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Old Oslo Walking Tour (Self Guided), Oslo

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.
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Old Oslo Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Oslo Walking Tour
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: karen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Munch Museum
  • Asylet
  • Åkebergveien Mosque
  • Vålerenga Kirke
  • Oslo Manor House
  • Gamlebyen Gravlund
Munch Museum

1) Munch Museum (must see)

Munch Museum (Norwegian: Munch-museet) is an art museum in Oslo dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

Construction of the museum was financed from the profits generated by the Oslo municipal cinemas and opened its doors in 1963 to commemorate what would have been Munch's 100th birthday. Its collection consists of works and articles by Munch, which he donated to the municipality of Oslo upon his death, and additional works donated by his sister Inger Munch, as well as various other works obtained through trades of including duplicate prints.

The museum now has in its permanent collection well over half of the artist's entire production of paintings and at least one copy of all his prints. This amounts to over 1,200 paintings, 18,000 prints, six sculptures, as well as 500 plates, 2,240 books, and various other items. The museum also contains educational and conservation sections and has facilities for the performing arts.

The museum structure was designed by architects Einar Myklebust and Gunnar Fougner. Myklebust also played an important role in the expansion and renovation of the museum in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of Munch's death.

The City of Oslo promoted an architectural competition for a new Munch Museum in the area of Bjørvika, a new urban development where the Oslo Opera House is also located. Construction started during September 2015, with the new museum expected to be completed during 2019 and scheduled to open to the public by 2020.

Check out the coffee shop (with tables inside and outside) and the gift shop right at the entrance. As an added bonus, you also get to watch interesting videos in the downstairs.
There's a booklet which has a lot of information on many of the important pieces. You can pick it up and turn it back in when you're done.
Once you've paid for your ticket you can access to the exhibition area for the rest of the day.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Asylet

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.
Åkebergveien Mosque

3) Åkebergveien Mosque

Åkebergveien Mosque is one of the biggest in the city. The building is really significant, representing two enormous towers rising on the top, furnished with mosaic on facade and interior. The building construction lasted about five years and was consecrated in 1995. Belonging to the World Islamic Mission the friendly congregation welcomes everyone.
Vålerenga Kirke

4) Vålerenga Kirke

Vålerenga Church is a beautiful building designed in Neo-Gothic style in 1902, surrounded by a small park. The church belongs to the parish of Vålerenga and Gamlebyen, in the Church of Norway, the Lutheran state church. The church is built in the Neo-Gothic and National Romantic styles, like many of the Norwegian churches built during this period of time. Vålerenga church is special architecturally because of its asymmetrically placed church tower, one of Norway's first of its kind. Its architects are Heinrich Jürgensen and Holger Sinding-Larsen. It was built of gray granite with steatite details. It was renovated in 1984, by Asbjørn Stein, after the church burned in 1979, due to a work accident. A fire in 1979 burned the church to the ground and the building was almost totally destroyed. Only the outer walls, made of stone, were left standing. Frescoes and stained glass windows made by Emanuel Vigeland were lost. The church was rebuilt, and reconsecrated in 1984. New pieces of art were made by the artists Emanuel Vigeland and Håkon Bleken.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oslo Manor House

5) Oslo Manor House

Oslo Manor House is located in Oslo’s medieval quarter. Rapid urban development in the 20th century caused the area to become neglected, with main roads cutting through it, and buildings falling into disrepair. After a major period of restoration, the area is a popular tourist destination, with newly renovated buildings like the Manor House offering a glimpse into life in the bygone ages of Norway.

Oslo Ladegård, as it is known locally, dates from 1720. It is found in the heart of the medieval centre of Oslo, at the foot of Ekeberg Hill. A baroque manor house, it was built over the cellar of the nearby Bispeborgen building. The newly restored interior features painting, furniture and decoration from different artistic eras. In the house’s former attic, you can find scale models of Oslo in medieval times, and an exhibition on burial rites in the Middle Ages.

The manor house is open to guided group tours throughout the year, although these need to be pre-booked. Open tours run during the summer season, but are carried out in Norwegian only. The grounds host an al fresco café in the summer months, as well as open air concerts on Wednesdays throughout the year.
Gamlebyen Gravlund

6) Gamlebyen Gravlund

Gamlebyen Gravlund is a really interesting place, and if you got enough character that’s a nice place to walk. This is Oslo’s oldest cemetery; it was many times reduced in size and after that expanded. In time of walking through the area you may visit the part with medieval ruins or may go up to Ekeberg restaurant where you can watch a great panoramic view of Oslo.

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.
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
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
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
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
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
Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Also called Oslo's Museum Center, Bygdøy is where some of the most visited museums are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. You can also visit Bygdøy’s beautiful parks, forests or the wonderful beach located on the west side.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles

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