Norway Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan   Finding Your Way Around Oslo


Oslo's most readily-recognizable landmark is the City Hall on the harbor—you've probably already seen it numerous times in photos and films of the city. This is where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually.

Next landmark is the Royal Palace, on a hill at the western end of Karl Johans Gate, the city's most famous street, laid out by the king of that name when he built the palace.

At the other end of Karl Johans Gate is Oslo Sentralstasjon, the main train station and, with the Bussterminalen across the street and the Jernbanetorget tram stops in front, Oslo's transportation center. City buses and trams, the Metro, intercity and international buses and trains, and buses and trains to the city's three airports all arrive and depart here.

Oslo Harbor, in front of City Hall, appears in most photos of the city. With the City Hall at its center, one side is occupied by the Aker castle/fortress, and the opposite side by Aker Brygge, a redeveloped waterfront neighborhood known for its sidewalk cafés, restaurants, shops, and up-market apartments.

The newest landmark on the city's face is the futuristic Opera House, on the harbor a short distance from Oslo Sentralstasjon:

Opera House, Oslo, Norway

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City Hall, Oslo, Norway
The two towers of City Hall are Oslo's most recognizable landmark.