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Oslo is a rich and beautiful city with loads of fun activities to do. It is a famous tourist destination for its endless contrasting options that suits every kind of travellers of all age groups. People of different kinds come in this city to spend a wonderful vacation as they can spend a relaxing time in the beach or can go on a shopping spree in this district’s shopping district or they can party till dawn. They can also enjoy the beauty of nature and marvel at god’s creations as they hike through the lush green trails.
Oslo is a fast-growing city of Europe with tourists flooding in as people are starting to realize its beauty and the experience that it offers. With that being said, let us look at some of the districts of this beautiful city and help you decide where you can stay during your vacation at Oslo.
This is the historical centre of the city of Oslo. Being the district that is unofficially the city centre, you can find several hotels, hostels and cafes along with most of the major landmarks of the city. The best part of this district is although this neighbourhood is perfect for those who want to walk around and explore, you still have the option of using public transport to move around. With a central train station being located right in its heart, moving around is quite easy in this neighbourhood.
People often visit the Karl Johan Street to explore the shopping options of the city. This part of the district is filled with retail shops, luxury brand chains and beautiful boutiques selling personalized works. Needless to say, this district is any shopper’s and shopaholic’s heaven. Not only Karl Johan, but you can also visit places like Steen & Strom Paleet and Byporten if you want to shop more.
If you are a history buff, you would love a district like Sentrum for, in Oslo’s Sentrum borough, you have the historic Stortinget, which happens to be the Norwegian Parliament. With a dense population of government officials and travelling businessman, the district has an intense number of hotel chains and hostels. So, looking for accommodation will not be a problem here.
Enriched with culture, art and architecture, this trendy neighbourhood is filled with bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs. You can also spend time at the looking at the art galleries, open-air sculptures and street art around the Downtown Oslo.
Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen
History says that this neighbourhood once used to be the shipyard of this city. With time this district, what was once a dock, has transformed itself into a bustling busy neighbourhood with flowing crowd, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Being located close to the city centre along with an extensive waterfront makes this neighbourhood a great place to lounge, relax and party with your friends while enjoying a beer. You can go exploring, visit the islands or take a ferry.
Towards the west of Aker Brygge, you have Tjuvholmen. This part of the city is known for its modernised space and skyline. Filled with apartment buildings, office complexes, it is beautified with bridges and canals, with a beachfront being the silver lining. Quite like Aker Brygge, people visit this neighbourhood to spend a relaxing time. Art and culture are in full display in the vicinity as there are numerous galleries like the Astrup Fearnley Museet. Astrup Fearnley Museet is a one of kind private art museum in northern Europe. If you want to spend your leisure time, you can visit the Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park as well.
Accommodation will not be a problem here in Tjuvholmen, but it can be a bit expensive. With mostly luxurious stays being common in this area, staying here isn’t exactly what you would like to do if you are on a budget, but it is perfect if you want to spend your time in a high-end hotel during your vacation.
On the other hand, Aker Brygge can be on the affordable side of the budget in terms of hotels. With hotels prices mostly in the middle ranges, most tourists prefer to stay here because of its waterfront and vibrant lively energetic vibe, which creates a wonderful ambience to enjoy.
Along with its regular staying options, Aker Brygge is where tourists books rooms in boutique hotels and major international hotel chains. In this area, the hotels are quite close to the waterfront and thus offering excellent views.
Along with staying options, the added factor that pulls the crowd to Aker Brygge is its large number of seafood restaurants. Serving several kinds of fishes and dishes, Aker Brygge is quite famous as the restaurants offers fresh catch in every dish of theirs.
Not only seafood or waterfront, if you want to enjoy an urban lifestyle with a cosmopolitan touch, but you can also visit the exquisite cafes and beautiful boutiques that are present in the neighbourhood.
With nature flourishing and showing off its beauty in its full glory, Bygdoy’s location seems to be a paradox given that it is just ten minutes away from the city centre. In this district, you can find several important attractions of the city like the Kon Tiki Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the Museum of Cultural History and the Fram Museum.
Even though it is a neighbourhood with extensive natural beauty, this neighbourhood has a high number of museums and places for you to visit.
Being a neighbourhood filled with important landmarks, as many tourists visit Bygdoy the city has a nicely maintained transport system. You can travel to and from the neighbourhood by using the bus service or even taking ferry rides.
With a district filled with business travellers, Frogner is a pretty affordable neighbourhood that offers stays at reasonable prices. Located towards the northwestern side of Sentrum, Frogner is mostly a businessman’s district.
Even though there are hotels with reasonable pricing and hotels in the mid ranges, you can also look for accommodation in the three-star hotels that are available in the area. If you are looking for a traditional experience of stay in Oslo, you can look for homes that have transformed themselves into apartments, offering tourists a place to stay. There are many restaurants and pretty cafes available in the area, so food and dining won't bother you much, but rather you will have various options to choose from.
This part of the city has several green zones and parks for you to spend a beautiful afternoon in. One of the famous parks in this neighbourhood is Frogner Park, which also happens to be Europe’s one of the most important park as it is the largest sculpture park in the world making it an important landmark for its sculptures, artwork, aesthetic beauty and ambience. The city pays a great deal of attention in the beautification of these parks as this is where they hold outdoor concerts, annual programs, football matches and many gatherings. People often gather here to enjoy a lovely evening or gather in groups to have a picnic.
