Though a 1000-year old city, it flaunts a modernist architecture. The city fairly simple to navigate and one can just pick a few maps and guides and set out on a self-guided tour. Some of the major attractions include the Akershus Fortress, the national theatre, Royal palace, Oslo Cathedral, Nobel Peace Centre, Frogner Park, amongst others.
Have a breakfast of shrimp sandwich and coffee at one of many outdoor cafes, walk down to the Nobel Museum at the seaside. During evenings at the seaside, and nights at the city center, look out for a young guy playing electronic music in the open - he plays very well (and his music is definitely better than the music they play in Hard Rock Oslo unfortunately)
I am about to share one of Oslo’s biggest secrets, an affordable place to stay that will please the most discerning traveler. In a city that has been named one of the most expensive in the world, finding cheap accommodation is as rare as finding a pint of beer for less than ten pounds. (Fifteen bucks for you Americans.)
Hostel Oslo Central, part of Hostelling International Norway, only recently opened up it’s doors. The location is incredible, a short walk from Oslo Central Station, smack in the middle of everything you’d want to see. At this point you are probably thinking, ‘But Jess, it is still a hostel. of course it is cheap.’, but the quality of accommodation, great service, and amazing breakfast are unlike any typical hostel.
Acne Studios is a Stockholm based fashion house founded by Creative director Johnny Johansson. Johansson’s interest in photography, art, architecture and contemporary culture lead to turning Acne Studio into a highly respected creator of pret fashion, magazines, furniture, books and exhibitions. At the Acne Archive (yes, a fashion store called Archive, already sounds super cool), expect all prices to be slashed by at least 50 per cent, with many going as low as 80 per cent off . Since the brand is based in Stockholm, there are lots of one-of-a-kind pieces like runway samples in colourways that were never put in production. acnestudios.com
Blonde and BeautifulA stereotype we all love to believe, this one, disappointingly, proved only half true. However, since we're making sweeping statements here, I might as well go ahead and say that, generally speaking, Stockholm seems to have the best pick of local hotties out of all the cities we visited in the two countries. At times it did feel like everywhere we turned was another Nordic beauty - although it's worth noting that they didn't seem to be any more blonde-haired or blue-eyed than in any other city in Europe.
The change of guards at the Stockholm palace is a treat to watch. The city has numerous museums that one can pick and choose from. Gamla stan, a medieval city manifests the beauty of colourful narrow, winding streets lined with restaurants, cafés and shopping outlets. Other places to visit include the Nobel museum, kungsträdgården, most of which can be covered afoot or one can even opt for a canal tour.
Stockholm features 14 islands connected by a slew of bridges on Lake Mälaren and has an almost mystical charm about it. The city is very lively with an eclectic mix of ultra-modern architecture, a picture-perfect old town (Gamla Stan), and fairy tale-like towers and castles. Stockholm is known as the “Venice of the North” (and rightly so!).
Stockholm is called the capital of Scandinavia and rightly so. It is the grandest of the Scandinavian capital cities, and has a feel about it that cannot be put into words. In Stockholm, you can do anything - you can just walk around absorbing the atmospheric Gamla Stan, you can visit museums and amusement parks, you can visit the many pretty islands and towns on the outskirts or you can sleep in the day and party at night.We chose the walking around and the outskirts, but if our hostel mates were to be believed, sleeping in the day wasn't that bad an option either.
Stockholm features 14 islands connected by a slew of bridges on Lake Mälaren and has an almost mystical charm about it. The city is very lively with an eclectic mix of ultra-modern architecture, a picture-perfect old town (Gamla Stan), and fairy tale-like towers and castles. Stockholm is known as the “Venice of the North” (and rightly so!). It has a great deal of lovely gardens, waterways and roof top cafes. For me Stockholm is extra special-it was here that I witnessed snow for the first time, stayed on an actual boat! and met some really beautiful and friendly Europeans. Its a beautiful city with a lot of history and of course home to our two favorite shopping giants.
Stockholm was a pretty city but it did not have the quaint feel of Tallinn. Lots of snow here too and it snowed everyday we were there with temperatures around 18 degrees. For some reason doughnuts seemed to be a big seller on the streets. We figured we needed to try one - the verdict, okay but not great. Not like a Belgian waffle! The downtown area was like any city with lots of chain stores and restaurants. There were a wide variety of international foods (Italian, Chinese, Thai) to choose from, but really nothing local.