphael’s Madonna, an Italian marble tabernacle donated by Pope Pius, and a throne used by Pope John Paul II in 1989. It is one of the key attractions in this area and a famous pilgrimage center.

Stave church from GolMuseumsveien 10, 0287 Oslo, Norway
Churches

Gol Stave Church (Norwegian: Gol stavkyrkje) is a stave church originally from Gol in the traditional region of Hallingdal in Buskerud county, Norway. The reconstructed church is now a museum and is now located in the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway

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