City Centre Hotels
Curving around the head of Oslo Fjord's sparkling waters, surrounded thickly forested ridges, this compact, beautiful city is one of Europe's oldest capitals - a relatively small city with a population of around half a million. It adheres to a grid system, its compact streets laid out behind the fortifications of the Akershus Castle, so it's almost impossible to get lost while walking around it.
The best place to start a walking tour of Oslo is probably Karl Johans Gate, the city's main boulevard, which stretches from the central railway station to the Royal Palace. It is pedestrianised for six blocks and the beautiful old town houses that line one side of it are crammed with brand name shops, while the lovely Studenterlunden Park lies on the other. It is also one of the few major thoroughfares in the world where the pavement is heated to prevent ice or snow from accumulating - testimony to the Norweigians' disarming unwillingness to let severe winters stop them enjoying themselves.