Overview : Begin with watching the boats come and go at the harbor, and taking a ride on one before visiting a castle and a royal palace where a ... more »
Begin with watching the boats come and go at the harbor, and taking a ride on one before visiting a castle and a royal palace where a ... more »real princess lives, perhaps following a military band as it parades through the streets between the two. Learn more about Vikings and visit mummies in a museum, then wander through a park filled with unusual statues that kids can climb on.
Oslo is a very family-friendly city, not surprising when you consider that Norwegians take their own children almost everywhere. Children will find plenty of playmates wherever they go, and will be welcome in cafes and most restaurants. This tour helps the whole family to sample just a few of the variety of experiences that make the city so much fun to visit. less «
Oslo Passes, available at tourist information centers and at hotels, include free transport on public buses, trams and boats, free... more » admission to many museums, discounts to others, and special rates and offers on dining and entertainment. A 24-hour pass is NOK 270 (children 4-14 NOK 120), 48 hours is NOK 395 (145) and 72 hours is NOK 495 (190).
Single tranport fares are NOK 30 when bought in advance from a machine or NOK 50 bought on board a bus, tram or boat.
Tram line 12 passes Akershus Fortress, the harbor and Vigeland Park, an alternative to walking the long distance to the sculpture park, and a good way to return to the harbor after finishing the tour.
Another good place to go with children is the Norsk Folk Museum, but the museum's limited midday hours make it difficult to combine with attractions closer to the city center. less «
Oslo’s busy harbor on Oslofjord is in the heart of the city. In fact, for many it is the city’s heart, located right behind City Hall with shopping, cafes, restaurants, nightlife and steady traffic of boats coming and going. Some of the city’s premier sights overlook the fjord, and one way to get a good overview of Oslo is to take a sightseeing... More cruise or hop onto a shuttle to one of its many islands.
Go to the harbor in the morning (except on Sunday) to find fishing boats pulled up at Rådhusbrygge 3, selling boiled shrimp that were caught only a few hours before, a favorite snack for local residents and visitors alike. But at any time of day or evening, the dock area is lively and filled with plenty of spots for a snack or a light meal.
Year-round hop-on-hop-off service in the harbor is included with the 72 hour Oslo Pass
Phone: +47 23 35 68 90Less
Begun by King Håkon V at the end of the 13th century, the castle was fortified at the close of the 16th century and soon after modified in Renaissance style as a royal residence for King Christian IV. Its strategic location above the fjord with views of all approaches gave it a defensive advantage that helped it survive attacks and sieges.
... More Guided tours of the fortress are offered in the summer, some of them with special themes, such as its remaining original Medieval features, its art works, and even one highlighting its ghostly legends. General tours include the reception rooms and banquet halls, as well as the royal tombs. The outdoor areas are open to visitors without a tour, and in good weather there is an open-air café beside Karpedammen pond that serves light meals, drinks and snacks.
In the summer, the royal military band and mounted officers leave the castle at 1:10pm daily to
lead the palace guards through Kirkegaten to Karl Johans Gate and the Royal Palace, where the Changing of the Guard begins at 1:30 pm. Following the parade through Oslo is a treat for children, even if they don’t stay to watch the whole ceremony that follows.
Adults: 70 Kr
Children: 30 Kr
Seniors: 50 Kr
Grounds open daily 6am—9pm
Address: Akershus Festning
Phone: +47 23 09 39 17Less
A century of history shows in Café Christiania’s cozy interior, making this central meeting spot an attraction as well as a good stop for lunch or a pick-me-up.
Especially popular is the After-Shopping lunch, served 11am to 4pm, a three-tiered tray of salami, shrimp, cheese, Cæsar salad, a small burger and French fries, with olives... More and tomatoes. The traditional English-style Afternoon Tea is served from noon until 4pm, featuring finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and the cafe's own cakes. A full menu of entrees and light dishes is served at lunch and dinner.
Nedre Vollgt. 19
Phone: +47 22 01 05 10Less
The Royal Palace and its park are in the center of Oslo’s downtown area, providing a beautiful public green space where locals stroll and bring their children to play.
While palace tours might not interest some children, this one is irresistible, since they will see rooms where a real-life princess lives--9-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra.... More The heir to Norway’s throne, second in line after her father, Crown Prince Haakon, the princess lives here with her parents and her grandparents, King Harald and Queen Sonja. Girls might be pleased to learn that the princess will inherit the throne despite the fact that she has a younger brother, Prince Sverre.
Tours of the Royal Palace, designed by architect Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow and completed in 1849, begin every 20 minutes and last about an hour. Visitors see the Mirror Hall, Family Dining Room, Banqueting Hall, Great Hall, Palace Chapel, Council Chamber and several other beautifully appointed state rooms. Although the palace is open to tours only in the summer, the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place daily, year-round, at 1:30pm in front of the palace.
Adults: NOK 95
Over age 65, seniors and students: NOK 85
Children under age 3: free
Tour Hours (by reservation or by chance at entrance):
July—August 15 (except July 4), every 20 minutes
Guided tours in English:
Monday—Thursday and Saturday: noon, 2pm, 2:20pm
Friday and Sunday: 2pm, 2:20pm and 4pm
Phone: +47 22 04 88 20
Ticket reservations: +47 81 53 31 33Less
This stop is for children who are fascinated by the Vikings. The Norwegian Antiquity exhibits follow inhabitants of the region through more than 10,000 years, from the Early Stone Age through the Bronze and Iron ages and into the Viking era, with well-presented exhibits and artifacts, including the only complete Viking helmet ever found.
Although... More they have nothing to do with Norway, the museum’s Egyptian collections are also outstanding, highlighted by four mummy cases displayed in a setting that evokes an Egyptian burial chamber. The oldest mummy cases date from 1069 BC to 945 BC, during the time of the Pharaohs, and the later ones reflect the later artistic decoration of hieroglyphics and religious symbols. Among other regions, the ethnographic exhibits show the lives of the local Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. The museum shop is worth browsing for reproductions of Viking and other jewelry and books for all ages.
Adults: NOK 50
Students and seniors: NOK 25
Children under 16: Free
Tuesday—Sunday 11am –4pm
Frederiks Gate 2
Phone: +47 22 85 99 12Less
Vigeland Park features the sculptures of one man, Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who lived from 1869 until 1943. The 212 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron are almost entirely human figures, usually intertwined in some way.
The largest and best known are the fountain and the monolith, which crowns the summit of the park. This... More intricately sculpted pillar, rising to a height of nearly 60 feet, is formed of 121 intertwined figures supporting each other. It is carved from a single piece of granite.
The Fountain consists of 20 groups of trees, beneath which man is shown at all stages of life; the bronze reliefs that surround the pool reflect mankind’s life cycle. Whatever the allegories shown or intended by the sculptures, they fascinate visitors of all ages, especially children. Unlike most works of art, these are not only touchable, but children can climb all over them – which they do. The museum, which explores not only these but other of Vigeland’s work, contains his original plaster models for the bronze and granite sculptures in the park.
Stop in the museum shop for a copy of QlturRebus, an activity booklet that encourages children to think about the sculptures, with space for their own drawings.
Next to Vigeland Sculpture Park, Frognerbadet is a heated outdoor swimming pool with a water slide and children's pools, along with changing and locker rooms and a café.
Note: You may want to take a taxi or tram 12 to avoid the long walk to Vigeland Park.
Adults: NOK 50
Students, children, age 67 and over, NOK 25
Children under 7: free
Park open daily, 24 hours
Nobels gata 32
Phone: +47 23 49 37 00Less