Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk, Oslo (Self Guided)

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.
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Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk Map

Guide Name: Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: karen
St. Hanshaugen Park

1) St. Hanshaugen Park

Probably the most romantic and definitely the quietest region in Oslo is St. Hanshaugen Park, the first large public park outside the city center of Oslo. Located on the hill by Ullevålsveien and Collettsgate it is very attractive so more in summer offering different interesting events both for kids and adults. If want to quench hunger or drink something there are many nice outdoors cafes. Years ago the park location was regarded as worthless and was originally a bare rock hill. In the 1840s the inhabitants of Oslo began to use the park as site for their Midsummer Eve (St. Hans) bonfire. St. Hanshaugen means Midsummer’s Eve Hill in Norwegian. The mixture of intimate and romantic areas in the south together with fabulous views and entertainment in the northern part make the park quite popular. St. Hanshaugen Park has a stage used for outdoor concerts and is hilly with great views to downtown Oslo. St. Hanshaugen Park is also the site of Kongene på Haugen, an annual local music festival.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bergstien Synagogue

2) Bergstien Synagogue

The Bergstien Synagogue is the only synagogue in Oslo. After The Nazi occupation almost all Jews were exterminated. Nobody knows how but the synagogue survived and now is the center of Hebraic community life in the city. It is a beautiful white building built between 1918 and 1920 by Herman Herzog architect.
Old Aker Church

3) Old Aker Church (must see)

The Old Aker Church, known in Norway as Gamle Aker Kirke, is a medieval church in Oslo city centre. Still active today, it is thought to be the oldest surviving church, and possibly the oldest building of any kind, in the city of Oslo. The church was first erected by King Olav Kyrre in 1080 and has stood on this spot in some form for nearly a thousand years. It was rebuilt as a three-naved, Roman-style basilica in the 18th century. The pulpit and font, designed in the baroque style, date from 1715, while the distinctive square tower was added over a century later, in 1861.

Gamle Aker Kirke stands at the top of Telthusbakken hill, a short walk to the north of Oslo’s city centre. The church has led a troubled existence, having been pillaged and burnt down multiple times. The oldest part of the current building is a portion of the churchyard, which dates back to the 12th century. The church was built above a silver mine which was in use during Viking times. This led to many myths and legends of treasure hidden beneath the church. Regular services are still held here, and the building is free to visit throughout the year.

With limited opening hours, if you want to view the church interior, you should check before you go.
The cemetery behind the church is also worth exploring as it is immaculately maintained.
Also visit nearby Telthusbakken, below the church. See the picturesque old wooden houses and take Kjærlighetsstien in the middle of this road.
Wooden House

4) Wooden House

The wooden house is a traditional house for Scandinavian countries. As you see the house is made of wood, both walls and the roof. They have a very nice isolation from the weather outside. The houses are usually one or two floors, painted is different colors. Staying or looking at one of these houses can imagine that you’re in a fairytale.
Paulus Church

5) Paulus Church

Paulus Kirke is a famous church in Oslo because of organizing occasionally so called Forums, where people from different religions like Buddhism, Islam and others are gathering for debates. The building itself, was built and consecrated in 1892 by the plans of Henrik Bull architect. The church is also attractive by its altar paintings and the statue of Christ sculptured by Gunnar O.
Bar Boca

6) Bar Boca

One of the Oslo’s bars known thanks to its owner, as his enthusiastic imagination mixes the best cocktails in Oslo. If want to try the greatest drinks this is the best place. The bar offers very intimate atmosphere having only five tables designed in the 1950s style.

7) Grünerløkka

Grünerløkka is also called Greenwich Village of Oslo, named after Friedrich Grüner in 1672. It became part of the city in 1858. Before that it was a working class area, where several factories were placed. Today Grünerløkka is like a small town in itself and offers a wide range of services: post office, banking, library, dining, theater. It has beautifully renovated houses next to run-down, old ones, with plenty of green areas and parks.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Zoologisk Museum

8) Zoologisk Museum

The Zoological Museum is placed within the Botanical Gardens at Tøyen, Oslo. It houses animals from all around the world, but mainly concentrates on Norwegian animal life. Should be mentioned the collection of butterflies and insects that is considered to be the largest in the world, containing between 3 and 4 million objects on the needle. There can be found a nice cafe in the garden.
Botanisk Hage og Museum

9) Botanisk Hage og Museum

The University Botanical Garden at Tøyen in Oslo is Norway's oldest botanical garden, established in 1814. The University of Oslo's oldest building, the Tøyen Manor which was given as a gift in 1812, is located in the garden. The garden originally covered 75,000 square metres, but has since doubled in size. The collection includes roughly 35,000 plants of about 7500 unique species. It combines several other gardens Rock Garden, Fragrant Garden both of them render typical and systematical part of the region. If want to see something extraordinary you may go to the green houses and admire tropical plants, also very nice drawings by Norwegian artist Dagny Tande Lid. If decided to go there the admission is free.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Natural History Museum

10) The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is the oldest institution of its kind in Norway. It is housed in the university’s Botanical Garden, in the Tøyen district of Oslo city center. The garden was created in 1814, with buildings housing zoology, botany and geology research facilities added a hundred years later. The museum has only been managed as one institution since 1999. The museum is noted for its extensive collections of preserved plant and animal specimens, fossils and minerals.

The geological exhibition offers visitors a guide to how Norway’s dramatic natural landscape was formed. The facility also houses dinosaur skeletons, a 400 million year old sea scorpion, and even a piece of the Moon. The zoological collection provides a fascinating insight into the diverse animal life found in Norway, including wolves, bears and lynxes. The garden which surrounds the museum buildings is an exhibition in itself, housing 7500 different species of plant life.

Admission costs 50 kroner for adults, with concessions available. Children under the age of 4 can visit for free. The garden is generally open during daylight hours during the week, opening at 10am on weekends, and is free to visit.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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