Akershus Fortress, Gunnar Strom, Norway (Visit Oslo)

Gustav Vigeland's Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway (Digital Vision)


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What to do in Oslo

At first glance, Oslo, Norway’s efficient and attractive capital, suggests little of its 1,000-year history; its prim 19th-century buildings, stately public parks, and clean streets lend a sophisticated air. Though a walk through town is lovely in summer, some of Oslo’s best and most historic attractions lie behind doors. The city has an outsize number of museums, enough to satisfy a wide range of eccentric interests. At the FRAM Museum, board the strongest wooden ship ever built, used by Norwegian explorers to ply the Arctic and Antarctic. At the National Gallery, marvel at Norway’s largest public collection of art. Some of Oslo’s more obscure museums—devoted to glassworks, the playwright Ibsen, and children’s art—are worth a stop on a rainy day, if for nothing else to appreciate Norwegians’ knack for cataloging and organization.

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Joe rates Oslo
Fun city, good place to spend a few days on the way back to the states from Europe. 4 days 3 nights is plenty. Good nightlife, Norwegians know how to party, but be prepared for the cost, this city isn't cheap.
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