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You're Going to Love Oslo

Norway's capital city is industrious, elegant, and creative, with outdoor attractions, museums and galleries, and plenty of nightlife. It's small enough to see by foot and has a superb public transportation system.

Oslo is great if you want to blend cultural activities with sports, shopping, or fine dining. You can feast on artworks by Norwegian painters like Edvard Munch, learn about one of the world's great writers at the Ibsen Museum, or catch a classical concert at the Oslo Konserthus.

Lovers of the outdoors can catch a tram to ski slopes at Holmenkollen or cycle in forests like Sognsvann. History fans can tour sites like the Royal Palace, while in the evening everyone can enjoy Grünerløkka where bars like Ryes and Schouskjelleren serve fabulous food and drink all night long.

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When to Visit Oslo

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If you want to focus on sightseeing, museums, and shopping, Oslo is at its best in the summer. While temperatures rarely top 80 degrees Fahrenheit, you can expect warm weather (and even head to beaches like Tjuvholmen as it gets really warm). However, winter is great too, especially if you love to ski. There's not really a bad time to visit.

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How to Get to Oslo

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Where to Stay in Oslo

Oslo has a wide range of accommodation options in every price bracket. If you want to stay in genuine luxury, try city center options like the Grand Hotel Oslo, which houses the world's Nobel Prize winners during the awards ceremony. Other great boutique hotels include the First Hotel Grims Grenka and the oddly named but comfortable The Thief hotel, while budget travelers can find dorms for low prices at Anker Hostel.

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Shopping Streets

Oslo is Norway's fashion and design center, and it's also the country's retail hub, so if you're into fashion, jewelry or art, it's a great place to hunt for bargains. Bogstadveien is the major shopping street for chain stores. But shopping in Grünerløkka is more fun. Visit on Sunday to check out the antiques and crafts market and check out small stores on Markveien like Velouria Vintage or Galleri Markveien.

Groceries and Other

Vacationers can save plenty of money during their stay in Oslo by self-catering and shopping at supermarkets like Rema 1000, Bunnpris, and Kiwi. Expect prices to be around kr60 for a gallon of milk and kr10 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Oslo

Food is one of the greatest attractions in Oslo. In the city center, Maaemo is one of the icons of the "New Nordic Cuisine" and has two Michelin stars, but booking early is advisable. Statholdergaarden blends an elegant setting with gourmet food, while just out of town Grefsenkollen has a homely, rustic feel as well as expert chefs. If your budget is creaking, there are also Thai, Indian, and pizza joints like Pizza da Mimmo that can fill you up with great food at a reasonable price. Expect pizzas and kebabs to cost around kr180, while three-course gourmet meals can cost upwards of kr600.