Frogner Walk, Oslo

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.
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Frogner Walk Map

Guide Name: Frogner Walk
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: karen
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Albin Upp Gallery & Art Café

1) Albin Upp Gallery & Art Café

Albin Upp Gallery & Art Café has a unique interior that takes you back to the 19th century. This place is both a gallery displaying Norwegian art and craftsmanship and a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or have a drink. You can also check out temporary exhibits of contemporary artists here.
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Feinschmecker

2) Feinschmecker

Feinschmecker owned by Oslo’s gastronomic elite offers a great combination between high standard Norwegian food and service. Elegant interior and charming atmosphere creates wonderful impressions. The high quality taste and look of the food is always maintained by its owners Lars Erik Underthun and Bengt Wilson both representing great names in Norwegian restaurants industry.
Opening Hours: Mon-sat From 5:00 P.m.; Sunday Closed
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Frogner Church

3) Frogner Church

Frogner Church, one of Oslo’s most attractive modern places of worship, is found on Bygdøy alle in the borough of the same name. An affluent, suburban area to the west of the city center, Frogner lies between central Oslo and the Bygdøy peninsula, home to many museums and cultural attractions. The church, notable for its tower topped with a triangular copper roof, was built and consecrated in 1907. It was designed by local architect, Ivar Naess, in the late Normanic style, with Romanesque features in both the interior and exterior. The church’s congregation belongs to the Church of Norway, the country’s national religious organisation. Church of Norway services are still held here each Sunday.

The main facade of Frogner Church is made of granite, with the facades leading into the courtyards composed from brick. It is considered to be one of the city’s finest churches. The building is sandwiched amongst houses and apartment buildings, which is particularly unusual in Oslo. These were built some twenty years after the church itself, when the surrounding neighborhood was created. Frogner Church is located within the picturesque Gimlehøyden district, which was built around the church building. Designed by Harald Hals, Harald Aars and Lorentz Ree, it is the home of several international embassies.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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American Lutheran Church

4) American Lutheran Church

American Lutheran Church of Oslo was built in 1964. The reason of building this church was that many Americans came to live in Oslo after the 2nd World War and NATO’s membership. The modern building of the church was built by Søvik, Methri & Mattson of Northfield, architects. Here you will hear hymns from different traditions and a special care that make inter-cultural marriages.
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Bygdøy allé

5) Bygdøy allé

One of the famous shopping streets is Bygdøy allé also called Chestnut Street. Several years ago has taken back the reputation of a shopping street. Here you can find design galleries, kitchens and kitchenware shops, exclusive Norwegian furniture.
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Artgate

6) Artgate

Artgate is an art gallery that houses collections of graphic art by some of Norway's most appreciated artists. Norway has a long tradition of graphic printing and this is a great place to learn more about it.
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Nor Moske

7) Nor Moske

North Mosque, which belongs to Ahmadiyya congregation, became famous in Oslo about 20 years ago when a Nazi bomb exploded the building. Ahmadiyya congregation consider themselves a part of the Moslem religion, but at the same time the Moslems consider them heretics. They usually do not practice calling public for prairies as other Moslems do.
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Frogner Park

8) Frogner Park (must see)

Frogner Park (Norwegian: Frognerparken) is a public park located in the borough of Frogner in Oslo, Norway, and historically part of Frogner Manor. The manor house is located in the south of the park and houses the Oslo City Museum. Both the park and the entire borough derive their names from Frogner Manor.

Frogner Park contains, in its present center, the world famous Vigeland installation (Norwegian: Vigelandsanlegget), a permanent sculpture installation created by Gustav Vigeland between the 1920s and 1943. Although sometimes incorrectly referred to as the "Vigeland (Sculpture) Park," the Vigeland installation is not a separate park, but the name of the sculptures within Frogner Park. The sculpture park consists of sculptures as well as larger structures such as bridges and fountains. The park of Frogner Manor was historically smaller and centered around the manor house, and was landscaped as a baroque park in the 18th century by its owner, the noted military officer Hans Jacob Scheel. In addition to the sculpture park, the manor house and a nearby pavilion, the park also contains Frognerbadet (the Frogner Baths) and Frogner Stadium. In the center of the park, the Frogner Pond is found.

