17. August 2016

Oslo Travel Guide



8 Tage Oslo und Umgebung? Für eine Stadt mit nur 600 000 und ein bisschen Einwohnern scheint das eine ganz schön lange Zeit zu sein. Doch in 8 Tage ganz Norwegen erleben ist dann auch wieder ein wenig hoch gegriffen. Was man also in einer Woche mit möglichst wenig Geld so machen kann erfahrt ihr hier. Einige Tipps und Tricks inklusive!

8 days in an around Oslo? For a city with a population of only about 600 000 this seems to be quite a long time. But visiting all of Norway in only 8 days is also a little bit too much. So, here is what you can do in Oslo in one week - some tips and tricks included!




Für alle Museums-Fans und Stadt-Wanderer, die es gewohnt sind einiges zu marschieren und vollgepackte Sightseeing-Tage zu erleben, ist der Oslo-Pass eine wunderbare Idee. Den Pass kann man entweder für 24, 48 oder 72 Stunden kaufen und damit die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel (Tram, Metro, Bus und Fähre) nutzen und bekommt freien Eintritt zu vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten und Rabatte. Damit sich der Pass allerdings wirklich lohnt, sollte man in der Zeit schon einiges unternehmen. Ich kann auf jeden Fall das Edward Munch Museum, das Henrik Ibsen Museum, das Nobel Peace Center und das Norsk Folkemusseum empfehlen. Letzteres ist am besten mit der Fähre zu erreichen, denn es liegt auf der Halbinsel Bygdøy. Es ist ein Freilichtmuseum, das alte norwegische Häuser und das damalige Leben dort in der Stadt und auf dem Land zeigt. Außerdem ist das Henrik Ibsen Museum für alle Literatur-Fans zu empfehlen, denn das Highlight ist, dass man die Wohnung des Dramatikers besichtigen und dort sein original und seit seinem Tod unverändertes Arbeitszimmer bestaunen kann. 

For all those of you who like to walk around a lot in only one day and pack your days with lots of sightseeing, the oslo pass is a great option. It allows you to use the public transport (tram, metro, bus and ferry) and gives you free entry in many museums and other tourist attractions. But it takes a lot of sightseeing to make the oslo pass pay off. My favourite museums: the norsk folkemuseum (where you can see many old norwegian houses - the museum is outside) and the Henrik Ibsen museum (where you can walk into his actual apartment and see his working space which is still like he left it when he died). 





Auch ein Helfer in der Not: die Visit Oslo App und die dazugehörige Website. Sie gibt Tipps zu Sehenswürdigkeiten, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars und Cafés und so weiter. 

It also is quite helpful to use the visit oslo app and the website because it gives lots of tips about sights, hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés. 


Und zuletzt einige Tipps zu den verschiedenen Vierteln und Sehenswürdigkeiten / And now some tipps about the neighbourhoods and sights:





Ein Viertel, dass man unbedingt gesehen haben sollte ist Grünerløkka. Mit Cafés, Bars und der wunderschönen Straßenkunst ist das Viertel ein echter Hingucker. Und: definitiv nicht so touristisch wie viele andere Orte. 

A neighbourhood you definetely have to visit is Grünerløkka. Cafés, bars and beautiful streetart make this place a must see. And it's also less touristic than other places. 




Das lohnt sich: Wer sich sportlich betätigen will kann sich einen der vielen Parks aussuchen, oder auch das Stadion Bislett. Dort kann man für umsonst in dem Stadion trainieren. 

Great idea for sporty people: if you want to train in Oslo, you can choose from all the different parks or you can run inside the Bislett stadium for free!




Wir haben eine kleine Wanderung am Holmenkollen unternommen und der beste Tipp ist: nehmt eine Regenjacke mit, denn das Wetter ändert sich schnell. Und wenn ein Norweger sagt es regnet in einer halben Stunde, dann stimmt das auch. Übrigens: Blaubeeren am Wegesrand? Lecker!

We went on a hike around the Holmenkollen and what's most important: take a rain jacket with you because the weather changes really fast! And if a norwegian person tells you that in half an hour it's going to rain, than it will rain in half an hour. Blueberries along the path? Yummy!


8. August 2016

Travel Diary: Oslo

It feels like the last two years I have travelled to more places than I have ever before. I have been to Nepal, I went on a roadtrip through Ireland, I lived in Brussels for 5 months and now I just came back from a trip to Norway. In Brussels we met the nicest girls in the world and it seemed like they were almost all from Norway. We got along so well and it was more than sad to leave Brussels and our time together behind. In situations like this, you always promise each other that you'll see each other again very soon, that you'll travel to their country and they will visit you - but in the end, most of the time that never happens. But I feel like at the moment I am really making lots of these promises true. With my all time travel buddy Larissa, I drove all the way to Berlin (10 hours on a bus) and from there we went on a plane to Oslo. We spend almost 8 days in Olso and had a great time seeing our norwegian friends and exploring the city. One day we even visited 6 museums - sore legs were included. Here is what we did: 


We stayed in an apartment - thanks to Air BnB, we had a place to come back to every evening, a place all to ourselves. We were able to cook our own food, what's really convenient in a country where food is quite expensive.


The neighborhood (Bislett) was very quiet and we had many supermarkets and a tram station just around the corner. The public transport was really helpful and we sometimes enjoyed taking the tram or the metro after walking all the time.

We explored the neighbourhood "Grünerlokka", which is full of beautiful streetart and really nice bars and cafes.




The opera right at the Fjord is really impressive. And the best about it is that you can walk all the way to the top and you'll have a great view of the city.



The main shopping street "Karl Johans Gate" leaded us to the castle. Fun Fact about the weather: If the sky is all dark and cloudy it doesn't mean that there will be rain. Because in some minutes it can all be gone and sunny. Or the other way around.





A place we really enjoyed was the Frognerparken with the Vigelandsparken. First we went there to run in the morning, then we came back later to take pictures of the beautiful statues.






I definetely have to go back to Norway again because I have to see more of its beautiful nature. That's on my list now more than ever!


We also went to the Holmenkollen to see the jumping tower and to walk through the forest. We got really wet in the end but it was a great adventure.