it been a while and I am very sorry about that. I started working in a new research institute in order to write my Master thesis and I have been a little overwhelmed by the crazy hours. But now I am back and ready to ease back into it. I am really excited to tell you about my recent trip to Portugal, but I decided to finish my little Scandinavia series first.
And therefore I’ll proudly present to you my five sightseeing tips for Oslo:
- Frogner Park is a quite interesting location. With its big lawn areas, it is the perfect spot for a barbecue, a picknick or just some downtime. However, the main attraction of the park is the Vigeland installation with 212 sculptures designed by Gustav Vigeland. The sculptures revolve around the basic theme of the „circle of life“ and create a quite surreal and sometimes haunting atmosphere.
- The harbor with its beautiful newly designed skyline is another one of my favorite spots in the city. Locals call the skyline the „barcode“ since it is constituted of black and white tall buildings, which make a great contrast to the beautiful old x hotel. The coolest building, however, is the Oslo Opera House. The roof is leveled with the ground floor, making it super accessible and the perfect spot to enjoy the view.
- Karl Johans gate and the Royal Palace: While the Royal Palace is not as exciting and accessible as other palaces in Europe, I really like the main street Karl Johans gate, which is leading up to the palace, and its atmosphere. For me, it almost has a Champs Elysée like feel to it, with its high-end shops. But there is a lot more to it, like the old University buildings, the National Museum, and the pond with the spiky fountain that serves as an ice skating rink in winter. Oh, and the view from the palace down onto Karl Johans gate is not too shabby either.
- Grünerløkka might be for Oslo what Kreuzberg is for Berlin. It used to be a traditional working class district with several factories located along the river. Today it’s one of Oslo’s up and coming neighborhoods with many bars, event locations, great coffee shops, and an upcoming discussion about gentrification. The river banks are perfect for an afternoon stroll and the factories have become various loft-style bars with a view over the river. My favorite spot in this neighborhood, however, is the Mathallen Oslo, an amazing indoor market with plenty of interesting food and artisanal crafts. For more bars, restaurants, and exceptional stores, you should definitely check out Markveien, the main street of Grünerløkka.
- Holmenkollen, the ski jump turned landmark, is located a little bit outside the city but definitely worth a trip. The sports fans get to enjoy the world’s oldest ski museum, but the amazing view over the city, the inner Oslofjord (where the harbor is located), and the beautiful countryside outside the city limits is a highlight for everyone.
And finally, a pinnable picture for you 🙂
What is your favorite spot in Oslo?