Oslo - Norway's vibrant capital
"Can you have it better anywhere than in Oslo now in the summer when they stress the people have all disappeared to Mallorca, or are sitting in a ferry queue by Lavik? ", Lillebjørn Nilsen sings in his famous song" Bysommer ". He can probably be very right in ...
Norway's capital is just right big and just right small. Compared to other capitals in Europe is not Oslo so very big. A short ride on the subway, bus or tram will quickly get you where you want to go. At the same time, the city is large enough to offer everything from art and culture of high international quality to historical sights. IN Oslo you will find dining experiences that should suit everyone, Oslo can actually boast as many as 4 restaurants that have a star in the Michelin guide, and 1 restaurant that has received 2 stars.
The 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 some shrimp shells at 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 enough Oslos busiest shopping street. This goes from Jernbanetorget and all the way up to the Castle. At the railway square you can wave goodbye to the tiger who stands and reminds us that Oslo 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 formerly quite clearly divided into east and west. The Akerselva was the "border" for east and west. The workers lived on the east side, and along the Akerselva were many of the factories that people worked in. Vøiens Bomuldsspinderie, Christiania Seildugsfabrik and Myrens verksted were some of the factories that were located here. Large families lived here in very poor conditions, and illness was not uncommon. Grünerløkka and Sagene are districts that then belonged to these areas, but today these are some of Oslos most popular places to stay.
The islands outside Oslo
At Vippetangen just southeast of Akershus Castle and Fortress, you will find the port facility Vippetangen. In the 1900th century, this is where the famous "American boats" left. Today you can take a trip out to one of Oslos many small islands from here. The trip out only has from 10-20 minutes. Langøyene is known for its beautiful beach, and Gressholmen is perhaps best known for its wild rabbits. These must now be eradicated due to the damage they did to the protected flora.
The main island is perhaps the most visited island, here you will also find beautiful bathing spots. Common to all these islands is that here the peace and quiet is in strong contract to the city alarm from Oslo.
Botanical garden on Tøyen in Oslo is Norway's oldest botanical garden. The garden was established in 1814 and today also includes the Botanical Museum. The Botanical Garden was named Green Park of the Year in 1995 and is still an important green lung for Oslos population.