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Around the fourteenth century Olso had a population of 3,000 and was the home of King Håkon V, famous for commissioning the Akershus Castle and Fortress. In 1624, the city was destroyed in a large fire. Denmark’s King Christian IV rebuilt it, but renamed the city Christiania. In 1925, the name was changed back to Oslo. In the 19th century, Oslo experienced many of the same changes as other large cities across Europe. Industrialisation made its mark on the Akerselva district, and the city grew quickly. The central parts of Oslo, around the Karl Johans Gate Boulevard and the Royal Palace, are simply referred to as Centrum, the centre. Noteworthy sights in this area are the Stortinget Parliament building and Oslo Cathedral. Akershus castle and fortress are located in the heart of the city right next to the Oslo fjord. Another big tourist attraction is Aker Brygge, right across the water from Akershus fortress. Here you can find restaurants, shopping malls, cosy promenade areas and the terminal for the Nesodden boats. Kvadraturen is a historical area with seventeenth century Danish buildings not far from it. Trendy Grünerløkka district at Akerselva offers some of the better bars and shops. Neighbouring Grønland is known for its colourful and multicultural range. Frogner and Majorstuen, in western Oslo, are fashionable parts of the city with shops and restaurants that attract many people.
Oslo is a lively city that will never leave you bored or in dire need of things to do. There are frequently festivals and concerts all around the city. Each season has its own charm and there is just as much activity in winter time as in the summer.
Oslo is a exceptionally modern capital with a large variety of ethnic cuisines, fast food outlets, gourmet restaurants and classic eateries such as Theatercaféen. Prepare for high prices, for oil revenue have made Oslo into one of the world’s most expensive cities.
Oslo has a teeming urban scene and enjoys a proximity to sublime landscapes; every one of the city's districts has its own characteristic mark. Hence you can easily find a cosy cafe in Oslo to rest your legs.
Oslo has a lot of fun places to go for a night out on the town. The city's neighbourhoods have different characteristics. The central area has a lot to offer, but if you want a more relaxed evening you should head to Grünerløkka for a beer. In Grønland you can buy the cheapest beer in Oslo, while Frogner offers a more elegant atmosphere.
You will find everything in Oslo: shopping malls, department stores, small boutiques, shopping streets with hundreds of small shops and retailers, charming antique shops, flea markets, suppliers of exclusive international brand names and local handicraft shops. The city centre around Karl Johans gate is a pedestrian precinct with several global chains like H&M and Benetton. Larger shopping malls and department stores in the area are Oslo City, Byporten, Glassmagasinet, Steen & Strøm, Paleet and Aker Brygge.
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