How to enjoy full week in Oslo?

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ATTRACTIONS

Oslo is a popular travel destination with rich cultural offer and beautiful scenery:

– Vigeland Park,

– National Gallery,

– Kon Tiki Museum,

– Fram Museum,

– Viking Ship Museum,

– Norsk Folkemuseum (open air museum with over 150 Norwegian buildings),

– Oslo City Hall (“the ugliest” building in the world, famous for Noble Peace Prize)

– Norwegian National Opera And Ballet (futuristic construction facing fjords, which allow you to walk from the ground to the roof on its slant outer suwrface),

– Gata (main Oslo’s street Karl Johans Gate),

– Akershus Fortress,

– The Royal Palace (looks like a twin of USA White House),

– ski jump hill Holmenkollen (check also Ski Museum),

– countless islands,

– fjords,

– beach,

– mountains,

– parks,

– excellent biking paths,

– bustling cafe (Grünerløkka district).

source: T. Haaland Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAA427yMsl0

If you have made already some research on-line, you are probably advised to shorten your time in Oslo and explore other part(s) of Norway. However, despite the longest distance between two points in Norway is 1752 km (it’s like from Amsterdam to St Petersburg or like from Oklahoma to Mexico City), its capital Oslo is the most visited city in entire country.

It’s not a coincidence that visitors spent 4.8 million nights in Oslo in 2017!

How should you plan your itinerary in Oslo to don’t feel broke or bored after two days? Honestly, it’s up to your interest but if you can appreciate good art and versatile landscape, Oslo can be a perfect choice for awesome holidays.

KON-TIKI

Once upon a time, I attended to a lesson of Viking language. Beside our teacher, there were present only me and one girl from Ecuador. Teacher mentioned that he have swam some short part of the Atlantic Ocean on his own (with life vest). I answered that it reminds me Kon-Tiki. He said “yeah, but it was somewhere around Australia”. Then I told him that Kon-Tiki’s hero swam from Peru to Polynesia. After the lesson, I asked my classmate if I was right: from Peru? She answered that she doesn’t have a clue what I’m talking about!

Herr Cirkusdirektör presents the original film about inspirational Kon-Tiki expedition from 1950 (document interesting not only for history connoisseurs)

source: Herr Cirkusdirektör https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22RvS372DlQ

VIGELAND

Another time, I was watching a good sociopathic “The Snowman” in cinema with my three Nordic mates. I’ve asked them on the beginning of the film: is this forest in Norway? They didn’t know. But then I informed them that this is exactly Oslo as I can recognize Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures from Frogner Park. I felt really happy when one mate repeated this info to another 🙂

source: Johtah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfcjSLtX3Y

EDVARD MUNCH

Outstanding paintings of Edvard Munch are more worldwide known parts of Norwegian cultural heritage. Everybody should to visit at least once in lifetime the National Norwegian Gallery (The Nasjonalgalleriet) in sake of iconic “The Scream”. It depicts a dread caused by expected challenges in chaotic future. Timeless art.

TOUR

You can learn about unique aspects of Norwegian culture and much, much more during the complete Oslo tour:

https://www.getyourguide.com/oslo-l38/oslo-grand-tour-fjord-cruise-t74686/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

It’s a comprehensive bus tour which includes:

– all best sights of Oslo (although part dedicated to Frogner Park is walking),

– a ticket to museum (you can choose between Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum),

– two hours cruise along breathtaking Oslofjord.

Viking Ship Museum

https://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/index.html

Fram Museum

Home

Check them out to know which one you prefer more (or would you like to see both on different days?). Don’t forget to complete your purchase:

https://www.getyourguide.com/oslo-l38/oslo-grand-tour-fjord-cruise-t74686/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

You can find here 48 different activities in Oslo:

https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=oslo&customerSearch=1&partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

WHERE TO STAY

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Prices in Norway aren’t cheap but it’s also not the most expensive country in the world. For example a night in a good 3-stars hotel in Oslo city center may cost you 80 USD what is a good deal on Agoda.com if you compare this with prices for hotels in Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam etc.

I’d recommend to make smaller daily shopping in supermarkets REMA1000 or Kiwi if you don’t want to overpay for simple food ingredients (prices are almost the same as in many other European countries).

7 DAYS ?

Yeah. If you want to experience everything what Oslo has to offer in relaxed pace, you can take now a pen and paper and write down your itinerary. You will notice that Oslo gives people a lot of flexibility and that Oslo is complete for holidays. You can sightseeing, sunbathing, hiking, sailing, island hopping, watching fine art, dining, biking, relaxing, exploring history, making stunning photos and whatnot.

