Even though the city of Oslo is one of the world’s most northern capital cities, this Norwegian settlement receives plenty of sunshine and warmth during the summer months, making it perfect for travellers to visit during this time. Oslo is an amazing city, especially when it comes to history and culture.
An Oslo city centre hotel can easily be found in the heart of the capital and close to plenty of outstanding sites. However, there are also numerous activities that visitors will find much to their liking, whether they prefer entertainment or relaxation.
Tourists have a range of activities that they could partake in while visiting Oslo’s downtown area. For entertainment purposes, visitors need to travel a few kilometres north of the heart of Oslo, where they will find the Ulleval Stadium. No, the stadium is not that exciting, but what happens inside will surely entertain any visitor to the city. The Valerenga football side plays in the Norwegian premier league football competition, and uses the stadium on a regular basis. Also, when Norway play international matches of any kind, they usually use this stadium.
In addition to football, tourists can be entertained at night with the vast amount of clubs and pubs located in the streets of Oslo. Live music is a great way to enjoy the nightlife, and plenty of pubs offer this. Don’t forget, Norway has some of the best DJ’s in the world. Many clubs offer DJ music too.
Be entertained in one of the theatres located in downtown Oslo. The busiest theatre in the city is the National Theatre, which is housed in a stunning historical structure. In addition, the Norway Theatre and Opera House also cater for thousands of people a year, hosting numerous shows across the Oslo calendar.
Festivals, especially music festivals, are held in the city during the year. Some of the more popular festivals that can be found in Oslo include the Oslo Live rock music event, Oslo World Music Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, and Oyafestivalen, which is otherwise known as Oya.
Entertainment may be important, but relaxing is also a big part of the tourist scene in Oslo. There are plenty of ways to relax while travelling in Oslo’s city centre, which is important after a few days of hectic sightseeing. There are plenty of relaxing parks located throughout Oslo, but none have the character and beauty of those found in the central districts of the city. Frogen Park is the largest park, welcoming huge crowds during the summer weekends. In addition, there is a sculpture park located within Frogen Park, named after the collections of Gustav Vigeland. St. Hanshaugen is a park located on the central hill and Oslo, and the Royal Palace’s Slottsparken is worthy of mention too.
Swimming pools provide the best way to relax in Oslo. It is recommended that the outdoor pools be left alone during the winter time, but there are a lot of indoor pools to choose from.
A great way for the active traveller to relax is by taking a bike rental around the city centre. For only a small fee, visitors can rent push bikes at one of the many bike corners in Oslo. For three hours, tourists can bike throughout the centre of town, witnessing some amazing sites, or simply keeping an eye out for cultural activities. Some biking tours of the city are available also.
Dining and shopping area the other options for relaxing in Oslo. The Karl Johan Gate area is a perfect spot for both, as is the Torggata district. Several shopping centres, like the Akergate Shopping Centre, are open for business everyday, attracting thousands each week.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Oslo City Centre Hotel content.