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Pipervika Bay Walking Tour (Self Guided), Oslo

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.
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Guide Name: Pipervika Bay Walking Tour
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: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: karen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Forsvarsmuseet
  • Akershus Castle and Fortress
  • Pipervika
  • Oslo City Hall
  • Noble Peace Center
  • Aker Brygge
  • Lektern
  • Latter
  • Beer Palace
  • Herbern Marina
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

1) Forsvarsmuseet

The Forsvarsmuseet, located close to Akershus Fortress and the Resistance Museum in Oslo city centre, is the Norwegian armed forces museum. Combat and resistance has been at the heart of Norway’s history, from the Viking era to Nazi occupation in the 1940s. The museum’s industrial style red brick building once housed a military arsenal, and was also the Nazis’ Norwegian headquarters during World War 2. An extensive exhibition on the conflict can be found inside. It houses tanks, bombs and fighter planes, as well as displays on how the Allied Forces eventually won the war.

The tempestuous era from the 17th to early 20th century is also covered extensively, in permanent exhibitions covering the battle between Denmark and Sweden for ownership of Norway, and the nation’s struggle for independence. Medieval battles are also recalled through a fine collection of military artifacts dating back to Viking times. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to wheelchair users and guests with hearing or visual impairment.

Operation hours: June - August: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm; weekend 11 am - 4.30 pm.
September - May: Monday - Friday 10 am - 3 pm; weekend 11 am - 4 pm.
Akershus Castle and Fortress

2) Akershus Castle and Fortress (must see)

Akershus Slott is a medieval castle on the banks of Oslo fjord. One of the city’s most picturesque and recognizable buildings, it was built to protect the capital from invasion. It was first constructed in 1290 by King Haakon V, following a recent assault on the city. In over eight hundred years of existence, it has never been successfully captured by a foreign enemy – although it was occupied by Nazi Germany following Norway’s unilateral surrender in World War 2. The fortress survived many sieges in the medieval era, prized by Sweden due to its proximity to the coast. It was thought that control of the castle meant control of Norway as a whole.

The castle was also a prison for much of its history and is still a military concern to this date. Socialists, folk hero thieves and war criminals have all been held captive here. Many consider it to be Norway’s most well-known building – a fact borne out by its presence in the Norway-themed world at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida.

Why You Should Visit:
Free entry. Beautiful views of the sea and Oslo city. Well maintained and not crowded at all. Peaceful place for a walkabout. Very near to the Radhus and Aker Brygge.

The information center and gift shop (housed in the same building) close at 4pm, so make sure you visit earlier if you want to take a look.
When you arrive at the information center, pick up a free map with useful information and look through the small display area.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-9pm; Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

3) Pipervika

Pipervika is a popular neighborhood in Oslo, linking Aker Brygge to Akershus Fortress. Besides the historic buildings and beautiful view from the bay, you can also take a ferry to the Bygdøy peninsula, which takes about 20 minutes round-trip. Today the term Pipervika is primarily used for the bay between the fortress and Aker Brygge. This was formerly commonly known as Piperviksbukta. It is part of the Fjord City urban renewal project.The first element is assumed to refer to the brigade music's pipers (flutists) who were located in the area, the last element is the finite form of vik f 'bay, inlet'. But the Norse name of the bay was Gyljandi, and this name is derived from the verb gylja 'howl, huut' (probably referring to the windy conditions in the bay). The name Pipervika ('the piping bay') could therefore be some kind of translation from Norse to Danish in the 17th century. (The verb pipe in Scandinavian in often used to describe the sound of strong wind.)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oslo City Hall

4) Oslo City Hall (must see)

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the downtown district of Pipervika. An example of the functionalist style of the mid 20th century, it was inaugurated in 1950. It is one of Oslo’s most famous buildings and was voted the city’s ‘structure of the century’ in 2005. A red brick building marked by two industrial style oblong towers, the City Hall is famous the world over as the venue for the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony. Barack Obama was among the first to be honored in the banqueting hall here after the ceremony was moved from the University of Oslo’s main building.

Now a mainstay of civic life in the city, Oslo’s City Hall was nearly never completed. Construction began in 1931, but was halted by World War 2, and only finished five years after the war ended. Designed by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. There have been municipal buildings dotted around Norway’s capital since the Middle Ages, and as far back as 1915, plans were put in place for the new, larger building in Pipervika. It combines modern forms and materials with some medieval flourishes, including statues mounted on the walls and an ornate astronomical clock on the north face. The eastern tower contains a 49 bell carillon which chimes across the city center at the top of each hour.

Why You Should Visit:
Very scenic place, and you can visit many of the decorated halls, as well as enjoy a wonderful view of the harbor from the main balcony.

