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6 Places in Oslo You Must Have Seen

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In the past, the Norwegian capital had the melodious name "Christiania", originally spelt with a "K". By far the most people in all of Norway live here. In 1952, the Winter Olympics were held in Oslo. The Holmenkollbakken ski jump high above the city still invites adventurous ski tourists to whiz down on their boards.

In this historic sporting ambience, with a beautiful view, you are tempted to place a bet. And with a suitable provider, betting is the perfect fit. Where else but at an Olympic venue could you have more luck? If you're not quite so brave, you can take a look around the ski museum or enjoy Gustav Veglands' sculptures in the Vigeland complex in Frogner Park and take a leisurely stroll.

Many possibilities for holidays and adventure

But Oslo has so much more to offer and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. This city is simply magnificent. In summer you have plenty of sunny days, while in winter they are rather mild but snowy. Depending on what you want to do, you should consider when it is best to visit Oslo.  After all, you don't want to get wet all the time in the rainy late summer. After all, most of the attractions would be cancelled.

If you're smart, you use the Oslo Pass

This allows tourists to use public transport, including ferries, free of charge. Another advantage of the pass is the museums and sights. After all, just over 30 of them can be visited free of charge. This almost all-round carefree package can be used for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Adults have to pay between 44,665 and 820 NOK (Norwegian Kroner). Discounts are available for children and students.

You can buy your ticket online or pick it up in person at the Vistior Centre or your hotel. If you print it out online, you have to exchange it for a ticket on the spot.  The ticket is also available as an app: "Oslo Pass-Official City Card".

#1 Akershus Fortress offers tangible history

All those interested in history will get their money's worth here. The beautiful castle, completed in the 14th century, is located right in the heart of the city on the Akersneset peninsula. It is located on the East Fjord.

The castle has undergone many changes over the years. Nine sieges and a German occupation are not all that the walls have to tell. It was also used as a feared national prison and later as a representative government building. The bones of the kings still lie in the mausoleum and the outer fortress is still used by the Norwegian military. While other parts are used exclusively for leisure and recreation.

#2 Regenerate in the Clima House

This project describes climate change. It explains natural processes as well as human interventions. The creators also try to show possible solutions. The Clima-House is incredibly interactive. Anyone who has not yet fully understood the function of our earth's climate system will certainly understand it at the latest during their visit.

Absolutely impressive are the so-called "simulation rooms", where you can experience a tropical storm or a volcano up close without getting into danger yourself. A really exciting experience that should not be missed.

#3 Sauna Experience on the Oslo Fjord

Of course, you absolutely have to break a sweat in Norway. The best place to do so is the Oslo Fjord saunas, thanks to the non-profit organisation Sørenga Badstuflåte. The special thing about the saunas is that they really float on the fjord. The view you have here is sensational. The 4 floating saunas each hold between 12 and 16 people.

The highlight is the driftwood sauna Måken, which offers a whirlpool in addition to the sauna. This fantastic adventure is easily bookable online. But if you drop by at a convenient time of day, you can also take a spontaneous sauna.

#4 Close to a polar expedition

On the museum ship Fram, you have the unique opportunity to step aboard a real polar expedition ship. Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup once set out on their great adventures on this ship. They were the pioneers of polar exploration. With this huge ship, which was built entirely of wood, they conquered the polar ice seas and discovered areas that were previously completely unknown.

The museum offers changing exhibitions, but all of them naturally revolve around the theme of "polar expeditions". If you are really interested, you should take advantage of the "combination ticket". This allows you to visit the Kon-Tiki and the Norwegian Maritime Museum at no extra cost. Besides, the three museums are very close to each other. A great chance to experience Norway's seafaring adventures.

#5 TusenFryd Amusement Park for Fun Lovers

The amusement park is open from May to October. Visitors will find many attractions in one place. From speeding roller coasters to carousels and the infamous BadeFryd water park. There is, however, one small drawback. The BadeFryd water park is only open to visitors during the warm summer months. But don't worry if you missed the bathing season, everyone will be happy at this place!

On special occasions, such as Halloween, the park likes to come up with more experiential offerings. Then scary monsters get up to mischief and give the guests a good creepy feeling.

#6 The original and the alternative Oslo

If you want to find peace and quiet, you should not miss the streets "Damstredet" and "Telthusbakken". You pass them when walking from the city centre to the botanical garden. The houses were built between 1810 and 1850. You take a little trip back in time, so to speak, in which the hustle and bustle of the city is completely pushed into the background. The scenery invites you to relax and is incredibly exciting at the same time.

Another unusual district of Oslo is "Grünerløkka". This is where the city's cultural and creative scene meets. The area lies by the river and is still marked by past industry. In the park "Birklunden", the green quarter organises regular flea markets and music events. The park can be reached on foot from the nearby botanical garden. Here the tour of Oslo comes full circle.

Oslo is a city that offers the perfect excursion for everyone. You should definitely remember the tip with the "Oslo Pass". It can save you a lot of money! If you have the opportunity to visit this wonderful city, you should definitely do it! The variety and the history that can be felt everywhere make Oslo unique.

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