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Kvadraturen Walking Tour (Self Guided), Oslo

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.
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Kvadraturen Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Kvadraturen Walking Tour
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: karen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Engebret Cafe
  • Statholdergaarden
  • Gamle Raadhus
  • Oslo Kunstforening
  • Christiania Torv
  • Galleri Norske Grafikere
  • Steen & Strøm
  • Film Museum
  • Oslo Opera House
Engebret Cafe

1) Engebret Cafe

One hundred and fifty years old restaurant is situated in an older building that exists for more then three hundred years. Taking a meal here can enjoy a traditional Norwegian food, compiled of fish and a traditional game which is usually served in autumn. In the warm seasons the restaurant offers a nice outdoor dinning area.

2) Statholdergaarden

Located in one of the Oslo’s oldest regions, the restaurant is leaded by a multi time awarded Norwegian cook Bent Stiansen. The restaurant has a great demand and it is really hard to find a table there. The menu combines compulsory, the freshest and the best ingredients preparing up to six course meals at price about NOK700. A nice 18th-century décor is maintained in all five rooms offering relaxing atmosphere.
Gamle Raadhus

3) Gamle Raadhus

Being once Town Hall in Christiania, today the building hosts Gamle Raadhus restaurant. A nice location offering its customers a beautiful outdoor dining area in the summer time is suitable for official and casual meetings. Serving a traditional Norwegian menu it changes in dependence of the season, but it is always fish and game available.
Oslo Kunstforening

4) Oslo Kunstforening

Oslo Kunstforening is an art gallery and art society located in Oslo, Norway. The gallery, situated in one of the oldest houses in the Kvadraturen area, is the oldest artist gallery in Oslo. During the year, many varied shows are organized within the fields of drawing, painting, photography, lithography, textile, collage and sculpture. There is usually a new exhibition every month. The gallery features temporary exhibitions of Contemporary Art. The gallery was founded as Christiania Kunstforening in 1836 by Norwegian cultural personalities. It was modeled as a facility mounting temporary art exhibitions after the Kunstvereine model common in many German speaking cities, such as Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. The National Gallery of Norway had not been established at that time, so the art society provided a permanent site for public art exhibition in the country's capital.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Christiania Torv

5) Christiania Torv

Christiania Torv is a square in Oslo where some of the most beautiful historic buildings can be seen. There is also a fountain shaped like a hand pointing to the ground, symbolizing the words of the King Christian IV when he said the town would be rebuilt in this place after Oslo had been ravaged by fire in 1624.
Galleri Norske Grafikere

6) Galleri Norske Grafikere

The richest collection of contemporary lithographic arts is housed in the Galleri Norske Grafikere. The gallery displays ten new exhibits each year, with works from all over the country. It is situated in Kvadraturen, a well populated area that was the center of the city till the beginning of 19th century.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm.
Steen & Strøm

7) Steen & Strøm

Steen & Strøm is a Scandinavian chain of department stores. With five floors offering a large variety of merchandise, it is Norway’s largest department store. It is famous for its amazing sales, called ‘elleville dager,’ that attracts a huge rush of shoppers.
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday: 10 am – 7 pm; Thursday-Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm.
Film Museum

8) Film Museum

Oslo’s Film Museum charts the history of cinema, with a focus on Norwegian films and film makers. Norway has a strong cinematic tradition for a relatively small country, and has produced a number of popular and successful films, such as Elling and the recent Troll Hunter. Norway’s most famous cinematic export, Kon-Tiki, won Best Documentary at the Oscars, and is to date the only Norwegian film to have won an Academy Award.

The museum houses a permanent exhibition on Norwegian film history, but also has a number of attractions relating to the global history of films. Screenings and premieres also take place at the museum’s in-house cinema. Filmens Hus, an educational wing of the museum, offers screenings suitable for schools and nurseries. Workshops run throughout the year, and there is also a shop selling books and DVDs.

The modern facility, designed to resemble a theatre from Hollywood’s golden age, is located on Dronningens gate in the city centre. It is open from 12pm to 5pm on Tuesday-Friday, with late opening on Thursday. On Saturday, the museum closes at 4.30pm. Admission is free with the purchase of an Oslo Card, which allows admission to a number of the city’s attractions. Guided group tours are available from Tuesday until Friday, from 9am to 4pm.
Oslo Opera House

9) Oslo Opera House (must see)

The Oslo Opera House, or Operahuset, is the national opera theater for Norway. It is found on the banks of the Oslofjord, in the Bjørvika district. Nicknamed ‘the iceberg’, its angular outline, clad in granite and Italian marble, appears to rise out of the fjord. Completed in 2007, it is the largest building for a new cultural institution in Norway to be built in the last seven hundred years. The main auditorium seats nearly 1500, with two smaller performance spaces for more intimate recitals. There are well over a thousand rooms in total within this labyrinthine building.

The opera house was designed by Tarald Lundevall for architectural agency Snøhetta. It has won a number of design awards following its completion. The use of communal space outside the performance areas is particularly impressive. High windows allow views across Oslofjord and the city center. There are numerous specially commissioned art installations around the complex, and the main foyer even doubles as a skateboard park. The building opened its doors to the public in April 2008. It is Norway’s premier venue for operatic and classical music recitals. Tickets are available from an on-site box office, as well as details of upcoming events.

Why You Should Visit:
Perfect in both size, program and location; with a beautiful interior that anyone interested can see.
A walk up the sloping roof to the top provides spectacular panoramic views over the city & surrounding area.
There is a small café, along with very nice (free) restrooms and plenty of room to sit down and rest.

Guided tours will give you an amazing insight into all the huge backstage areas, workshops, etc etc – the public areas are just the "tip of the iceberg".
If on a budget and you don't mind standing the whole performance, there are unnumbered tickets that are just behind the B section – great views!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm; Sat: 11am-6pm; Sun: 12-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Hanshaugen Historical Churches Tour

Hanshaugen Historical Churches Tour

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 or 0.9 Miles
Pipervika Bay Walking Tour

Pipervika Bay Walking Tour

Norway's capital, Oslo, is a magnificent city where you will find an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Be sure to explore its lovely streets and wonderful museums that are considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as original restaurants and cafes located in the Pipervika Bay.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Old Oslo Walking Tour

Old Oslo Walking Tour

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: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
City Center Walking Tour

City Center Walking Tour

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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Grunerlokka and St. Hanshaugen Walking Tour

Grunerlokka and St. Hanshaugen Walking Tour

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: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Frogner Walking Tour

Frogner Walking Tour

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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