Oslo Rådhus (City Hall)
The Oslo Rådhus (City Hall) is a prominent building at the Oslo harbour front.
The building is designed by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson in 1918. In the 1920's a part of the old town center, the so-called Pipervika, was rebuild to free the space needed for the City Hall. The construction started in 1931, but was halted by World War II
The official opening was in 1950.
In this building the annual Nobel Peace Price presentation ceremony is held.
Statues and street decor
It seems that wherever you go in the city, there are statues, water fetaures and unexpected clusters of memorials & monuments.
There are many conventional examples and then some not so conventional.
The city of Oslo
The city of Oslo has many old buildings, churches and palaces to see. I was not particular looking for those but when passed by I took this picture somewhere in the centre.
The tourist info in Oslo is very good. In fact, if you are stuck, they will do everything within their capacity to assist you. They do not purely serve their members, but perform genuine, no discrimination advice on services and info about just about anything. You can arrive Oslo and be pretty sure they will manage to get you some kind of accommodation on the spot. Maybe not the best, but something. The Tourist Information offices (marked with the infamous "i") are officially approved and licenced.
There is a good one (accommodation specialists!) at the Oslo Central railway station, and this one on the photo on Roald Amundsens gate just in front of the City Hall.
What can I say? It's a great...
What can I say? It's a great city, friendly people, very nice architecture, tons of museums, loads of greens and flowers, the home of the Nobel Preace Prize, nice food, nice drink - and all at quite a high price!! It's an expensive place. I don't think I ever spend as much money in any other city within 3 days. But it was well worth it and will gladly do it again :o)
When you're in a restaurant you can order water for free. A beer costs about NOK50-75 (~£4.30-£6.50).
You can save quite a bit of money when you get yourself the Oslo Card. It's available in hotels, tourist informations, campsites... The prices start at NKR180 for adults and NKR60 for children for 1 day. A family (2 adults, 2 children) card for one day costs NKR395. With it you get free travel in Oslo on the trams, buses and tube (T-bane) during the day. You get free entrance to a lot of the big museums, discounts on sightseeing tours, car rental, theatre tickets, free parking in municipal car parks, etc...
Visit the Tourist Information in the harbour. They have lots of brochures of attractions and activities that will keep you occuppied for the whole time you're visiting.
All major credit cards are accepted everywhere you go, which makes it very easy to go over budget in no time :o) What I enjoyed most was the harbour. I was lucky with the weather and did fjord sightseeing, enjoying the speedboat races, the live bands (the Jazz festival was on at the time), sipping a nice cold beer on one of the terraces, watching the sun go down from the top of the walls of the old fortress, the open air expositions... It never was boring when I went down to the Harbour district.