Oslo – Beautiful and Inspiring
If you haven’t been to the beautiful capital of Norway yet, make sure you change that as soon as possible.Oslo is a flourishing city, with impressive landmarks and numerous attractions. It is an important banking, shipping and trade hub, whose population is constantly growing, mostly due to the high number of immigrants coming here every year. Even though it is one of the most expensive cities in the world, people keep arriving in large numbers, because Oslo also offers a remarkably high quality of life, as numerous surveys have shown over the years.
One of the things that we love about the city is the way it continues to evolve and constantly adapt to the modern times, without sacrificing its rich legacy. Take for instance the new Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Opened in 2008, the building immediately became a new significant landmark for the city. Not only does it boast a spectacular contemporary architecture, but it has also reinvented the way people interact with art. This is the world’s first opera that allows visitors to walk on its roof. Concerts are held not only in a few key spaces, but also in the huge foyer and at the top of the building, in open air.
Since we are talking about modern attractions of the capital, we should also mention the remarkable Eger Karl Johan department store in the center of the city, at the Egertorget Square. This is the largest high-end fashion house in the country and also a fascinating place for true lovers of fashion, art, architecture and luxury. Black dominates the interiors in a highly elegant manner, making up a perfect backdrop for all the glamorous items in the boutiques. And for an extra touch of luxury, the spaces are decorated with materials that are very rare in Scandinavia, such as Italian glass mosaics. The beautiful Roman mosaics were used for the first time in Norway at this grand project.
If you want to make a trip a little further back in time and discover older landmarks in Oslo, we suggest you take a stroll in the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park. You will be amazed at the multitude of bronze, granite and cast iron works of art, all created by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The park itself was also designed by the artist, and it attracts over a million visitors every year, with over 200 creations representing extremely varied scenes. They depict elderly couples, entwined lovers, kids throwing tantrums, people doing terrible parenting, and even human piles. The spectacle is absolutely memorable.
But if you want to get a glimpse of even older things than that, then what you need is a visit to the Natural History Museum, whose origins go back to the early 1800s. The country’s only dinosaur museum will take you on a fascinating journey in the past, but there are other things to see here as well. For example, the superb Botanical Garden and its greenhouses are simply breathtaking. It spreads on 15 acres and holds about 7500 different plant species. For a truly unique experience, you should spend some time in the aromatic garden. A few seconds with your eyes closed and you will forget that you are actually in a city.
- Oslo has relatively warm summers, with the average temperature being over 71°F, so this time of year may be the best for visits. However, winter is pretty great as well, with lots of snow and excellent opportunities for winter sports.
- Tipping is not expected anywhere in Norway. Bills include service fees, so you don’t have to worry about that. However, if you are really happy with how you’ve been treated at a restaurant, no one will mind you leaving a 10-15% tip.
- Luxury accommodations in Oslo can be enjoyed at Hotel Continental, Grand Hotel Rica, and Radisson Blu hotels.