Frogner Park is the largest park in the city and covers 45 hectares and the sculpture installation is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Frogner Park is the most popular tourist attraction of Norway, with between 1 and 2 million visitors each year, and is open to the public at all times.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most unique artistic experiences imaginable. Even if you're not into art, Vigeland's opus is amazing.
Each of the five areas offers a different experience and the walk in the park suddenly becomes something totally different and memorable.

Tip:
Check out the rose garden, and if you have time, the Oslo City Museum in the old farm buildings (also free to enter).
If the weather is suitable you could even take a swim in the open air swimming pool.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Oslo City Museum

9) Oslo City Museum

The Oslo City Museum is located at Frogner Manor, within the leafy environs of Vigeland Sculpture Park. The museum charts the cultural history and development of the city of Oslo over the last thousand years. Oslo was founded in 1048 by King Harald III, but was practically destroyed by fire in 1624. After this tragedy, the city was moved and rebuilt around Akershus Castle by King Christian IV. The city then became known as Christiania in his honor. In the 1800s as the city grew, Christiania became a municipality, incorporating nearby historic towns like Aker and Bygdøy. The largest city in Norway throughout the region’s turbulent history, it became capital of a newly independent Norway in the early 20th century, and was renamed Oslo once again in 1924.

The museum covers the entire thousand year existence of the city through a collection of permanent exhibitions. The site also contains one of Norway’s largest art galleries. The manor house where the museum is based was built in the 18th century, and boasts an impressive interior that dates from 1750 to 1900. The museum is open from 11am to 4pm throughout the year, with guided tours of Frogner Manor available in the summer months. Admission to the museum and manor house is free of charge.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm.
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Vigeland Museum

10) Vigeland Museum (must see)

Vigeland-museet, or the Vigeland Museum, is located in the Frogner district of Oslo. It was created as a tribute to Gustav Vigeland, a renowned Norwegian sculptor. Vigeland himself first offered to donate a large portion of his works to Oslo council in 1919. Two years later, work started on a building to house Vigeland’s donated collection. It was designed in the neo-Classical style by Lorentz Ree and Carl Buch. The building was completed in 1930. Vigeland himself took up residence in one of the many studios that were rented out to artists. The museum functioned as a sculpture gallery and school.

Following Vigeland’s death in 1943, the museum was opened to the public in 1947, as a memorial to the artist. Today, it is funded and owned by the city council. The Vigeland Museum contains small sculptures, paintings and sketches by Vigeland and other Norwegian artists. Vigeland’s larger works are gathered in the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the outdoor, better-known portion of the museum. It lies to the north of the main building and is a free public park. Both attractions are within easy reach of Oslo city center by tram, and lie within a walking distance of Frogner plass station, on the Frogner line.

Why You Should Visit:
Gives you a much better understanding and appreciation for the outdoor sculpture park.
For some of Vigeland's seminal work, you'll get to see the plaster casts and the concept from paper to initial model to full-scale model.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 12-4pm
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Vigeland Sculpture Park

11) Vigeland Sculpture Park (must see)

Vigeland Sculpture Park lies within Frogner Park, a large public green space in the western suburbs of the city. It covers 80 acres and features 212 statues, all created by Gustav Vigeland, the renowned Norwegian sculptor. It lies next to the Vigeland Museum, which houses many of the artist’s smaller sculptures and paintings. Both attractions were created when Vigeland donated several works to the city of Oslo in 1919. After several years of planning, the park was opened to the public in 1940.

The park’s centerpiece is a bridge, running from the Main Gate to the Fountain sculpture. A third of the park’s sculptures line the route of the bridge, all clad in bronze. Angry Boy, one of the park’s most popular sculptures, can be seen here. At the end of the bridge stands the Fountain, a bronze Gothic sculpture originally designed to stand outside the Norwegian Parliament. It is surrounded by a huge black and white mosaic.

The Monolith, at the highest point of the park, is the most popular attraction here. Designed for this particular spot, it is a giant granite tower, made from one solid piece of rock, featuring over a hundred carved human figures. The park has inspired music and literature and featured in the successful Norwegian independent film ‘Elling’. A free public park, it is open during daylight hours through the year.

Tip:
Combine with the Vigeland Museum located right outside the park. Do it on the same day so that you can compare what you saw in the park to what you see in the museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

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Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Hanshaugen Religious Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Sentrum Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km

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