Reason to Visit Oslo

Oslo also known as the ‘Tiger City’ is Norway’s capital and its most populous city. Characterized by its Norwegian culture this city thrives on monumental architecture, diverse community of people and the history of Norwegian Vikings can be felt in every corner of the city.

Oslo is ranked as one of the most popular tourist destination of all times, but why is Oslo a must-go destination? Here are 11 tempting reasons to pack your bags and visit Oslo!

1. Diverse Architecture:

Oslo’s architecture is diverse; from Norwegian to German influences this city has buildings reflecting the past and history of the city itself. Many famous architects like Carl Frederik Stanley  have worked and designed buildings in Oslo that are still considered as marvels in modern and neo-classical architecture. Looking at a typical city block in Oslo, It shows us a perfect combination of modern and classic architecture.

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2. A Global City:

Oslo is ranked as a “Beta World City” as it is one of the most globalized cities in Europe. This essentially means Oslo is a center of economic trade and industry. Some people do say that Oslo being a globalized city makes it expensive but the truth is that it provides a great and clean environment as it is ranked number one in terms of quality of life. Hence it being a global city does make it a little expensive when compared to other cities but the quality of life in Oslo is unlike anything you have ever witnessed before.

3. Cultural Attractions:

Oslo has a large number of culture attractions and that too from various cultures which make the city unique. Starting from its historical buildings to certain festivals, the culture of Oslo is something that everyone needs to experience. Many famous writers, architects, and musicians have either lived or born in Oslo and together with the literature and architect combine to form a culture that is purely unique.

 4. Museums and Galleries:

Art carries a lot of significance in Oslo, not just in the present age but Oslo’s history is built upon art. There are more than fifty art museums in Oslo. The most popular ones include the Oslo City Museum, The Viking Ship Museum, and The Vigeland Museum.  The Vigeland museum which is located in a park contains sculptures made by the Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. You just cannot miss going to all of the museums above as every single museum is different and provides a new perspective.

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5. Music in the City:

Music, in general, is loved by the people of this city as many music festivals are held around the year in Oslo. The Oslo Jazz festival is one such festival that is important in the sense that it is being held in the city for twenty-five years and plays a huge influence among jazz artists and musicians from all over the world. Similar festivals like The Oslo World Music and Oslo Rock festival gives makes the city a compelling case for music lovers.

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6. Theatre and Opera:

Theatre is a form of art that is immensely appreciated by the people of this city as it can been seen that there are numerous world famous theaters present in the vicinity, the most popular one known as the National Theatre. The National Theatre being one of the largest theaters in the Norway provides theater in the form of musicals comprised of actors, singers, and dancers.

Oslo is also home to a number of opera houses; make sure you spend an evening in one of the most popular opera house in the world, Oslo Opera House. It truly is an experience that will change your perception about opera itself!

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7. The City of Literature:

Literary giants such as Henrik Ibsen and Sigrid Undset who is a Nobel Prize-winning author lived in the cold city of Oslo. If you by any chance are interested in literature or maybe you are a writer, this city might just be the perfect environment to inspire the writer in you. Many other influential works have been written in Oslo and the tradition still continues.

8. Sports:

The people of this city love sports! It can be seen from their immense interest in football and various other sports that people are sports fanatics especially when it comes to football. Their main football club Lyn Oslo is always supported by the crowd whether they are winning or losing. Several other sports are also popular among the people including ice hockey and handball.

 9. Akershus Castle:

A medieval castle situated in the heart of Oslo was recently made open to public viewing. This castle really is one of the most amazing historical buildings in the Norway. Inside Akershus Castle, we will see that an entire new world exists, having an art gallery, a museum, and its location delivers an experience that is exclusive to Oslo and its culture.

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10. Parks and Recreation:

The color green is given importance in every part of the city. As Oslo have a large number of Parks and sites for recreation. Parks such as Frogner Park, Toyen Park, and Bygdoy are famous among the residents. In short, if you are tired of the fast life of Oslo take a break and visit some of the most beautiful parks in the country.

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11. Nightlife in Oslo:

Are you a Night Owl just like me? Perfect! Nights in Oslo are simply mesmerizing. From Cafes to pubs and nightclubs this city has everything. Imagine spending the evening in an opera house and then having a few beers in a local pub! There are literally countless fun ways to spend the night in Oslo!


Don’t forget the amazing skyline of the city; it even looks better at night!

I know, I know it’s the 11th one and I won’t tell more reasons. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and visit Oslo!