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Colors of Oslo - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

THE ROYAL PALACE The ancient Vikings' city of Oslo is rich not only with natural beauties, but also with numerous traditions, customs, and beliefs. Norwegian society in general - is a set of quiet and hard-working couch potatoes, so the massive celebrations in the capital are rare phenomena. Instead, local people amicably and with pleasure are engaged in all kinds of winter sports. Moreover, residents really enjoy small frequent travels. Despite all the worries and harsh climate, families together with kids and pets choose the next direction for vacation.
One of the most attractive designer hotels in Oslo, Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, is open near the bank of the Akerselva River. The elegant design of the hotel is full of bright colors. There … Open
Norwegian people possess a restrained and calm nature; they are not inclined to the cult of fancy, beautiful clothes or exclusive food. Traditional Christmas dishes are cooked according to family recipes, which have got from great-grandmother; the range of clothes and accessories does not shine with variety. The only exception in the ascetic way of life of the northern people is ice cream. The passion for this dairy delicacy spread from the capital to a tiny village beyond the Arctic Circle.
In Oslo, people like the American lifestyle, which is expressed in the negligent style of clothes, love for fast food and even accent. Locals prefer to spend weekends noisy and with fun, respect high-quality alcoholic beverages, and casual communication. High career ambitions and education - on weekends it all makes sense for Norwegians who want to have a good time. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
A prestigious and high-class hotel in Oslo, Continental, is open not far from the center of the city. The historical hotel has kept its authentic look as much as possible, so even nowadays, … Open
Norway is one of the most amazing and beautiful Scandinavian countries, and Oslo is its heart and soul. It is interesting not only for its stunning landscapes but also for its deep customs and traditions. Oslo is rightfully famous for its numerous festivals and events. The variety of cultural events turns Oslo into one of the most attractive cities for music lovers, movie addicts, fans of art and lovers of noisy holidays. Summer and autumn are especially rich with the number of music festivals. The majority are held in the open air. One of the largest is the Granittrock. This festival has some special characteristic features: for several years, visitors have a free access to the concerts and a ban on alcohol. If you prefer more heavy music then visit the Inferno Festival, unlike the first, which, due to the specifics of the genre, is more closed, with age restrictions for visitors. In addition to concerts, Inferno guests get the opportunity to use tattoo artists and watch horror films.
Storting The audience with a refined taste will appreciate the program of the International Festival of Church Music and the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. These events allow you to listen to classical works and masterpieces performed by the best musicians in Norway and other countries. In turn, the Ultima Festival, which started as a musical one, gradually changed its role. Now, its program includes film exhibitions, puppet shows, and opera productions. The acquaintance with different genres of contemporary art implies the Autumn Art Exhibition, where you can face the latest and most controversial solutions in the field of composition and technique. December 10, at the Oslo City Hall, the solemn ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize takes place. It is awarded for outstanding scientific researches, revolutionary inventions and a major contribution to the culture and development of society. This award enjoys international recognition as the most honorable civilian distinction.
Fans of the culture of the past will not be limited in the choice of hotels in Oslo. Most probably, they will be fascinated with the charming Saga Hotel Oslo. This hotel is open in a … Open
Not surprising that during Christmas holidays, the Norwegian capital becomes absolutely beautiful. The preparation for these holidays starts very early. The city is decorated natural huge Christmas tree and lights of garlands. During all December and early January, you will be able to enjoy numerous Christmas fairs, where you can buy the main Norwegian Christmas treat - ginger biscuits. The most spectacular and bright events are held in the port of Oslo. Here you can watch amazing firework shows. In general, the idea of coming to Oslo during winter and New Year holidays is perfect, but you should consider two things. First of all, it will cost you the good amount of money to spend New Year vacation here in Oslo, and, secondly, during holidays the majority of establishments, restaurants, and shops do not work. So, if you really desire to spend a magical vacation here, Google in advance what establishments will be opened, study the prices and pick up something suitable.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Oslo and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Oslo
♥   Sankt Olav domkirke, Oslo, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Oslo
♥   Castle 'Akershus Castle' , 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Royal Palace' Oslo, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Uranienborg Castle' , 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Oscarshall' , 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vækerø Gård' , 5.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Skaugum' , 18.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Oscarsborg Fortress' , 28.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Oslo and around

Leonardo Da Vinci Bridge

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
In the surroundings of Oslo, in the town Akershus is the strange bridge, which was named to honor Leonardo da Vinci. It is a unique architectural attraction and has not got the name of the outstanding Italian painter. The history of bridge building is very interesting. According to the historical data, the gifted painter still developed the bridge design for the Sultan Baiaet II in 1502. According to this design, the arch bridge should be built with the extension of 360 meters through the Bay Golden Horn. Such a bold project was considered unfulfillable in the Middle Ages. … Read further

Lier Psykiatriske Sykehus

From the series “Deserted Places Causing the Feeling of Chill”
The mere mention of the mental hospitals can cause uncomfortable feelings. Abandoned mental hospitals feature very special sinister atmosphere. The Norwegian city of Lier has the old psychiatric hospital Lier Sykehus. The latter is known to the whole world, because terrible experiments on patients have being conducted there for many years. This hospital is a historic place. It was opened in 1926 and occupied a complex of more than a dozen huge buildings. … Read further
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If you want to enjoy a panorama of Bergen and take memorable photographs, the Floban Funicular will take you to a mountain above the city. The ride lasts only 8 minutes, after which you will see the entire Bergen behind your feet. Don’t leave this hospitable city without exploring its popular attractions such as the Bergen Castle and fish market. Read this

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Traditions and festivals in cities around Oslo

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Oslo. Learn the best periods to visit Oslo to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Oslo.
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