If you are looking for a short weekend getaway to a city filled with some of the world’s finest art, island boat trips and a spectacular royal palace then Oslo will tick all the right boxes.
The city is home to the Nobel Peace Prize Centre which features a selection of contemporary art with a powerful message- that we all as humans need to come together to solve the world’s problems, to end wars and to work towards peace and denuclearization. Some of the most famous Nobel Peace Prize recipients include Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Mother Teresa. Many of the awards recipients have left an incredible legacy and have helped further the fields of science, medicine, politics and human rights to make the world a better place.
You can also visit Oslo City Hall, which is the site of the Nobel Peace Prize Awards each year. The hall features impressive colourful wall murals and a grand staircase where you can walk the same footsteps as some of recent history’s most celebrated figures.
After visiting city hall, head on down to the city centre where you will see most of the famous sites including the Oslo Royal Palace with its striking yellow facade, the Opera House, Oslo Courthouse and the National Theatre.
Then just a short walk away from the palace you will find a must see attraction- the National Gallery which houses many of Edvard Munch’s famous works including the world renowned ‘The Scream’. Other artists on display include Pierre Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet.
If you are visiting in spring or summer you can take a 2 hour boat tour which will take you around the city’s main sites and further afield to the Oslo Fjords and the surrounding islands. You can book boat tours as well as many other activities with Get Your Guide.
Depending on how much time you have in the city, you can also visit The Armed Forces Museum which features tanks, a WWII era ambulance, assault weapons and WWI era cannons. Then just a 10 minute walk from the museum is the 14th century Akershus Fortress which offers panoramic views of the city.
Travel tip: Many of the cities attractions including the Royal Palace and Akershus Fortress are closed during the winter months and begin to open again in early spring, so check before you travel.