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Ekebergparken Oslo Reviews

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A lovely walk among sculptures in beautiful scenery Oct 07, 2013
Ekebergparken or the Ekeberg Park is a new sculpture park located on the hill above the city centre. There are several entrances. The lowest entrance is by the Oslo hospital tram stop. If you enter there, it´s a steep trail up the hill. The view of the city and the Oslo fjord is fantastic though. You can also enter through the Ekeberg Camp ground at the top of the hill. I would recommend to start at the main entrance, by the Sjømannsskolen tram stop. That is also where the visitor centre, a café and Ekeberg Restaurant are. At the visitor centre you can learn about the parks history and wildlife, and you can also pick up a map of the park. Across the street from the tram stop there are some rock carvings from the Stone Age (ca 4000 BC). There are also the remains of a farm and burial mounds from the Iron Age (500-1000 BC) in the park.

The sculptures are placed around in the park in beautiful surroundings (along the forest gravel roads, trails, inside the forest and even up in the trees). There are both national and international artists behind the sculptures. I find it quite unique that sculptures by artists like Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Salvador Dalí are placed in such surroundings, without any guards or behind a security fence. You can walk up to them and touch them. All the sculptures have signs with the name of the sculpture and the artist. You can scan the sign and read more about the sculptures on your smart phone and WI-FI is free in the park. You can also download the Ekebergparken App at iTunes App Store or Google Play. It´s free!

On the 26th of September 2013 the Ekeberg Sculpture Park was officially opened. This forest area has been a beloved recreation area for centuries and has a long history. The oldest findings dates back to around 8000 BC. There has been considerable controversy whether this sculpture park is a positive thing or not. A private financier has donated somewhere between 20 and 50 million dollars to the city of Oslo to make this sculpture park possible. The sculptures were in his privat collection. Those who have been against it don´t like that a private person has financed it. Personally I find it very generous. Without his donation there wouldn´t have been a park. The city of Oslo doesn´t have that kind of money to spend on a park project. Some people were also against the cutting of trees in the forest. There has been very little cutting of trees. Mostly it has been to clear old forest trails, to make them more accessible, like they used to be. Having said that, the original plans have been altered quite a bit. Then there is the Ekeberg steps, a "monument" in the park. This was a German cemetery during WWII. Some people done´t like that it has been made a part of the attraction in the park. The graves where moved in 1953, so it´s time to move on if you ask me! There is much older history from that exact area, like the Danish/Swedish war in 1563-70. The final battle took place at the "Swedish Plain" at the bottom of the Ekeberg Steps.

I live near the Ekeberg forest and have used it a lot for hiking. Now, I find it even more interesting. The trails I choose depends on which sculpture I´m in the mood to see that day. The park is open 24/7, 365 days a year and the entrance is free. The vistior centre is open Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.

I can highly recommend a visit to the Ekeberg Sculpture Park. It offers 63 acres of rewarding nature, history and art expereinces. Almost all the sculptures are accessible by wheelchair.
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sarahsan says:
Allie, are you saying that you didn´t already have Norway on your "places to visit" list????? =D
Posted on: Oct 15, 2013
cotton_foam says:
what a great place then!!!
Posted on: Oct 06, 2013
jeminigirl says:
Looks amazing Sarah, think I need to add Norway to my ever expanding list =)
Posted on: Oct 06, 2013
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