Being on the western side of the Majorstuen, the business class, rich and higher classes of the society live in this neighbourhood, which is why you will find large extensive real estate properties in this district. The neighbourhood is aesthetic and beautified as you can spot the well-maintained colour coordinated gardens, clean streets and large buildings that were restored from structures belonging to the 1800s.
On the eastern side of Oslo, you will come across this budget-friendly neighbourhood of the city. Beautified with modern, fresh and beautiful architecture, this district also boasts its green spaces like the botanical gardens and parks. Interestingly this botanical garden is kept by the University of Oslo.
People visit this part of the city especially during the summer, as tourists flood in to take part in the summer activities. During the warm season, you can find yourself taking part in the cultural activities and festivals that are organized here sat the botanical garden. Several other outdoor activities are organized during this season. Along with its lively ambience, the best part about this festival is how well maintained and organized they are, and the amount of effort the city gives to maintain order and keep the district clean.
Along with affordable staying options, this district also has several cafes, restaurants and local bars which too offer services at a reasonable price, thus making your stay here an engaging and entertaining one, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Gronland and Toyen
This part of the city is where immigrants and people coming from different countries live in. Likely so, once you step into this neighbourhood, you will feel that you have come to a different place altogether. It is so because of its residents and their culture, which has given a vibe to this district that is different from the rest of the city.
Being a locality where different cultures and ethnicity meets, this neighbourhood is a place filled with colours and energy, exhibiting a lively ambience that anybody will fall in love with. Being a locality with resi8dents being a mix of different communities, it has a wide variety of taste. Offering several cuisines at affordable prices, this neighbourhood is one such place you should visit for the food if not for anything.
Along with several cafes, restaurants and pubs, this district has numerous landmarks for you to visit. You can visit places like the Botanical garden and the Museum of Natural History and enjoy a wonderful time here.
Grunerlokka is the residential neighbourhood of Oslo. Known for its family-friendly environment and affordable price ranges, Grunerlokka is where you stay if you are visiting Oslo with your family. It is that part of the city that is holding on to its history, culture and traditions, making it a great place for you to explore.
Formerly this district was an industrial neighbourhood, but with the passage of time and tourists stepping in, this area took a different shape altogether. As time passed by, gradually residential complexes started rising up along with the hotels. To cater to the needs of the rise in the tourism industry in this district several cafes and resturant6s popped up as well.
This means that Grunerlokka is one such neighbourhood where you will enjoy a quality stay as well as have proper food to enjoy your holiday as this district is heavily structured around tourism. The best part about this district is that even with such facilities and vibe, this neighbourhood is quite budget-friendly and the acco0modations are within an affordable price range as well.
What was once a residential complex of working-class citizens has turned into a modern locality with a fresh look, as the old neighbourhood has renovated and modernised itself to make itself more comfortable to the tourists. With great hotels, hostels and apartments, Grunerlokka is perfect for your choice of stay during a family vacation as along with modernisation, it still shows off it's down to earth features of Norwegian culture.
If you are looking for places to visit and important landmarks to spend time in, GrunerlokkahHas plenty. You can spend a great afternoon in The Munch Museum at the Sofienberg neighbourhood. The botanical gardens that are kept by the The University of Oslo is also closeby. You can visit that green spot and spend a relaxing afternoon. You can also venture out to explore the city by yourself, especially the banks of the Akerselva River. Many tourists often go out hiking and take part in adventure trails here. With such a lovely ambience, Grunerlokka has become one of the best neighbourhoods for tourists to stay in Oslo.
Located on the eastern side of the Akerselva river, Grunerlokka or as locals call it- “Lokka”, is one trendy neighbourhood. The music shops, a large number of stylish cafes, vintage stores all add a chic vibe to the renovated neighbourhood.
If you travel to the northern side of Grunerlokka or “Lokka, you will come across a residential locality called Torshov. Although Torshov lacks important landmarks and historical sites to visit, its residential ambience with a large number of parks surely attracts several families as an option to stay as this neighbourhood has a safe and quiet ambience.
With several parks present in this neighbourhood, you can go out exploring and enjoy a relaxing evening on one of the gardens or parks.
If you want to have an eventful night, you can attend the parties at the pubs and clubs, or enjoy your time on the dance floor at Hva Skjer. You can also enjoy the kebabs at San Remo or enjoy the food at places like Nighthawk Diner.
Towards the western side of Oslo, you have a major district like Majorstuen, which is a fashionable shopping district of the city along with few residential complexes.
If you are looking for a luxurious stay during your vacation in a hip and trendy neighbourhood, Majorstuen is perfect for you in every way. Located towards the northern side of the Royal Palace, has several luxurious hotel chains for you to choose from. Although that being said, you won't find much of accommodation options here in this neighbourhood if you are on a budget.
With an active nightlife, this lively district is all about enjoying life and having fun. Filled with pubs, bars and dance clubs, you can catch a quite bite at the pretty cafes. You can also book a table at one of the fine-dining restaurants and have a lovely experience in style. It has all the features of a cosmopolitan capital and likely so, things are a bit expensive here as well.
Keeping all the expenses aside, Majorstuen is perfect for you to stay if you are travelling with your family, as it is a quiet and safe district. There are numerous activities for children and landmarks and places that children find interesting, like the International Museum of Children’s Art.
Being Oslo’s second most important public transport hub, commuting or travelling to and from Majorstuen will not be a problem. With several public transport facilities like the metro, tramways and several bus lines active in the neighbourhood, Majorstuen is well accessible district. This means that even if you want to enjoy the accommodation options of Majorstuen, you can travel to the other districts of the city and have a great time exploring.