ADD TO LISTFounded in 1049 by King Harald Hardråde, Oslo has a rich history and has grown from a small initial settlement to its current place as Norway's capital and its educational, cutural and economic centre. For those interested in learning about medieval Oslo should visit the Gamlebyen (Old Town) or visit the Historical Museum. If you're specifically interested in Viking history and lore be sure to see the Viking Ship Museum where you can see two of the world's best preserved wood Viking ships built from the 9th century. For something more contemporary, head to the Vigeland Sculpture Park or to the National Museum of Art. Oslo is also home to the Nobel Peace Centre, where its accompanying museum lets you learn more about the Peace Prize Laureates.
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While in Oslo, check out the local pub "London Pub" located at C J Hambros plass 5 in Oslo city centre
Stay a while! Oslo is a great place but can seem a little grey on first sight. But this is just on the surface. This is just the colour of the buildings, and the fact that they don´t seem to mind about Grafitti. It takes some time to get past this, but then something happens, it grows on you, shows more colours. If you just want a whistle-stop tour of the tourist hot-spots you can do it in a day but you won´t know what the place is like. I know you could say that about any city, but it´s especially true for Oslo. A lot of the people who live here love that you have the sea and the woods almost on your doorstep, and there always seems to be something going on if you take an aimless walk. So take some time at least to go to the woods, to take a boat to the islands on the fjord, to walk through and sit in some parks.
Oslo as a winter destination has traditionally been associated with ski jumping in Holmenkollen. Less known is the fact that the city also offers inhabitants and visitors over 2600 kilometres prepared cross-country ski trails. Some of them are even lit in the evening. The 1952 Winter Olympic City also gives plenty of opportunities to try your ice-skating or downhill skiing talents, and to feel tremendous excitement tobogganing in "Korketrekkeren", the 2 km run from Frognerseteren.
Combine your winter experiences in Oslo with shopping, dancing, dining and culture! Oslo can offer more than 50 museums worth visiting, and beautiful outdoor attractions such as the Akershus Fortress and Vigeland Sculpture Park. Test the nightlife in Oslo, the excellent restaurants, the nightclubs and the exceptional music scene.
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