Oslo - Norway's vibrant capital
"Can you better do it than in Oslo this summer when they are stressing people all gone to Mallorca, or sitting in a ferryboat at Lavik?", Lillebjørn Nilsen sings in her famous song "Bysommer". He may have a lot to do with it ...
Norway's capital is just the right size and just the right minute. Compared to other capitals in Europe is not Oslo very big. A short ride on the subway, bus or tram brings you quickly to where you want. Meanwhile, the city is large enough to be able to offer everything from art and culture of high international quality to historical sites.
In Oslo you will find food experiences that would suit everyone. Oslo can actually boast of all 4 restaurants that have a star in the Michelin guide, and 1 restaurant that has got 2 stars.
Summer in Oslo is unique
When spring and summer come, people flock to the streets and the sidewalk restaurants fill up quickly. Places like Aker Brygge on a summer day should be experienced. There you can sit down at one of the restaurants and just enjoy the life and atmosphere while the boats are rough out at sea and the seagulls scream over their heads. Some of the shrimp-enjoying guests on one of the barges next to the quay may have thrown out some shrimp shells to them…
From Aker Brygge you can gaze over the Akershus Fortress, and if you are lucky you might come across some notes from the bell tower of City Hall.
Karl Johans gate is probably Oslo's busiest shopping street. This goes from Jernbanetorget and right up to the castle. At the railway station square you can wave goodbye to the tiger standing and reminds us that Oslo is also often called "Tigerstaden". The walk up to the castle is a great walk, where you also pass the parliament," Spikersuppa "and National Theater.
Oslo was previously quite clearly divided into east and west. Aker River was the "border" of East and West. On east side lived the workers and the Aker River lay many of the factories that people worked in. Vøien Bomuldsspinderie, Christiania Seildugsfabrik and Myrens workshop were some of the factories located here. Here lived large families in extremely impoverished conditions and disease was not uncommon. Grünerløkka and Sagene's neighborhoods as it once belonged to these areas, but today these are some of Oslo's most see popular places to stay.
Islands outside Oslo
On Vippetangen southeast of the Akershus Castle and Fortress will find the port facility Vippetangen. In 1900 century was there from here the famous "America boats" went. Today you can take a trip out to one of Oslo's many small islands from here. The walk-out only from 10-20 minutes. Langoyene is known for its great beach and Gressholmen is perhaps most famous for its wild rabbits. These should now be extinct because of the damage they did on the protected flora.
Hovedøya is perhaps the most visited island, where you will also find great swimming areas. Common to all these islands is that here is the calm and serenity of a strong contract to the bailiff from Oslo.
Botanical Garden in Oslo of Norway's oldest botanical garden. The garden was established in 1814 and today they include Botanical Museum. Botanical Garden was in 1995 named 'green park and is still an important green lung of Oslo's population.