Sentrum Walk, Oslo

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.
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Sentrum Walk Map

Guide Name: Sentrum Walk
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 19
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: karen
Oslo Cathedral

1) Oslo Cathedral (must see)

Oslo Cathedral, previously known as Our Saviour’s Church, is the current cathedral for the city, and the third in the history of Oslo. The first was built in the 12th century when the city was located slightly to the east of where it now stands. Following a great fire in 1624, the city was rebuilt around Akershus Slott. The second cathedral lasted only fifty years before another fire destroyed it. The current building, located off the Stortorvet main square, was consecrated in 1697. Rebuilt in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Basarhallene

Basarhallene is a famous traditional Norwegian shop with hand-crafted products built 150 years ago. Today the renewed shop sells traditional Nordic sweaters, glass, ceramics, jewelry and art, all high quality with prices reflecting the value of the goods. In summertime there are outdoor exhibits of art and local...   view more
Oslo Indoor Concert Hall

3) Oslo Indoor Concert Hall

Oslo Konserthus, or Concert Hall, is one of Oslo’s, and indeed Norway’s premier cultural venues. Located in the Vika district of the city center, it is also the home of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. The hall hosts over 300 events each year, meaning there is an event on almost every day. It was built as a home for the orchestra, and to provide the nation with a first class concert hall. However, as with other modern additions to the city, it took time to get off the ground – twenty two...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Tukthuset

Tukthuset was an old social institution, built in the 1740s in order to deter begging and crime. It also became Norway’s first asylum for the mentally ill. Beginning in the 19th century it was used as a prison and was demolished in the 1940s to be used for offices and shops. Just a single wall is left from the original building, which is now part of a police...   view more

5) Stortorvet

Stortovet, or ‘Grand Plaza’, is a central square, west of Oslo Cathedral. Inaugurated in 1736, it has consistently played a central part in the city’s daily life. The square hosted a large market until 1889, and still hosts seasonal markets to this day. Some seventy years later, Stortovet became a major center once again, with the introduction of the Oslo tramway. The square became a central terminus for a number of tram services in the 1960s, and is still well served by trams and buses.
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6) GlasMagasinet

GlasMagasinet is located in the historical area, between Stortorvet and Karl Johans Gate, and is Oslo’s oldest department store. It carries on the tradition of selling old Norwegian crystal and other handmade crafts, but also sells some modern goods, in an elegant and stylish atmosphere.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00...   view more
Heimen Husflid

7) Heimen Husflid

Heimen Husflid is where you will find rosemaling, the traditional Norwegian method of painting on wood. This shop has eighty years of experience in this area and also sells traditional wooden baskets and costumes, known as Bunad.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00...   view more
Galleri Aktuell Kunst/Kunstklubben

8) Galleri Aktuell Kunst/Kunstklubben

Kunstklubben Gallery's focus is on the display and sale of high quality lithographic arts, located on Kristian IVs street. Owned by the Art Club, the gallery once exhibited only works by Norwegian artists, but today features some international works as...   view more
National Gallery

9) National Gallery (must see)

The National Gallery of Oslo can be found in the city’s central district, known locally as Sentrum. It was established in 1842, following efforts in the Norwegian parliament to create a national center for fine art. The current building, designed by Heinrich Ernst and Adolf Schirmer, was constructed in 1882. Prior to that, the collection was housed in Oslo’s Royal Palace.

Today, the gallery focuses on home-grown works of art from the 19th century, including pieces by sculptor Julius...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Etnografisk Museum

10) Etnografisk Museum

The Ethnographic Museum was opened in the 1850s and became a part of the Historical Museum at the beginning of 20th century. The museum’s exhibitions focus on non-European cultures and also houses a library containing one of the richest collections of ethnological literature in the world.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 4...   view more
University of Oslo

11) University of Oslo

The University of Oslo was founded in 1811. It is the oldest and largest university in Norway, and considered to be one of the world’s hundred best educational institutes. Its central campus is located in the heart of Oslo’s city center, close to the Royal Palace and Stortinget. Whilst many of the modern faculties are now based at a campus outside the center, the neoclassical, Prussian influenced buildings remain. These buildings now comprise the university’s prestigious Faculty of Law.

