Oslo, the capital of Norway, is in the northern part of Europe and has a different style from the warm and spirited southern Europe and the historical atmosphere of Eastern Europe. Although respected as the capital, it is often criticized by travellers as a boring city, but, if you can explore the real Oslo, you will find it a wonderful place to explore. With equally enchanting art and nature, new and unique neighbourhoods, niche and trendy creative communities, plus wonderful coastal views and fjord scenery, Oslo is a place worth visiting many times over. Ekebergparken is a park with vast forests, shrubs and trails, with not only greenery but also unique art installations, mostly by some of Europe's most famous artists, where nature and art come together in a commendable way. Walking in this park, you may feel familiar with the scene in front of you. Don't doubt that many of Munch's works were set here, such as "The Scream", "Despair", "Worry" and others work. Climbing to the highest point of the park and looking down, you can have a great view of the whole city.
The newest landmark in Oslo is Barcode, a collection of twelve buildings located next door to the opera house and named after the barcode that resembles a barcode when viewed from a distance. The whole area has a strong visual impact, like a new city full of science fiction, and is like walking through a modern city.
The Grünerløkka neighbourhood is changing with the arrival of younger and younger students and artists, and if you're a fan of Munch's work, you might be inspired to look for his footprints in the Grünerløkka neighbourhood. Cafes, restaurants, and vintage second-hand stores, where you can find the latest clothing and design items, enjoy a relaxing coffee break, and taste the most unique food.
Akershus Festning Castle stands on the Akershus Cape and from this castle, there is an almost panoramic view of the town hall and Oslo city centre. It is not only a castle, but also a large collection of manor houses, performance venues, and castle buildings. Even without buying an entrance ticket, you can pace around the green and walled buildings, and there are also small exhibition displays to visit in the visitor centre. Inside the castle, there is a divided residential area and a military area. The residential area is accessed from the main entrance courtyard and must be visited on a guided tour, while the military area is on the outskirts of the castle and is still partly used for military purposes, and military personnel in high-ranking uniforms can often be seen walking through the courtyard. Most of the buildings inside the castle have a weathered appearance, and the interior decoration has been preserved in its original medieval form.
Mathallen FoodHall is a food market, a foodie's paradise with a huge indoor space with more than 30 restaurants and cafes, where you don't have to hesitate to choose a restaurant, but can order all the food you want to taste. Whether it's a hearty Norwegian seafood meal or a happy hour drink, this place has it all.
Oslo is not as "boring" as you think, when you walk into it and feel the local atmosphere, you will find something special here, let's go explore!