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Oslo for Families with Children

Vikings, Changing of the Guard at a real royal palace, and sculpture they can climb on
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

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 »

Tips:  Oslo Passes, available at tourist information centers and at hotels, include free transport on public buses, trams and boats, free... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Oslo Harbor

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

2. Akershus Slott (Akershus Fortress)

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.

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3. Café Christiania

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

4. Kongelige Slott & Slottsparken (Royal Palace and Park)

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

5. Historisk Museum (History Museum)

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.

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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