... If you've only a few hours or only a couple of days, try certainly visiting Oslo. All places of interest are mostly reachable by walking of by public transport. Here you can feel the heartbeat of "the Nordic"!
kurt :Having a few hours, you can leave the station heading to the Royal Palace via the Karl Johan Gate, the busiest commercial street of Oslo. Visit the Oslo Hard Rock Cafe, turn right to the Kristian IV gate, to a cosy restaurant "Nordvegan". Continue streight to the harbor, passing the City Hall. At the seaside at the left the Akershus fortress. In the meanwhile we're walking true "the Artic Pyramid" of the "Salt village". A majestic fish rack. At the other side of the fjord we love walking on the roof of the opera house, enjoying the view, taking pictures. Downstairs you've an insight in all the different ateliers of artisans supporting the success of each creative event. A little bit further we're impressed by the new "Munch museum", an architectural artwork. Via a bridge we "walk over the water", turn left and head back to the station....Oslo in a "nutshell"... amazing.
kurt :... If you love vegan, or at least don't like to eat meat / fish... This is the place to be for a very good meal and a cosy place to stay. Comfortable service. You certainly will love the food and the ginger beer.
kurt :... A walk in the park... and a little bit further. From the center of the city, Vaterland Park, follow the Akerselva river to the Maridalsvannet lake.The riverwalk is eight kilometres long, and ... takes you via forested areas, historical buildings, fishing and swimming spots and several waterfalls. The highest waterfall is next to Hønse-Lovisas hus and the Beier bridge. You'll pass cosy "hippy and art" places, the Norwegian Business School Campus and the Technology museum to arrive at the lake. On the way back " jump in" at Nydalen Bryggeri & Spiseri, a typical Scandinavian bar, for a coffee, a "weisbrau" or a delicious meal, especially for vegetarians.
kurt :... Taking a coffee break, while visiting the National museum for technology, industry, science and medicine – a paradise for curious people of all ages, especially for kids. The museum has more than 100 interactive installations, 25 permanent and temporary exhibitions and an exciting activity programme during weekends and holidays.
kurt :...More of Norwegian History, then visit the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. It encompasses an indoor museum and an open-air museum with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200. The purpose is to show how people lived throughout the past 600 years. The facilities include a café and a large outdoor recreational area with picnic tables, so you can bring your own food
kurt :Looking for a "walk with an artistic added value" ...the open air museum of naked scultures is "your cup of thea". The museum itself is located in the studio and home of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943)
kurt :..ever seen the oldest ski jump in the world? ...once at the top of the jump tower an exceptional panoramic view of the city is your part.The ski museum is located underneath the ski jump. It presents more than 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing. There is a caffee and a shop.