Travelers to the capital city of Norway should tick on their “must see list” of attractions in Oslo, the beautiful Medieval Park. Located in the central part of the city, the park shares the one thousand years history of the place. When visiting the park not only will you be enchanted by nature but you will also learn about Norwegian culture and history.
Get to know Medieval Park
The name of the park was given due to the existence of ancient ruins in the perimeter of the park; it is thought that the ruins are the proof of human settlements which date back to more than 1, 000 years and for this reason, the Medieval Park is often called the “museum park”. You can discover remainders of St. Olav’s Monastery, which is quite well preserved, that will take you back to the 13th century; also you will be able to visit the ruins of St. Hallvard’s Cathedral which is thought to have been built around 1070 AD.
The park is the location for Øyafestivalen (Øya Festival) – an important musical event in Oslo both at a local and international level; if you come in August you will have the chance to listen live famous international singers (in 2011 Kayne West, Pulp, James Blake) but local gifted vocalists as well. You can expect to a vivid atmosphere, fun, entertaining and cultural activities (festival market, political debate) included in the program that will make your experience unique.
Good to know about Medieval Park
The Medieval Park or translated ‘Middelalderparken’ was opened to the public in 2000 and is located in Gamlebyen area (it is the oldest part of Oslo), Gamle Oslo district.
From the Oslo Central Station to the Medieval Park there is 10 minutes walking distance.
Any time of the year Medieval Park can offer a nice experience; either you come in the cold season and you bring your skates with you for the frozen lake within the park, or you come in the summer time and participate to the great music festival, Øya Festival, you will definitely remain with nice memories.
Reasons to stop by the park could also be for a walk, to get a peaceful time or to give your lungs a cure of oxygen and a time away from the dust and smoke of the daily urban life.
When is warm you can also enjoy sunbathing.
What to see near Medieval Park
The Medieval Park is a historical site itself worth visiting and as it is placed in the Gamlebyen area, it makes it easy from here to discover the oldest part of the Norwegian capital by foot. This area is embroidered with traditional and modern restaurants and bars, textiles shops and fruits and vegetables market.
Some of the attractions near the park, worth a visit are Akershus Castle (medieval castles, 1299), Armed Forces Museum (learn about Vikings’s military), Munch Museum (paintings by Edvard Munch) and many more you can choose from, but be aware to be selective and allow you enough time for each of them.