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12) Stortinget

The Stortinget is Norway’s Parliament building. It is located in the very centre of Oslo, on Karl Johanns Gate. Designed by the Swedish architect, Emil Victor Langlet, it has housed Norway’s Parliament, or Storting, since March 1866. The parliament had led a nomadic existence for fifty years between its creation and the opening of the Stortinget. Beginning in a private home, the fledgling government met at schools and university halls before land was purchased in 1857.

Following an open...   view more

13) Barfly

Trying some of Barfly drinks mixed up by its bartenders you’ll feel how a myth becomes true. High quality champagne, wines and coffee are drunk here all the day, and real connoisseurs are spending here long time, enjoying it like most delightful things in their lives. The place is the best for a relaxing evening or...   view more
Chat Noir

14) Chat Noir

Chat Noir (French for "Black Cat") is a cabaret and revue theatre in Oslo, Norway. It was established in 1912 by Bokken Lasson. The current director is Tom Sterri. Chat Noir was established as a cabaret in 1912 by singer Bokken Lasson and her later husband, writer Vilhelm Dybwad, modelled after the Paris cabaret Le Chat Noir from the 19th century. During a visit to Paris in the early 1890s Bokken Lasson had found the inspiration of her life. She experienced the literary cabarets of the...   view more
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15) Theatercaféen

Theatercafeen is a famous and prestigious place for meeting. This place is a real symbol for a meeting planning; therefore all those implicated in the world of culture and finance fix their ceremonies here. The location is just one of those few of this style left in northern Europe. Built in the early 20th century the construction was designed in an Art Nouveau...   view more
National Theater (Nationaltheatret)

16) National Theater (Nationaltheatret)

Oslo’s Nationaltheatret is located on Johanne Dybwads Plass, close to Karl Johans Gate, the city’s central shopping street. It is served by metro, tram and rail services at its eponymous station. Noticeable for its imposing columned facade, the theater has been a fixture of Oslo life since 1829, when it opened as the Christiania theater. It has existed in its current form since 1899, when the building was opened with a three day festival.

The center piece of the grand opening was the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ibsen Museum

17) Ibsen Museum

The Ibsen Museum is a celebration of the life and works of Henrik Ibsen, one of Norway’s most famous literary sons. Established in 1990, it is now housed in the playwright’s last home, on the corner of a street that now bears his name. The townhouse was restored and opened in 2006 to mark the centenary of Ibsen’s death. Following the death of his wife, the house fell out of the Ibsen family’s ownership. It was not until actor Knut Wigert rented the property in 1990 that the process of...   view more
Norwegian Nobel Committee Building

18) Norwegian Nobel Committee Building

The Norwegian Nobel Institute is am elegant stone clad building in the centre of Oslo. It is situated next to the Royal Palace, and opposite the U.S. Embassy. It was established in 1904, a year before Norway achieved full independence, and is the administrative centre for the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The committee is a five-person panel, comprised only of Norwegian citizens, that award the Nobel Peace Prize each year.

Whilst it is widely acknowledged that the prize is named after Swedish...   view more
Royal Palace

19) Royal Palace (must see)

The Royal Palace or Slottet in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of the French-born King Charles III of Norway, who reigned as king of Norway and Sweden. The palace is the official residence of the current Norwegian monarch while the Crown Prince resides at Skaugum in Asker west of Oslo.

Construction began on the palace in 1825; it took almost twenty-five years to complete. The building process, overseen by local architect Hans Linstow, was...   view more
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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 Religious Walk

Hanshaugen Religious Walk

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
Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Pipervika Bay Walk

Pipervika Bay Walk

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: 2.9 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo Walk

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: 5.8 km
Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

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: 3.6 km

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