What to see low cost or free in Oslo, one of the most expensive cities in Norway and Northern Europe. Directions, clubs, exhibitions and museums to see the beautiful city of Oslo, without spending a fortune.
Oslo, like any self-respecting northern city, it has its own reason, its own charm. Maybe I'm biased because I love Nordic cities and towns, but in my opinion it's really worth visiting the Norwegian capital. The best time to visit, given the predominantly cold climate, is from May to September when the days are even longer; anyway any month can go well, at most you equip yourself with heavier clothes and jackets, for example I went in March and it went very well. Unfortunately Oslo boasts a not too nice record, that is the most expensive city in Europe, but don't worry, below you will find some things to see for free or in any case low cost.
In my opinion the most suggestive part of Oslo is that of the pier where you can take a quiet walk to Aker Brygge, the area of the old port Oslo, where today there are shops, restaurants, and night clubs (but be careful because here the prices are not exactly low cost) and the Astrup Fearnley modern art museum; the advice is to visit this part of the city at sunset, perhaps from the Akershus fortress which is right in front of Aker Brygge. At the pier there is also one of the main symbols of Oslo, namely the town hall, a structure that is not aesthetically attractive but still worth seeing because being in the center does not require too much effort to reach. A curiosity is that every ten years the Nobel Peace Prize right in the town hall.
The center is full of museums and attractions starting from Oslo Cathedral built in red bricks and green copper roof and with a semicircular arcade located in the market square. Continuing to reach the Parliament, a very beautiful and particular building in yellow bricks. Continue straight in front of the parliament along Karl Johans gate, where the Hard Rock Cafe is located, and you will arrive at the Royal Palace. The royal palace is surrounded by a park that is open every day, and if you are lucky you can even witness the changing of the guard.
If you are a lover of art, you certainly cannot miss the National Gallery, also located in the center, admission is free on Sundays while the other days it costs 50 NOK (about € 6). Inside you can admire works by Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and the famous work by Munch "The Scream".
Moving from the center I recommend a visit to the peninsula of Bygdøy reachable either by ferry from Aker Brygge (15 minutes) or by bus from the center. It is a very nice and quiet residential area where you can go for walks in nature or enjoy a little relaxation on Huk beach. This peninsula is also called the "museum peninsula" as it has five of them including that of the Vikings, which can be an excellent alternative in case of rain.
Another attraction outside the center that is absolutely worth a visit is the Vigeland Park o Parco delle Sculture because it hosts 200 sculptures by the homonymous artist. The sculptures are absolutely fascinating and will blow your mind.