Oslo is home to world-class museums and restaurants with a vibrant social scene, combining nature and city life. Markets are for mingling with the locals, notably the second-hand and antique markets on Vestkanttorvet Square every Saturday and the Birkelund fleamarket in Grünerløkka. The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo, including the bright and colorful summer houses, the city core of Oslo and the fairy tale-like shaped hills and mountains further behind. The Botanical Garden is the best place to relax, surrounded by 1800 different plants with a Scent Garden and two houses containing exotic plants from around the world. To discover Oslo’s history, visit the Akershus Fortress, located in the city centre by the Oslo Fjord. A unique attraction is the Viking Ship Museum that has the world’s two best preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century on display. For Edvard’s Munch’s The Scream and Madonna, and paintings by Cézanne and Manet, head to the National Gallery. There is even a Fairy Tale Room where you can meet princesses, trolls and other fairy tale creatures. Oslo’s City Hall is one of the city’s great landmarks, adorned with a huge clock face and a rich fresco inside created by many famous Norwegian artists. The heart and soul of the city is the Aker Brygge Area. It was built around an abandoned shipyard, bustling day and night with stunning architecture that will take your breath away. The main attraction of Oslo is the free Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park), a unique sculpture park by sculptor Gustav Vigeland, with 650 sculptures with a beautiful architectural park outline and design. The best thing to do is to take a walk along the river with no purpose other than to enjoy your surroundings, like a local. The best place to do that is along the Aker River, especially in September when the electric lights are replaced by torches and candles, setting a scene for a magical walk along the river.