(Oslo, Ostlandet, Norway)
The Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott) has served many purposes over the years, being used by the military to protect the city and even as a prison. Today, the fortress is home to both the Norwegian Resistance Museum and also the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum.
The beaches around the city are always popular in the summer and offer the opportunity to sunbathe, swim and relax, away from busy city life.
Central Oslo is filled with a selection of shops, restaurants and hotels. During the summer months, eateries often move some of their tables outside, to take advantage of the sunshine.
The city contains a number of interesting sculptures and statues, which are scattered around the city centre.
Tourist trains run along the roads around the city centre and provide an enjoyable and inexpensive way for all the family to see some of the leading sights.
Located on the Oslo Fjord, the city harbour is central to city life and is surrounded by striking architecture, with highlights including the Town Hall, the Nobel Peace Centre and the Akershus Castle. The Aker Brygge pedestrian promenade is an excellent spot for an afternoon harbourfront stroll.
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump at the Tryvann Winter Park is the place to come for awesome city views.
The Karl Johans Gate is the city's main street and links the Royal Palace with the train station, being named after King Karl Johan (1763 to 1844).
Operating as the parliament building of the city, the Stortinget is known for its unique architecture, being rather dominated by its semicircular central section. When the local parliament is in session, visitors are able to watch the action from the public galleries.
Much of the harbourfront is rather dominated by the distinctive architecture of the Town Hall, with its clock face being a prominent focal point.
Recently voted as the city's 'structure of the century', the Town Hall features hourly chimes and is most famous for playing host to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
Housing the City Council and the City Administration, the Town Hall (Radhus) is also home to numerous gallery spaces and art studios.
Many elevated vantage points can be found around Oslo, offering superb views of the cityscape and beyond.