See historic buildings, cozy cafes and art galleries. Admire ‘Engebret's Cafe' –one of the oldest cafes/restaurants in Oslo and located in a beautiful square, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, the old Military Hospital, and Christiania's old concert hall. In the city's ‘golden center,' you'll see monuments and buildings around Karl Johan Street – the Parliament Building, the University, the National Theater, and the Royal Palace. Continue with a visit to the City Hall, decorated by some of Norway's most distinguished artists. Walking into the grounds of the Akershus Fortress. Finally, follow a path from the fortress leading directly to the pier.
The capital of Norway since the 14th century, Oslo today is a modern, refreshing city that in spite of many major setbacks has over time simply evolved. ‘Old Christiania’ is where following a devastating fire in 1624 the Danish King Christian IV laid the foundations of a spacious new town under the protective shadow of Akershus Fortress.
A guided walk through the area, characterized by old customs and shipping houses and grand open plazas, takes you past many cozy cafés and art galleries that now reside in its historic buildings. They include Engebret’s Café - one of the oldest restaurants in the city. It stands on a beautiful square that is a fine illustration of King Christian IV’s quadrangular town planning. Pass the Museum of Contemporary Art in a building that formerly housed the head office of Norges Bank, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, the Old Military Hospital and Christiania’s Old Concert Hall.
The city’s pulsing vein is Karl Johans Gate. Originally designed in 1826 by the Royal architect H.D.F Linstow, it was widened some 30 years later and is today Oslo’s answer to the Champs Elysées. Amongst the splendid monuments you see along this main thoroughfare are Norway’s Parliament Building, University, National Theatre and magnificent Royal Palace. Arrive in the City Hall Square and visit the City Hall, decorated by some of Norway's most distinguished artists with motives of from Norwegian history, culture and working life. after the visit a short walk will take you to the grounds of Akershus Fortress.
This medieval castle that was once a royal residence dates from 1299. In 1592, it was developed into a fortress armed with cannons to protect the city from marauders during the periods of Danish and Swedish rule. the sites offers photo opportunities over the arbor. Finally, follow a path from the fortress leading directly to the pier.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles over even paved and cobblestone surfaces with inclines to reach the Akershus Fortress. Guests should be in good physical condition. Guests with physical limitations should take this into consideration. Low heeled, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable, loose clothing are recommended. This tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should take appropriate weather gear with them. Participants should be aware that there are certain inherent risks involved in any walking excursion. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.
Note: Tour order may be reversed.