Oslo Travel Guide
Oslo Local History
From 1814 to 1905 Norway was united with Sweden and this unification contributed to Oslo's strong economic and political growth after the split with Sweden Oslo had the luxury of sustained period of economic growth until the World War 1. After the war and its aftermath Oslo's standard of living improved. In World War 2 Norway declared it neutral but that did not stop Germany invading in 1940. The Norwegian Government continued to represent the population in exile. After the war Norway benefited by the discovery of oilfields in its North Sea waters.
Today Oslo has one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Oslo Parks & Gardens
Vigeland Park - This park, which contains over 190 sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland, is Norway's most popular attraction. It is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing day admiring the sculptures
Oslo Restaurants and Bars
Apotheket St Olavs Pass. Previously an old pharmacy this cafe-bar is all high ceilings, wood panels and antique furniture AND the food here is good and reasonably priced. The beers here are also good and go down well after a hard days sightseeing.
Kaffenbrennerjet Orensen 45. This is branch of a popular Norwegian coffeehouse chain that serves excellent coffee and scrumptious cakes.
Det Norske Hus Prinsen gate 18 if you want to sample the local cuisine try this smart restaurant. The food is excellent but a bit pricey. Try their lunch bar where the meals are cheaper and excellent value for money.
Agra Stranden3, Aker Brygge. If you fancy something different try the Indian food at this restaurant. The food is very tasty and reasonably priced
Oslo Bars & Clubs
Last Train Karl Johans gate 45. If you like hard rock music played VERY loudly then this is the place for you. It is considered to be the best rock pub in town and is popular with the local leather and jeans crowd.
Bollywood Dancing Solli gate 2 we are talking seriously kitsch here, this restaurant/disco is one of the hippest nightspots in Oslo. The decor is 'Asian' and the cocktails inventive to say the least. Worth a visit.
Bla Brenneriveien 9C. This sophisticated nightclub features everything from live jazz to cabaret and poetry readings. It is popular with the locals because of the great DJ's in residence here.
So What! Grenson 8. This club is the place to go if you are an Indie music fan. The basement of the club often features an amazing selection of live bands.
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