A few observations after a few days in the Norwegian capital.
– I’m sure that somewhere something here is relatively inexpensive. I doubt I’ll find it in my lifetime.
– I don’t know about weekends, but it’s absolutely impossible to find a restaurant whose kitchen is open after 11 pm. Rather annoying in a major European capital. If you don’t believe me, at least you’ll have a decent on-foot tour of the city while on your search.
– I’ve been here a few times before, but am still amazed at how well virtually everyone speaks English. Much better than a lot of Clevelanders I know.
– This is a great city for public art!
– You’re an absolute fool if you don’t take the airport express train into town. About 20 minutes from airport to Central Station, 160 NOK (19.80 Eur), departures every 20 minutes in both directions.
A few must visits:
– The Munch Museet (Museum), once again home to The Scream after it was recovered in late 2006 following its theft in August 2004. It’s next to the Toyen Park, a sprawling lush botanical garden which also is a required stroll.
– The City Hall. At first glance, not an inspired piece of architecture from the outside, but it grows on you. Inside is a visual feast. Plenty of groovy murals depict Norwegian history. (I’ve been here a few times for private events, but there are regular visitor hours.)
– If you plan to spend at least 24 hours, get the Oslo card, which gives you free travel on public transport (buses, trams and metro) as well as free admission to just about all museums. 210 NOK (26 Euro) for 24 hours.