I had the pleasure of visiting dear friends in Oslo this year. It was the perfect opportunity to sip wine and laugh around the dinner table at old memories as well as create new ones as I explored this Scandinavian city for the first time. My first day in Oslo was spent roaming the entire city on foot. I took advantage of the beautiful weather and clear skies (unusual for raining Oslo), and I just started walking.
Living in LA for five years, I have become accustom to exploring a city by foot. I think it is one of the best ways to become acquainted with a city especially if you only have one day. Oslo is a perfect example. I walked from the Opera House (this is a must see) all the way to the Royal Palace weaving in and around the city along the water inlets and through the hustle and bustle stopping in coffee shops (Nord) and cafes for a bite to eat and the occasional chat about the must sees of Oslo.
Here are a few shots from my day (on foot) in: Oslo
One of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Oslo is booming and has the modern architecture to prove it. What I loved about the architecture of Oslo is that the city has such a great mix of old European charm and new age modernism. In my opinion, the perfect spot to see this marriage between old and new is on top of the Oslo Opera House. The Opera House seems to rise out of the water like a glacier might, standing tall amid a landscape of sky scrapers. You are standing on one of the most modern buildings in the city, the Opera House and looking out over the older European buildings just on the other side of a water inlet.
If beautiful yet strangely weird art is your thing then Vigilant Park (Vigelandsparken) is another must see. There is no other sculpture park like it in the world. Just google it and you will understand why. Another, less peculiar, recommendation would be the Royal Palace and the Palace Gardens. The Palace sits atop a hill, providing a beautiful view of the city. Unlike Buckingham Palace, everyone is allowed to walk in and around the gardens and the Palace Grounds. I also suggest walking down the main corridor leading up to the Palace. There are plenty of cafes and shops to visit. A few of the photos below were snapped along this walk.
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TRAVEL TIPS: Other recommendations for Oslo include the Oslo City Hall and the Nobel Peace Prize building. Oslo is also home to several great museums depending on what your interests are so I recommend doing some research and discovering what fits you best. Lastly, a must see in Oslo is the fjord. The most talked about way to experience the fjord is by boat. It is a great way to give your feet much needed relief and end an afternoon siping wine and watching the sunset.