What to see in Oslo in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Are you looking for a city that offers you art, design, relaxation and nightlife? Oslo is the city for you. Surrounded by Scandinavian forests, Oslo is one of the main cities of northern Europe and today it gathers about 12% of the population of the whole Norway. Founded (according to legend) in 1048 by King Harald Hardrade, still today it preserves traces of medieval history and beyond. Small gem: it seems that Christian funerary finds dating back to around the year 1000 have been discovered recently, which could also anticipate the birth of Oslo and make us understand that perhaps we should delve into the history of Northern Europe.

Destroyed in 1624 by a fire and rebuilt near the bay, Oslo today retains the ancient charm that has distinguished it over the centuries with its buildings of indisputable artistic charm. For a trip out of town or a trip that includes various itineraries in Northern Europe, dedicate 24 hours to discover Oslo with our itinerary.


  1. One day itinerary in Oslo: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Oslo: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Oslo: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Oslo: Morning

1 - Akersush Castle

The trip to Oslo starts from Bergen railway, right in the center of the city. After leaving the station, have breakfast at Cafe Cathedral. The restaurant responds to different price ranges, but which guarantees you a fairly cheap breakfast (about € 5,00). From here you can walk on Dronningens gate until you reach the Akershus Castle. Built on the promontory overlooking the Oslo Fjord, this fortress is one of the symbols of the city. Its construction dates back to the end of the th century, during the reign of Hakon V. In 1699 the Castle underwent a transformation, passing from a fortress to a Renaissance palace at the behest of Christian IV. Today in the castle park all kinds of cultural events are organized, while inside you can visit the Norwegian Resistance Museum and the Armed Forces Museum.

2 - Oslo City Hall, Karl Johnas Gate and Oslo National Gallery

Take tram no. 12 until you reach the Oslo City Hall. It is a very important place for the city and beyond, since the Nobel Prize. Entering this splendid building you will be able to admire its Hall, full of frescoes and mosaics. A real surprise in such a "modern" city and building. At this point, walk on Rosenkrantz gate, which will lead you to Karl Johans Gate, the most important street of Oslo, which will lead you back to Central Station. From here a few blocks will take you to the National Gallery in Oslo. It is certainly one of the most popular places for tourists, but also one of the most important in the city. Here you can admire the largest collection of Norwegian art from the th century to the Second World War. Among the works present here we point out those of Munch, among which there is also an alternative version of the famous "Scream", as well as paintings by Picasso, Monet and Matisse.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,1 km / 39 min
  • places visited: Akershus Castle (approximately € 7,40), Oslo City Hall (free), Karl Johans Gate (free), Oslo National Gallery (approximately € 5,50)
  • 2 hour walking tour
  • where to have breakfast: Cafe Cathedral, Dronningens gate 27

One day itinerary in Oslo: Afternoon

1 - Oslo Cathedral

To set off towards your afternoon in Oslo, take the bus to Stortovet, where you will find the Oslo Cathedral. Consecrated in 1697, the Church of Our Savior it is a real spectacle thanks to its stained glass windows, the work of Emanuel Vigeland. Inside you will find a false ceiling decorated with scenes from the Old and New Testament and an altarpiece from 1748 representing scenes from the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. This Cathedral, however, is not only a place of worship, but also of culture: in fact, concerts are also very often held here. Leaving the Church of Our Savior, take some time for lunch: we recommend the Bacchus, a restaurant a stone's throw from the Oslo Cathedral. The restaurant offers European and Scandinavian cuisine also with gluten free and vegan proposals. The price is expensive but in line with those of the other places in the city (about € 20,00)

2- Botanical Gardens, Munch Museum, Medieval Ruins and Barcode

Take tram no. 17 to Lakkegata Skole. From here a few steps away you will find the Oslo Botanical Gardens. Here you can take a nice walk among meadows, tropical plants and flowers of all kinds. A stone's throw from stands the Munch Museum, which collects the works of the famous painter. Now take tram no. 18 or 19 to St. Halvards Plass, where you will be able to see some medieval ruins and, continuing on Dyvekes vei to the west and then on Bispegata, the Barcode. This is the modern district of the city, made up of skyscrapers and modern buildings that look just like a bar code.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 6 min
  • places visited: Cathedral (free), Munch Museum (€ 5,50 approximately), Medieval ruins (free), Barcode (free)
  • where to have lunch: Bacchus, Dronningens Gate 27

One day itinerary in Oslo: Evening

Along the Dronning Eufemias Gate, you can dine in one of the many places on either side of the road. We recommend the Vaaghals, which offers you a very special dinner, specially designed to be shared (about € 85,00). From here continue until you cross the Bjorvika area. Overlooking the pier towards the Opera House, a very special sculpture awaits you: the installation called She Lies, which reproduces an iceberg in the middle of the fjord. Made of glass, this original sculpture spins on itself, moving with the tide, just as if it were a real iceberg. Designed by the architect Monica Boncivini, it is the right made in Italy conclusion for your evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 600 m / 7 min
  • places visited: She Lies (free)
  • Panoramic cruise in the fjords
  • where to dine: Vaaghals, Dronning Eufemias Gate 8

Before leaving: useful tips

Before leaving for Oslo, take a few minutes to read these useful tips for your stay, even if it is short-lived.

  • Oslo is served by two airports: theOslo Gardermoen, about 50 km from the city, andOslo Moss Rygge, which is about 70.
  • It is possible to buy the Oslo Pass, which will allow you to enter with discounted prices (or even free) to attractions, museums and even shops and restaurants.
  • The app is also very useful Ruter, which will allow you to individually purchase tickets for public transport in the city.
  • If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers for a hotel stay

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Oslo may be "small" from an artistic point of view, but the distances are certainly not if you plan to spend only one day in Oslo. For this reason some attractions have necessarily been left aside.

  1. Polar Fram Ship Museum: this museum, dedicated to Viking ships, is too far from the rest of the proposed itinerary.
  2. Opera House: it is a place that can only be visited through a guided tour with the Oslo Pass
  3. Nors Folke Museum: this open-air museum dedicated to Norwegian folklore is too far away to be visited in one day

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