The modern look and repose in Oslo
The capital city of Norway, Oslo, is one of the oldest cities in Europe but in its modern version one of the newest and most expensive in the world. Recognised as a Global City the city is a hub for maritime activities, international trade, business, scientific and diplomatic moves. A city with fine tourist attractions, it is Norway’s pride as well as the European culture too. Its maritime activities are remarkable with over 900 companies involved in ship-building, overseas trade and shipping insurance facilities.
There are some remarkable parks in and around the city centre. Vigeland Park is a very fine park drawing a great influx of tourists. St.Hanshaugen Park is another park offering great repose sporting an outdoor stage as well. Toyen Park is another sought after park full of greenery and natural habitat.
One remarkable thing about Oslo is its proximity to mountains in all other directions except the port. The forests in the mountain area are verdant and afford a fine retreat from the bustle of modern city life. Visitors and local population take full advantage of these natural resorts to enjoy themselves the bounties of nature. There are some nice swimming pools, too, like Tayenbadet very much loved by the users.
Stortinget is an elegant building, where the parliament of Norway is situated. Aesthetically very satisfying, it reflects the architectural greatness of the place. The Royal Palace is another place to be viewed with by discerning visitors for its grace and ambience.
Normally business buildings are no aesthetic delight but in Oslo it is an exception. The Oslo Business Centre sports a cluster of buildings remarkable for their grace, symmetry and facilities. Maritime business is the life blood of Norwegians and the buildings integrate the beauty and utility of the place. More than 6,000 shops dock at the port each year and one can visualize the impact on the economy of the nation.
There are more than 12 great universities in Oslo, making it a fine educational centre as well. People from all over Europe and other parts of the world throng to the nice academic atmosphere available in Oslo. As an international centre of education the courses offered are diverse and extremely practical in nature to suit the international requirements of the times.
Even such prosaic places like airport, metro and train centres are remarkable for their aesthetic grace and charms. Oslo International Airport, Oslo Central Station and Metro central are remarkable for convenience and visual delight. Not to be omitted is the grand sight of Trams too, which sport a very modern look and serve their own purposes very well. One should not fail to mention the cycles which are available for hire. Conscious of green surroundings, people are encouraged to use cycles as much as possible and the easy access within the city has made it a popular mode of conveyance. Oslo Plaza, Oslo National Theatre, and even ordinary squares in many places ooze with grace and charm.
Can one ever forget the great role of Oslo in awarding Nobel Prizes to people of distinction in many areas of human endeavour? It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee that chooses the winners of this coveted prize.
There are more than 50 museums in Oslo, some of them specialising in areas like ship-building and other maritime activities. So, apart from repose and recreation one has plenty of opportunities to satisfy intellectual curiosities as well. Vigeland cultural park and National Museum deserve particular mention.
The tourist will not lack any lusture in night life either. Sumptuous food and great drinks are available in scores of elegant pubs and restaurants.
Oslo is a dreamland weaving its own magic and leaving a lasting impression in the minds of the tourists.