Oslo is built in the Oslofjord and is surrounded by forests. 

It is a city that reminds almost nothing of the rest of the European capitals, not because they are better than Oslo, but perhaps because it looks too good to be true. It is a small city with a perfect public transport system. It is a clean city, where recycling is mandatory, while it is the first capital in the world in the use of electric cars. People here are very friendly and smiling despite the often dull weather.

Oslo, however, is also known as one of the most expensive cities in the world. The truth is that it is the most expensive city I've ever visited, especially when lunch time comes. But this should not prevent anyone from visiting the beautiful capital of Norway. One more reason is that there are so many things you can do in Oslo, which are completely free.


Vigeland Park is located in the city center and is the largest sculpture park in the world, made by a single artist. Gustav Vigeland, who also gave his name to the park, created more than 200 sculptures of granite, copper and iron and placed them in the park he also designed himself. The most important of the sculptures is Monolith, located at the highest point of the park, symbolizing the circle of life.

Karl Johans Gate

Karl Johans Gate, is the main street in central Oslo leading from the railway station to the Royal Palace. It is a beautiful street always full of people, with many shops, restaurants and cafes. Around this street, there are many of the city's major attractions, such as the Cathedral, the National Theater and the Ice Rink.

Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is one of the most expensive areas of the city with good restaurants and bars, expensive shops, trendy apartments and fine boats. I can not think of a better way to spend a sunny day in Oslo from a walk in Aker Brygge. It is also the best place in the city to watch, the spectacular sunrise or the sunset.

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Castle is located in the city center, opposite the harbor and Aker Brygge and is the perfect place to walk around and explore the history of the city. It is a medieval fortress built in 1290 and renovated in 1899. The view from this point on the Oslofjord is beautiful.


One of my favorite places in Oslo, Ekebergparken is a beautiful park in a great location, which offers you a panoramic view of Oslo and its fjord. In many places within the park there are "hidden" sculptures and works of art.


The Oslo Opera House is the landmark of the city. Made of Italian marble and glass, it looks like it emerges from the sea, it is one of the most impressive buildings of modern architecture I have ever visited. Entrance to its beautiful interior, as well as to the roof with magnificent views, is also free.

Oslo Town Hall

In case you want more art from free apart from the parks I have already mentioned, without visiting a museum, a visit in Town Hall is also a good and inexpensive idea. The entrance of the Town Hall is an art gallery in which there are paintings, sculptures and photographs by Norwegian artists.


Lake Sognsvann is about a 20-minute metro ride from Oslo city center. It is surrounded by a huge green forest and is a place that is beautiful all year round and is a very popular destination for city residents who go there for picnics, fishing or swimming, while in winter the lake freezes, turn it into a natural ice rink.

Royal Palace Park

The Royal Palace is one of the most important sights of the city of Oslo. Entrance to the palace is not free, but you can admire it from the outside, while strolling around the huge and majestic park of the palace with its beautiful statues and royal lakes. If you are there at noon, you can see the change of guard that is done daily at 1:30 pm.

Oslo Bymuseum

The City Museum has free entrance and free audio guides. Here you can learn about city’ s history from the 12th century to today, through pictures, videos, paintings and models.

Daphne Giannouli

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