If you're not here for the restaurant, the cafe, the bars or the live-music venues, it's still worth popping in for a poke around both the spectacular mash of contemporary and traditional architecture, along with installations by six Norwegian artists, including some surprising interventions by Hanne Friis and Vanessa Baird.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Oslo attractions

1. Parliament Building

0.12 MILES

Built in 1866, Norway's yellow-brick parliament building is one of Europe's more charming parliaments. If you find yourself really hooked on Norwegian…

2. vi, vii

0.18 MILES

An independent gallery with a good reputation for interesting shows from up-and-coming artists, housed in an interesting 1930s building.

3. Museet for Samtidskunst

0.19 MILES

The highly regarded National Museum of Contemporary Art is keeper of the National Gallery's collections of post-WWII Scandinavian and international art…

4. Rådhus

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This twin-towered town hall, completed in 1950 to commemorate Oslo's 900th anniversary, houses the city's political administration and is filled with mid…

5. Oslo Cathedral

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The highlights of a visit to Oslo Cathedral, which dates from 1697, are the elaborate stained-glass windows by Emanuel Vigeland (brother of Gustav) and…

6. Akershus Festning

0.27 MILES

When Oslo was named capital of Norway in 1299, King Håkon V ordered the construction of Akershus, strategically located on the eastern side of the harbour…

7. Norwegian Resistance Museum


Within the Akershus Fortress complex the Norwegian Resistance Museum stands adjacent to a memorial for resistance fighters executed on this spot during…

8. Akershus Slott

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In the 17th century Christian IV renovated Akershus Castle into a Renaissance palace, although the front remains decidedly medieval. In its dungeons you…