Just remember that period between May and October is much warmer than November – April. Feel welcome to visit Oslo out of season in sake of excellent winter sports infrastructure but expect freezing cold. Otherwise, summer may treat you with breathtaking fjords and much, much, much more attractions.

author: Sam O’Black

weekend in Arnhem

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CREATIVE

I’ve already written why the Netherlands is so memorable for me:

https://musictivity.org/2019/07/24/jethrotullinnetherlands/

Now I would like to add few words about Arnhem – travel hub halfway between Brussels, Amsterdam and Hamburg.

Arnhem is the capital of Dutch province Gelderland; home to growing number of creative start-ups and excellent artistic University ArtEZ which offer dozens courses on Bachelor or Master level in disciplines like:

– architecture and interior

– creative writing

– dance

– design

– education in Art

– fashion

– fine Art

– Music

– Theatre

Locals from Arnhem are proud from architecture and design of their city. First astonishing landmark visible for travelers is the central station itself – super futuristic building reopened in current form in the end of 2015. Shops, offices, houses, cinema and railway station create one consistent object which tempts visitors to stay and explore more Arnhem.

CHARM

I stayed few days around Arnhem six years ago. I remember sleeping in caravan in the middle of Dutch forest but I didn’t make any pictures on that occasion.

source: XL Creations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj9GkWJNxGw

There are large parks, open spaces and farms. Clean, unpolluted air. You can take a biking tour or just use one of free white bikes prepared in Sonsbeek Park for tourists.

Area of Arnhem is bigger than area of administrative capital of The Netherlands, The Hague. Did you know that Arnhem is actually called the Little Hague Of The East?

Gelderland is the largest province in Nederland and Arnhem with over 150 000 citizens is its capital.

Beautiful video displaying the charm of Arnhem:

DOORWERTH CASTLE

I would like to show you some cultural heritage from Arnhem.

The following video from Spannendegeschiedenis.nl tells an interesting story behind medieval Doorwerth Castle.

It was destroyed in 1944. Polish historians like to emphasize that polish army helped Nederland to keep independence as a nation in the battle for Arnhem (Operation Market Garden, 17th-26th September 1944) but in fact polish army failed there. It is explained well here

https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/holland-stories/liberation-route/operation-market-garden-a-bridge-too-far.htm

with conclusion: “Sadly, Operation Market Garden proved to be ‘a bridge too far’.” Fortunately, Doorwerth Castle was later reconstructed so you are welcome to visit and explore this castle in its full glory.

OPEN AIR

More optimistic side of history is displayed in main Dutch Open Air Museum, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum,

address: Hoeferlaan 4, Arnhem.

It’s a huge area of 44 hectares where you can spend effectively whole day, learn about daily living and admire historical landscapes of whole Nederland. You can even join skaters in the winter. Have fun! Architect Macanoo presents the museum on YouTube:

source: Mecanoo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tjwgkWgMg0

WATER

I’ve experienced massive flood as a seven years old kid. It happened exactly 22 years ago. My neighborhood wasn’t a victim but areas closer to river fell into chaos and destruction.

Then I spent two weekends in sandpit collecting sand for defenders. Only my city collected around 300 – 480 thousands of sandbags. Sadly 114 people died in Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. Damage in Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Slovakia and Austria was worth 4.5 milliards USD.

I write about this because Dutch are masters in dealing with water. More than half of entire country lays below sea level. Apparently God have created a see but Dutchie have created their own land. Whole country’s existence depends on modern water – engineering solutions. The best place to learn about this is Water Museum in Arnhem.

Address: Zijpendaalseweg 26-28, Arnhem

Bezoek ons

That’s of course not all what Arnhem has to offer for visitors. We can simplify that Indonesia was a Dutch colony in the past. Nowadays, you can find at least ten Indonesian restaurants in Arnhem and it’s the best cuisine available in the Netherlands (not only in my opinion).

Just type in google browser: “best Indonesian restaurants in Arnhem”.

If you enjoy contact with nature, Arnhemians would recommend also this large zoo:

https://www.burgerszoo.com/?redirected=true&message=false

WHERE TO SLEEP

You shouldn’t limit searching for your hotel only to Arnhem. There are some nice places to sleep for around 100 euro / night but my advice is to find accomodation with direct train connection to Arnhem Centraal using

https://9292.nl/

Nederland is a compact country with excellent net of public transportation. You can choose a perfect place which isn’t necessarily located in Arnhem and easily commute. Quality and price are more important factors than location.

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Check also: interview with Dutch person who recommend the National Park in Gelderland:

https://musictivity.org/2019/11/07/picture-interview/

author: Sam O’Black