The City Hall is the most famous sight in Oslo, the two mighty brick towers dominate the Oslo skyline. After the union with Sweden ended, Norway's independence should be demonstrated by a representative building. 1918 Arnstein Arneberg and Markus Poulsson won the architectural competition. The 66 m high Radhuset was opened in 1950. The main hall is covered with beutiful murals of the history of Norway.
The Karl Johans gate is the main shopping street of Oslo. The street connects the Royal Castle with the central station. The center of Oslo is located at Stortinget, this is where you will see the famous billboard of the "Freia" chocolate factory.
The former harbor district has been transformed into a residential and leisure center since the 1980s. The new harbor promenade is home to shops, shopping malls and restaurants with views on the "Oslofjord" and the famous town hall. "Aker Brygge" is a very popular district for going out with many bars and clubs.
The fort guarded the Oslofjord since about 1300. In 1315 the castle became the royal residence of Haakon V. In the following centuries the "Akershus festning" was repeatedly extended. In 1716 the castle survived the siege by the Swedes. Today the great halls are among the main attractions of the Akershus Fortress.
Christian IV King of Denmark and Norway decided to rebuilt Oslo after a fire in 1624. The city named Christiania was built with rectangular city blocks. In 1990 the artist Wenche Gulbransen set up the sculpture of a glove, which symbolizes the founding of the city.
The parliament building "Stortinget" is home to the Norwegian National Assembly. The yellowish clinker building of the Swedish architect Emil Victor Langlet was opened in 1866. In 1950 the construction at Akersgata was built. The Norwegian Parliament has 169 seats for deputies.
The "Royal Palace" stands on a hill above the city. The construction was begun under King Karl Johan in 1836 and completed in 1848. The palace is the residence of the Royal Family. The "Royal Palace" is open to the public in summer time, when the Royal Family is on vacation.
The district of "Grünerløkka" is quite generous with its charm. A really nice neighborhood with many cafes and small, designed shops and restaurants. The most beautiful part is between Olaf Ryes plass and Birkelunden. "Grünerløkka" is popular among students and cool hipsters.
The top attraction of Oslo is the sculpture park of Gustav Vigeland in "Frognerparken". Between 1924 and 1943, the sculptor created over 200 sculptures of granite and bronze. The theme is the life of man, from childhood to death, with all life phases and feelings. The center of the complex is the 17 m high monolith, a granite column consisting of 121 figures. The artist has worked on these sculptures to handle his unhappy childhood.
The famous Holmenkollen ski jump is located on a 400 m high mountain in the west of Oslo. Even in summer you can watch ski jumpers here or test your courage yourself on a steel cable. The wooded Holmenkollen is also suitable for hiking. The Holmenkollbakken is the symbol of Oslo. The ski jump is considered the first in the world. It was built in 1892. In 2010 the ski jump was renewed and since then offers space for 50,000 spectators.
The Holmenkollen can be easily reached from the city center by underground.
Willkommen in Oslo
Oslo is the capital of Norway with 660,000 inhabitants. The first traces of settlement date back to 1000 AD. The city is surrounded by mountains, at a river mouth in the Oslofjord. The main attractions of the city include Akershus fortress, Vigelandsparken and the Holmenkollen ski jump. The name Oslo is pronounced like "Uslu".
The local transport is well developed and you can easily get to all important places in the city. The underground, trams and buses form a tight network.
The districts "Aker Brygge" (at the harbor) and "Grünerløkka" around "Olaf Ryes Plass" are ideal for going out.