One of my best friend lives in Norway. I have never been to Norway until my friend very kindly gave me the trip to visit her for my birthday. So, last Thursday I went and came back yesterday. She doesn’t live in Oslo, but we have decided to spend a little bit of time and do some sightseeing. Whenever I go to a new place I love to spend at least half day exploring the city. It is not much time; however, this makes you more efficient. Oslo is not a big city, but it is worth to visit. We had only 24 hours in Oslo so for those of you who are planning to spend a very short time there, here are the 3 must see things.
3 must see things in Oslo
Number one: Royal Palace. It is the royal family official residence and it is one of the most important buildings in the country. It is built in neo-classical style and has its magnificent presence standing on the hill and surrounded by a beautiful park. If you have time, you can have a guided tour there during the summer period.
Number two: The Parliament. You can get there in about 10 minutes, if you walk from the Royal palace down the Karl Johans Gate. While doing that, you pass by Oslo university where the Nobel piece price is awarded in an official ceremony. The architecture of the Parliament building is completely different to what you see in the city. It is thought to be one of the most charming parliament buildings in Europe. You can also have a guided tour here.
Number 3: The Marina. I love the promenade with restaurants everywhere and stairs where you can sit and have your ice cream while watching beautiful yachts. When I am somewhere for such a short time, I don’t like running around all the historical and cultural staples, just to make sure I saw everything. I also like to enjoy the place, relax and see the real life. Therefore, walking along the Marina was my third thing to do.
In Oslo, everything is very close and walk-able distances. After 24 hours in Oslo, you will know the centre pretty well and it is hard to get lost. There are many more things to see and visit, like The Viking Ship Museum or National Gallery with Edvard Munch’s famous “The Scream” painting. But there is a limit in what you can do in one day.
If you really like to have a good food and like Asian, Mr Bay restaurant is a place to go. It is quite similar type of food like in Hakkasan, which you can read about here, and the quality is outstanding. During the day and if the weather allows, Olivia restaurant and its terrace is a great place to have an informal lunch of pizza or pasta.
24 hours in Oslo is not much, but I feel like I have been there much longer. I have seen a bit of everything. Culture, life, shopping and managed to enjoy all that with my friends. The weather was amazing with a bit of a breeze so I wore simple outfit with jeans, wool merino top and white jacket. We were walking a lot so I chose to wear these flat super comfy slip on shoes.
Bag: Chanel Boy (similar here and here), Top: Uniqlo (similar here), Jeans: Balenciaga (similar here and here), Jacket: Club Monaco (similar here), Shoes: Carvela (similar here), Sunglasses: Linda Farrow (similar here and here)
And what about you? Have you been in any city for just 24 hours and still managed to have a good time?
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