Bogstadgård Manor is an impressive, historic manor from the 18th century surrounded by well-kept English-style gardens (the first in Norway) and by the lake Bogstadvannet. This place is one of my favorites in Oslo because it combines what I like the most: it has beautiful historical architecture, it’s surrounded by forests, has a well-kept garden and a beach for the summer.
In the winter it looks like a fairy tale covered in snow and is especially appealing to go inside and grab a cup of coffee and eat freshly baked typical Norwegian ‘bolle’ in their cozy café. In addition, I always love to look at the many interesting history books about Oslo and Norway they have in their small museum shop.
The best way to come to Bogstadgård from the city center of Oslo is to take metro line 2 and get off at station Røa and continue with bus 41. On the way back, if you like a good stroll and some nature and want an alternative way back to the city center, it is worth it to walk from Bogstadgård along the lakeshore passing a golf course to the Lysakerelva (Lysaker river).
There you will find a beautiful path through the forest along the river, passing by waterfalls, dams, and many birds. It is an approximately 3 kilometer walk to the Metro Station Ekraveien that brings you back to the city center.