European City for 5 days
Posted on Nov 11, 2013 by
Two recommendations - Oslo & Munich.
OSLO First, Oslo....It`s probably not going to make it to your short list because of its distance from Warsaw and Prague, as well as its reputation for being expensive, but Oslo would be a great choice for an 11 yr old boy.
It`s easy to get around and has a scenic locale on the Oslofjord. I can recommend the 3-star Cecil Hotel at Stortingsgata 8 in the center of town within easy walking distance of the harbour. Current listed price for a double room is just over $200 CDN and that comes with a huge breakfast held in an attractive atrium. When I was there the atrium also had free fruit in the afternoons.
Just a few of Oslo`s attractions:
1. Vikingskiphuset (Viking Ship Museum): excavated Viking ships circa 800–900 AD(best-preserved Viking ships in the world)
2. Kon-Tiki Museum housing Thor Heyerdahl’s famous raft in which he sailed 7000 km from South America to Polynesia
3. Holmenkollen - ski museum and spectacular ski jump tower
4. Polar Ship Fram - ship used by
Roald Amundsen to reach Antarctica on his expedition to the South Pole in 1911
5. TusenFryd amusement park with a huge roller coaster named the SpeedMonster
6. Vigeland Park: 200 eye-popping granite and bronze sculptures by Gustav Vigeland
7. Akershus Castle (medieval castle) overlooking the harbour with dungeons and the Resistance Museum which details German occupation in Norway during WWII
1. Reason I thought of Munich is the Deutsches Museum, the largest scientific-technological museum in the world and to my mind, the best.
I visited many years ago and it`s a beauty full of interactive bells and whistles that will keep your son (and you)
2. BMW Museum, scheduled to reopen in the Spring of 2008 - the new one should be worth
3. Side trip to Dachau concentration camp
4. Side trip to Neuschwanstein – King Ludwig`s castle
5. Side trip by train to the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain.
All the best for a fun trip with your son wherever you go!