The Best Parks in Oslo

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Vigeland Park

One of Oslo's most beautiful public parks, Vigeland Park contains the life's work of Gustav Vigeland, a famous Norwegian sculptor. More than 200 Vigeland masterpieces are on display, including the bronze "Sinnataggen" (Angry Boy) and "Monolitten," a 17-meter spire flanked by 121 commanding figures, all composed of a single piece of white granite. There is a visitor center, souvenir shop and a cafe.

Use T-BANE: Majorstuen; TRAM: 12 to Vigelandsparken.

TusenFryd Amusement Park

Copenhagen's Tivoli was the model for this amusement park. Filled with loop and corkscrew-style roller coasters, it also offers a waterpark, a 67-meter spaceshot, carousels, and more than 20 other rides. Restaurants, souvenir shops, an amphitheater, games, and entertainment are part of the appeal as well. Within the grounds is the educational theme park Vikinglandent. A bus runs between Oslo's main bus station and TusenFryd during opening hours.

Slottsparken

This castle park, which surrounds the Royal Palace, is open to the public. Visitors can witness the Changing of the Guard here. When the king is in residence, the Royal Guard band accompanies the change with music. An equestrian statue of King Karl Johan, who ruled Norway and Sweden during the first half of the 19th century, stands in front of the castle. Take the T-BANE to Nationaltheateret.

Botanisk Hage Gardens & Museum

These well-tended gardens are open year-round. They cover almost 40 acres and surround the university museum. See the scientific-oriented Systematic Garden, the Economic Garden with plants known for practical uses whether edible, medicinal, and fiber or dye-properties. Also see the Rock Garden, a miniature landscape of valleys, waterfalls, ridges and plants and The Palm House where plants from the desert and tropics are featured.

Located at the University of Oslo-Tøyen, Trondheimsveien 23b.

Tøyenbadet Water Park

This interesting water park is located in the eastern part of Oslo. It features a swimming hall and several open-air pools along with a waterslide and sauna. There even is an indoor climbing wall. Small children have their own pool. The outdoor pool is open year round. The park provides a dressing area and shower facilities. A small cafe serves refreshments. Located at Helgesensgate 90.