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Introduction to Oslo


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Oslo is very much the capital of Norway, and not just in title. A buzzing and lively place, with a culture unrivalled anywhere in Europe, Oslo has a lot to offer travellers, from those who are causal trippers to the more experienced and discerning globetrotter. What’s great about Oslo is that it is the perfect size for exploring on foot, so if you prefer the stroll to the drive, and the opportunity to take in the sights at your leisure through a nice walking pace, then Oslo could very much be the place for you. There is a lot of history in the place, and this stems from the fantastic stories the city has to tell. The city was originally founded in 1049 by King Harald Hadrada. Hadrada’s son set up an impressive cathedral in Oslo, and this set the tone for the place for the years and centuries to come. The mid 14th century bubonic plague brought things to a halt, and the city to its knees. Norway teamed up with Denmark, and in 1624, after years of obscurity, Oslo literally brined to the ground. King Christian IV rebuilt it as a seat of defense. It wasn’t until 1925 that Oslo got it’s name back, and ever since then the city has become a cultural magnet for many visitors. It is here in the National Gallery, for example, that you can see the original version of Edward Munch’s The Scream. With this kind of cultural heritage and the sheer variety of things to do and places to visit, Oslo has become somewhere that anyone can visit, no matter what their cultural tastes or travel preferences. Perhaps the one thing that separates Oslo from so many other European capitals is the fact that it has such an eclectic list of attractions, and a history that is very much still living and breathing.

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