Make sure you spend some time reading the captions under the wood carvings as you walk up to the City Hall (they are also written in English).
Free English guided tours (approx. 1 hour) are available, with guides who bring the building to life, explaining the murals & artworks and their symbolism as well as the functioning of the city government in an entertaining way. Not to be missed!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Noble Peace Center

5) Noble Peace Center

The Nobel Peace Center, one of Oslo’s most recognizable buildings, is found near Oslo City Hall, overlooking the city’s harbor. The center is housed in an elegant, cream colored European style building, which once housed Oslo West railway station. The station closed in 1989, and the building was restored by British architect David Adjaye. It reopened as the Nobel Peace Center in 2006, in a ceremony led by Harald V, the King of Norway, and Wangari Mathaii, a Nobel laureate.

In just over five years, half a million visitors have come to the center to learn about the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. The center has information on all laureates that have won the prize, as well as the history of the prize, and of Alfred Nobel himself. A renowned physicist, Nobel left a portion of his will to the nation of Norway, in order to establish the Nobel Peace Prize award and ceremony. It currently takes place at the nearby City Hall.

The center also hosts debates, lectures, screenings and interactive exhibitions on the subject of peace and conflict resolution. There are also permanent exhibitions on other prizes funded by Nobel’s will, recognizing achievements in the fields of science and literature.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Aker Brygge

6) Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is a waterfront area in the heart of Oslo’s city center. Situated on an arm of the Oslo Fjord, it houses a cinema and a number of upmarket shops and restaurants. It currently attracts 12 million visitors per year. The area gained its name from the Akers Mekaniske Verksted shipyard, which stood on this site from 1854 to 1982. Following the closure of the shipyard, local realtors Aker Eiendom bought the site and began recreating it as a shopping district. Constructed in four stages, the creation of Aker Brygge began in 1986 and finished in 1998.

In addition to shops and attractions, the area also houses apartments, offices, and a harbor and ferry terminal. 6000 people work in the area, and 900 live here. Brands like Benetton and Ecco have opened flagship stores here. A popular area that has become a gathering place for Oslo residents, it is one of many great examples of harbor regeneration. It has achieved this through an informal, interesting layout, comprising warehouses and large workshop halls, and collective building and leasing agreements that have forged a community spirit. The area is only 5 minutes away from many Oslo attractions, and has its own stop on the tram network.

7) Lektern

Originally a boat, Lektern is one of the largest outdoor restaurants in Oslo and a landmark worth visiting. Its unique setting and great bar attracts lots of tourists. In the evening, enjoy the live DJ firing up the atmosphere until dawn.

8) Latter

Latter, the Norwegian word for laughter, has been a popular venue for comedy shows for several years. It also has a great restaurant and bar where you can grab a bite to eat and have a drink before the show.
Beer Palace

9) Beer Palace

Beer Palace is a pub located in an historic building in Aker Brygge offering several beers on tap and a wide assortment of bottled beers. It has a cozy atmosphere where you can either sit at the bar on the first floor or relax on one of the couches in the lounge on the second floor.
Herbern Marina

10) Herbern Marina

Herbern Marina is one of the most beautiful docks in Oslo. The view is just amazing, plus you can grab a bite at the restaurant or rent a boat here as well.
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

11) Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (must see)

First opened in 1993, the Astrup Fearnley Museum is a privately owned contemporary art gallery. It is managed by a foundation which was set up by the Fearnley family, a wealthy shipping dynasty. The museum houses an extensive permanent collection of Norwegian and international modern art. It is particularly notable for its collections of abstract expression and works by young British and American artists. One of the museum’s most notable exhibits is a large porcelain sculpture of Michael Jackson, created by American artist Jeff Koons. The gallery also has works by Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol on permanent display. In 2012 the museum moved to two new buildings by Renzo Piano.

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is now situated on Tjuvholmen in the centre of Oslo. The new museum was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and opened on 29 September 2012. It consists of two buildings housing the museum’s permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions. Large, modern exhibition spaces give the museum the possibility to continue its ambitious program of temporary exhibitions. Altogether, Astrup Fearnley Museum has about 4200m² at its disposition. It is situated in the Tjuvholmen skulpturpark, also designed by Renzo Piano.

Why You Should Visit:
Architecturally perfect and right on the water, located in a hip & awesome neighborhood with nice harbor views.
The works inside are arranged cleverly to make full use of the buildings' bizarre shape.
There is a nice café that looks right onto the fjord and a park where you can have a picnic.

Remember to keep your ticket, as it is needed several times at electronic gates controlling your entrance.
You can find a huge amount of information by downloading the app (they have free WiFi inside).

Operation Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri: 12-5pm; Thu: 12-7pm; Sat, Sun: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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

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