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Oslo - Vigeland Park - A statue of a man fighting babies - e.k. photo

"Of course, compared to Bergen, Oslo isn’t really such a memorable experience. Still, not a bad place. Clean, colorful, and lots of green space. Architecturally, the modern and the old are in the right proportions. The modern buildings are the most spectacular in the seafront promenade area. I really liked the outside of the Opera House and the City Council building from the inside. Stretching from the railway station to the Royal Palace, Karl Johans Gate (the main street) is very cozy in the late afternoon, with a lot of calm yet busy Norwegians. We ended up in two of the many museums: the Viking Ship Museum and the open-air Museum of Folk Art. You should also definitely go to Vigeland Park. It’s ace! In fact, it is also a museum, but a very unique one, featuring the many outdoor sculptures created by sculptor Gustav Vigeland. You don’t even need a ticket, as this is a public park.

Our hotel, called the Vulkan Hotel, was located in a laid-back part of the city. We were happy to walk the 20 minutes into the center. The air in Oslo is also good.

The locals seem friendly and satisfied. The city easily deserves two full days. The downside is that eating out is horrendously expensive.” (2017)

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“The first things that caught my eye were the prices: think of the most extortionate price for a particular product you've ever seen at home and multiply it by two 😀 Yes. That’s how much things cost.

Oslo is architecturally outstanding if you love contemporary buildings.
One of the activities I recommend is the fjord cruise (about 2 hours), which is obviously not as spectacular as in the countryside, but you can still see beautiful landscapes. Still, if you’re someone who has a bit more money/time, Norway in a nutshell tour is probably more exciting.
Of the museums, the Fram was my favorite. It can be good with a child because it is interactive, and it's quite spectacular (has anyone else experienced the icy-zombie cabin?), And the Viking ships are also cool.
Public transport is pretty good, but many times it takes the same amount of time to get to the city center by bus as on foot, so if you can keep up the pace it's not worth buying a day ticket.
Overall, I loved this city! The locals are laid-back and polite, they speak good English. There are some weird things (e.g. everyone is happy to walk across the road on a red light, no one cares if a car is coming, even though there are two red lights under each zebra crossing – if anyone can explain, please write!), but overall it was positive, and I got the urge to explore other landscapes of this beautiful country💕 (s.m., 2019)

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“I was expecting a lot of boat traffic in the Oslo Fjord, but unfortunately I only saw ferries. I stop at a lookout point where amateur ornithologists peek at the sex lives of the birds that inhabit this shallow estuary. I sit down among these voyeurs as I plan my Oslo program. I fall asleep among the birdwatchers. For safety, I take an umbrella and a raincoat with me as I head for the bus and Oslo. I go to the new opera house first, since today is an open day. Then I just roam for pleasure, and the sun is already shining when I reach Akerhus Fortress, next to which a ship of the same size sits at anchor. Then I mingle with the port traffic on the Aker Brigge and the crowds of pedestrians in Oslo. Finally, I walk down the main street, all the way from the royal palace to the station."


Practicals

Transport


The discipline of local public transport in Oslo is exemplary. In 2019, no one died in a road accident while walking or cycling. There was only one fatal accident when someone lost his life while driving into a fence with his car.

Fun

Oslo is the world’s most expensive city to buy a beer: 0.5-liter draught cost  90.00 NOK (9,40 USD)  - 1,50 USD in the Czech Republic!  

Public safety

Oslo's unsafe areas, especially after dark, are Greenland, around Central Station (Sentralstasjon) parks.

Oslo - police - k.h. photo

Others

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Oslo - sculpture - b.e. photo

Background

Oslo - Storting - Norwegian Parliament - t.n. photo

Destination in brief

Oslo is located in the southern part of Norway

Population
(in 2020): 580,000 in the city area and 1 million in the urban area

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 3300 USD

Geography

Nearly half of Oslo is green space (many forests).

Climate

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Oslo - in July - y.w. photo

Oslo - overcast - f.e. photo

History

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Oslo - Old Town - the original city hall (Gamle Raadhus) on the right - e.k. photo

Nowadays

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Oslo - Aker Brygge, a newer neighborhood - i.v. photo

Attractions

Oslo - Vigeland Park - the largest sculpture park in the world - y.s. photo

Oslo - Vigeland Sculpture Park - i.v. photo

Oslo - Vigeland Park (opened in 1907) - entrance - e.k. photo

Vigeland Sculpture Park 

Oslo Opera House

Viking Ship Museum

Oslo - Viking Ship Museum - a burial ship - e.k. photo

Frogner Park

Oslo - Frogner Park - one of the many open-air statues - k-t. g. photo

Oslo City Hall (or Town Hall)

Oslo - City Hall - wood carvings depicting the history of the Norwegians - e.k. photo

Oslo - City Hall - two swans - e.k. photo

Oslo - City Hall - interior - e.k. photo

Oslo - City Hall - one of the decorative halls - e.k. photo

Oslo - Town Hall - council-chamber - e.k. photo

Oslo - view from the Town Hall - e.k. photo

Other famous buildings

Oslo - National Theater - e.k. photo

Oslo - Parliament - e.k. photo

Opera House

The first thing that catches your eye from the airport bus. The recently built opera house has a distinctive design, square and white ... very white! Its whiteness is given by the special paving that covers the entire roof and walkable areas. The building is designed so that you can take a leisurely walk up the sloping roof, where you will have a great view of the bay and the business district as well.

The whiteness of the cladding hurts the eyes, so much so that even our brown-eyed travelers, famous for their light tolerance, also said that they would be blinded – this was snow blindness, without the snow! It is said that most of the workers building the opera house suffered permanent visual impairment in the Norwegian sunshine. We as tourists do not have to be afraid of this, we will not be there so much, but sunglasses are definitely recommended for the duration of the visit. For photography, you’d better look for walls in the shade, otherwise, you’ll just have to delete a whole series of bizarre sun-glare pictures from your camera.

The interior of the building is nowhere near as striking as the exterior. The wood-inlaid walls look pretty good, but that’s it. Even the glass-steel canal seen from the roof in the middle of the bay, which was supposed to be made of scrap material... well, it’s art, sure…



Oslo - Opera House - e.k. photo

Oslo - Opera House - e.k. photo

Oslo - Opera House - e.k. photo

Oslo - Opera House - interior - glass, marble, timber - e.k. photo

Oslo - view from the top of the Opera House - e.k. photo

Oslo - view from the top of the Opera House - e.k. photo

Parks

Oslo - park between the Parliament and the Royal Palace - e.k. photo

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