About Oslo

Metropolitan Oslo

The capital of Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. International media is constantly writing about Oslo’s innovative architecture, museums, and neighbourhoods, as well as everything that moves on the food, fashion, art, and music scenes.

Over the last few years, several new quarters have been established in the city centre, with exciting new activities and attractions. The high-rise buildings in Barcode and captivating landmarks likthe Opera House and the Astrup Fearnley museum, Munch Museum and the new National Museum are changing the face of the city.

A green capital

Oslo is a green city and was awarded the prestigious title European Green Capital in 2019. More than half of the municipality of Oslo is covered by forests and parks, and the fjord extends all the way to the city centre. The centre itself is becoming increasingly car-free and easy to explore on foot or by bike. An efficient public transport system makes the rest of the city easily accessible.

Discover Oslo’s neighbourhoods
A lot has changed in the last couple of years just a few metres east of the city centre. Not to long ago Bjørvika was know for its busy container port and a major highway junction. Now, the motorway has been moved underground, the containers vanished, the waterfront has been opened up and new life is blowing through the area by the fjord.
If you are interested in architecture, Bjørvika is a treasure trove ready to be discovered. The withe Opera house, the narrow building of the Barcode ensamble and the quirky angles of Akrobaten bridge have become popular photography spots for locals and visitors. In Barcode you can find high-end shops, art galleries and restaurants.
Across the street and towards the fjord, lies the new Much Museum and the Oslobukta neighbourhood. Read more about Bjørvika here.

Bustling atmosphere in Oslo’s former workers’ district.

Its charming shopping streets, cosy cafés and exciting eateries make Grünerløkka a warm and lively district. After going shopping at Grünerløkka’s numerous design boutiques, vintage shops and flea markets, enjoy a picknick in one of its many parks or eat dinner underneath string lights.

In this district’s streets, skateboards and prams coexist peacefully and it’s a good idea to explore Grünerløkka on foot. The Akerselva river constitutes the western border of Grünerløkka. Walking along the riverside path through parks, past the Mathallen foodcourt and through the counterculture centre at Blå gives you an exciting insight into the area’s industrial history.

North of Grünerløkka is the Torshov district. Torshov’s restaurant scene is constantly innovating and it is home to Soria Moria and Det Andre Teatret – two venues for alternative theatre and music as well as Oslo’s impro-theatre scene.

Explore Oslo’s boroughs