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Asylet, Oslo

Asylet, Oslo

The Asylet is located on Grønland Street, the central thoroughfare in the Oslo district of the same name. Grønland is a bohemian, multicultural district where you can avoid some of the notoriously steep prices found elsewhere in the city. There are a number of modern homes and offices springing up in the area, and a great range of trendy bars, restaurants and exotic food stores.

The Asylet itself is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the area, and indeed the entire city. A two storey complex built from notched timber around a central yard, it has stood here since 1730. It’s unofficial name translates as ‘asylum’, as that was the building’s purpose for many years. Originally built as a merchant’s yard, it has also served as a courthouse, bank division and hospital.

Today, in addition to providing housing along its upper floors, it contains a diverse collection of cafes and restaurants, with al fresco dining available. The complex also houses offices and workshops. A popular spot for Oslo’s citizens to meet, work and relax, it has also been given a less dramatic nickname – Kommunegården, or ‘communal yard’. The building is preserved as a historic monument by the Norwegian government.

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Sight Name: Asylet
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oslo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Oslo Introduction Walk

Oslo Introduction Walk

Oslo is the capital of Norway. The name "Oslo" means the field below the hill or the field of the Gods. The city's ancient roots can be traced as far back as the year 1000. Back then, the area was known as Viken. By 1300, it had a population of about 3,000 residents. Around that time, King Haakon V ordered the construction of the Akershus Fortress which today is a major city...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Also called Oslo's Museum District, Bygdoy is where some of the most visited museums in the city are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. Being one of the world’s most northerly nations, Norway has a long history of venturing into the Arctic; Norwegians were also the first to reach the South Pole. On this self-guided walk you will have a chance to learn about the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Old Oslo Walking Tour

Old Oslo Walking Tour

The Old Town of Oslo is the oldest urban area within the current capital. This part of the capital of Norway was simply called Oslo until 1925 while the city as a whole was called Kristiania. Oslo's old town was established with the urban structure around the year 1000 and was the capital of Norway's dominion in 1314. The main Old Town area has several ruins of stone and brick lying...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Historical Churches Walking Tour

Historical Churches Walking Tour

Learn more about the religious life of Oslo by taking this self-guided walking tour of the city’s most important sacred sights. An interesting variety of design, including Protestant and Catholic churches, can be found on this walk.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Grunerlokka Walking Tour

Grunerlokka Walking Tour

Formerly a working-class area, Grunerlokka is now one of Oslo’s hippest neighborhoods, largely owing its status to the late 20th century gentrification process. The district is named after Friedrich Gruner (1628-1674) who served as the chief administrator of Oslo (then Christiania). Today, it represents a fusion of Norwegian and foreign cultures. Other than the local street art, stylish bars,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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