When we first heard, Beta World City, our imagination of Oslo, instantly blossomed into a Sci-Fi vision of mirrored buildings. It made us wonder if the political and economic centre of Norway, was any different than what we had seen so far. Oslo was our last destination of a Norway in a nutshell tour. And so, from where we were coming, we were still drooling over the memories of the glaciated mountains and the fjords. Entering Oslo, was indeed, a great moderation from the fantastic getaways. Rather visiting this Beta World City, showed us, why Norway’s capital, is the fastest growing metropolitan in all of Europe. Oslo is ranked, as one-of-the-best places to live and visit in the World. Looking at the city’s quality lifestyle, well, we couldn’t agree less.
Oslo, the Beta World City
Along with us, several other thousand tourists were visiting Oslo, making it one of the busiest cities of Norway. More so, because the city, houses most of the Norwegian corporate headquarters. The beautiful scenery will linger along, provided that, you drive in and around the city. Within Oslo, taking a scenic cruise, an aesthetic sightseeing, or a culinary tasting tour is the best way to explore all of Norway, at one destination. Followed by, the Southern Norwegian coast surprises! In fact, from our trip, we have shortlisted the best-of-best. You certainly can’t leave Oslo, before visiting these 5-best-landmarks from the Beta World City.
1. Oslo City Hall
The first place we recommend, you to visit is, the City Hall or the Norwegian Oslo Rådhus as, they call it locally. Oslo City Hall is the main administration building, where city council meets to discuss administrative issues. Even though, this red-bricked complex is more famous for its clock tower and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which is held, in December every year. Located in the heart of the city, Oslo rådhus is a fine-blend of modern engineering and traditional thinking. Built in 1931, Oslo City Hall features a rectangular bricked layout, paired with two tall towers. We were told that even though, the building was erected in the 19th-century, its bricks are roughly the same size, as, the ones used in the middle ages. Don’t forget to explore the Eastern side of the building, where you will find 49 bells that play ‘musicals’ from time to time.
2. Frognerparken or The Vigeland Park
We must have spent close to 8 hours, sauntering and photographing Frognerparken on our first visit. After all, it’s Oslo’s largest public-garden but, most importantly, world’s largest sculptural park built by a single artist. Frogner Park is Norway’s most-visited tourist attraction, so is, the historic Frogner Manor on the Southern side of the park, which houses the Oslo City Museum. Gustav Vigeland is the mastermind behind all the sculptural installations. Though the park further expands to lovely fountains and bridges worth visiting.
3. Viking Ship Museum
Ship Museums are our favourite to visit, as they effortlessly introduce us to a bygone era. As for the Viking Museum, we owe it to the Swedish professor Gabriel Gustafson, who had the Viking Age discoveries well-preserved in this mausoleum of cultural history. We were intrigued by the Oseberg, Tune, and the Gokstad ship. Oseberg, in fact, was excavated as it is, from the world’s largest ship burial facility. In a separate article, we have included the pictures of the Ships, Viking Age sledges, horse carts, and other grave goods. A trip to this museum is a live telecast, of the Viking age! Wherein all other times, we either read about it in books, quotes or, end up watch Viking movies with unsettled questions.
4. Holmenkollen Ski Arena
Holmenkollen National Ski Arena or, the Norwegian Holmenkollbakken is a gigantic, 18th-century Ski Jumping Hill at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Unfortunately, the day we arrived here, heavy rains were pounding the venue. Otherwise, this arena is a great place to watch the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup and can hold up to 70,000 spectators at one time. Indeed, great Nordic cross-country Ski and Biathlon venue, worth adding to your bucket list.
Read More: Inside Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Arena
5. 19th-century Oslo City Mall
Since when did Malls begin to trend on the sightseeing list, right? Let’s say, since, 19th-century when Oslo’s City Mall grabbed, the title of the largest mall in the city. Built in 1988, Oslo City Mall houses over 90 shops across three floors at present. We were lucky to visit during Summer, which is when most of these shops offer up to 70% discounts. There’s no better way to shop in World’s second-most-expensive city than take advantage of these discounts.