Welcome to Oslo – a city bursting with life and cultural impulses. Oslo is not only the capital of Norway and the largest city in the country, but also a city with a long and withstanding history. The city was founded around the year 1049 by the Viking king Harald Hardråde and has since this time been considered a cultural city. In 1299 under the reign of king Haakon V the city was made the capital of Norway. King Haakon V was the first king to permanently reside in Oslo, and also the king responsible for initiating the construction of the famous fortress Akershus Festning.
In 1624 after a three day long devastating fire, the Danish king Christian IV ordered the reconstruction of the city, naming it Kristiania after himself. This remained the name of the capital for 300 years until the Parliament decided to reinstate the Norse name of Oslo in 1924. King Christian IV was also responsible for instating a law saying that houses had to be built in brick and stone to prevent another devastating fire similar to the one in 1624. This law is in part responsible for the many beautiful, old brick and stone buildings that can be found throughout the city.
The cultural development, as well as social changes, started for real to blossom during the 19th century with the building of many known and treasured landmarks. Architectural monuments, such as the Royal Castle, the University buildings, the City Council buildings and the National theater. These monuments all bear witness for what was important of the time; Democracy, knowledge and culture.
Oslo has through all its time been a home for many known and remarkable persons. People with great artistic and cultural status, such as Henrik Ibsen, Christian Khrog, Edvard Munch, Sonia Henie, Johan Borgen, Grete Waitz, Sigrid Undset and Gustav Vigeland have all lived here.
Today the capital is a city blossoming with history, diversity and cultural promise. Here at Best Western Kampen Hotell we take great pride in our city’s long history, and wish to give our guests the best impressions and experiences as possible while visiting Oslo. If you have any enquiries or questions regarding what to see and where to go, please ask one of our exceptional receptionists for help and guidance.
Complete information regarding Oslo for tourists visiting Oslo.
The best tips for sightseeing while you are visiting Oslo.
An overview of the different events arranged in Oslo at any time.
Museums and attractions
An overview over the museums and attractions you can visit while visiting our city.
Do you wish to experience more than just sightseeing while in Oslo? Take a look at the different activities you can engage in while here.
This is the national newspaper Aftenposten’s special Oslo website. Here you can read information about what is going on in Oslo. Everything from guides to current events and news.
Osloby’s restaurant guide is maybe the most relied upon restaurant guide for people in Oslo.
Here you will find restaurants in all price ranges and interests.
This website is connected to all the different cinema halls in Oslo. Here you will find programs and tickets. You can even buy the tickets here.
Buy tickets for events on Billettservice’s homepage.
This is happening in Oslo – Overview of concerts
An excellent overview of the concerts held in Oslo at any time.
Oslo Airport Gardermoen
The best way to travel within the city is by public transportation. On Reuter’s website you will find all the information you need about tickets, stops and departure/arrival times. Another good tips for people visiting Oslo is to download the two Ruter Apps: RuterReise which tells you how to travel, where the closest stop to your exact location is and the smartest route to travel. RuterBillett: With this app you can buy and keep tickets.
Here you will find all the information you might need regarding the OsloPass.