Stortorvet, Oslo

Stortorvet, Oslo

Stortovet, or ‘Grand Plaza’, is a central square, west of Oslo Cathedral. Inaugurated in 1736, it has consistently played a central part in the city’s daily life. The square hosted a large market until 1889, and still hosts seasonal markets to this day. Some seventy years later, Stortovet became a major center once again, with the introduction of the Oslo tramway. The square became a central terminus for a number of tram services in the 1960s, and is still well served by trams and buses.

Stortovet also hosted a public demonstration against the union between Sweden and Norway in 1829, when the city was still known as Christiania. Ceded to Sweden by Denmark in the early 19th century and given increasing autonomy, Norway faced a battle to become a fully independent nation, free of influence from their larger neighbors. The tentative union survived until 1905, when Norway became fully independent.

The grand square features a number of well preserved 18th and 19th century buildings, including Glasmagasinet and Stortorvets Gjaestgiveri. The latter, a dual entrance yellow townhouse dating from the construction of the square, is listed as a Norwegian Cultural Heritage Site, meaning it is protected by the government from demolition or development.

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Stortorvet
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Sentrum Walk  

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.
Sentrum Walk

Sentrum Walk

Sentrum, meaning city-center, is located on the southeast side of the city near the inner Oslofjord. The district is dominated by high buildings and valuable tourist attractions. Take this tour to visit Ibsen Museum, as well as Stortinget, National Theater, University of Oslo, National Gallery, Oslo Cathedral and many others.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen used to be small villages not far from the main settlement, then called Christiania. Today these neighborhoods are perfect for exploring historical and cultural heritage of Norway capital. This tour will guide you through the St. Hanshaugen Park, Zoologisk Museum, Botanisk Hage og Museum and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen is the oldest quarter of Oslo. It is located in the very heart of the Sentrum borough and offers plenty of tourist spots to visit. Take this tour to explore the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Gamle Raadhus, Film Museum and many others.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo translated as "Old Oslo" is one of the oldest boroughs in town, as well as one of the biggest. This tour will show you the main attractions of Gamle Oslo district, including Munch Museum, Asylet, Vålerenga Kirke and others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

Frogner is an Oslo borough, located in the West End part of the Norwegian capital, renowned for its exceptional residential and retail facilities. The area is named after Frogner Manor, the site of which is now occupied by the eponymous Frogner Park. Centrally located, this is one of the priciest districts in Oslo, abounding in parks, marinas and pretty architecture. Take this tour to explore the most interesting sites of the borough, including Frogner Church, Oslo City Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Hanshaugen Religious Walk

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

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km

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