I got the chance to spend two miraculous days in Oslo, Norway. The city is known for its many museums and historical parks, which makes it a great place to relax and learn more about its history and culture. Oslo is compacted with a lot to do and explore, especially when the city comes alive in the summer. Here are ten of my favorite things to do in Olso.
1. Rent an OBOS bike: Sure, the Hop On Hop Off bus offers additional knowledge of the city but, roaming the city on a bike will allow you to experience a different aspect of Oslo. Download the app, add payment details, and purchase a day pass. There are over 200 pick up locations in the country. A day pass is only NOK 49 (USD 4.79).
2. The National Theatre: This neo-classical building is a sight to see in Oslo. Built-in 1899, the theatre has been a staple to the city. Performances are available year-round. The park outside is also a great place to relax and a pickup location for the OBOS bike.
3. Vigeland Park: It's a massive art sculpture in the middle of Frogner Park. The park has more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. This is a great place to relax while in Oslo.
4. Visit the Nobel Peace Center: I've heard about the Nobel Peace Prize and the people who've had the opportunity to achieve such an accolade, but I did not know that there was a center in Oslo. It's a great place to visit and learn more about the award and its past recipients.
5. Street Food in Oslo: Immediately outside the Nobel Peace Center, there is an array of food trucks. There you can indulge in known favorites and try the local cuisine. Stop by and pick up a delicious treat, you won't regret it.
6. The Royal Palace: The palace opens to the public in the summer. It's a great opportunity to explore the beautiful interior and learn more about the Royal House of Norway. Be there by 1:30 PM to witness the changing of the guards.
7. Karl Johans Gate: This is the main street in Oslo and leads up to the Royal Palace. The area has a lot to offer. You can hang out in the park or pick up a tour from here. Keep in mind the crowds do become overbearing in the summer.
8. Mathallen Food Hall: I always say the best way to experience a culture is through its food, and this food hall will not disappoint! To do this, my strategy is to buy small bites and sample an array of different foods.
9. The Viking Ship Museum: The Vikings play a major role in Norway's history, so what better way to learn more about the country than to learn more about the Vikings. The museum offers great insight, but you will have to visit to find out why.
10. The Oslo Opera House: Nestled in the center of the city, the opera house is the home of the National Opera and Ballet. This is one of the hottest tickets in the city. If you're unable to catch a show, the entrance to the roof of the opera house offers breathtaking views of the city.
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