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Oslo Opera House

Stunning architecture and superb performances make this cultural powerhouse an unmissable part of your Oslo adventure.

Oslo’s stunning new opera house has been designed to resemble a glacier rising from the waters of the Oslofjord. With three stages and over 1,000 rooms, it is one of the most ambitious cultural projects ever undertaken in Norway. Not surprisingly, the building has been garlanded with architectural awards, including the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. It is also remarkable for being completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

One of its most prominent features is its steeply sloping roof which doubles as a public plaza. During the summer it’s a popular spot for picnics and sunbathing, with great views over the fjord. The interior is noted for its Wave Wall, a spectacular curved oak wall which wraps cosily around the three performance spaces, refracting the huge forests of the Norwegian countryside.

Eight specially commissioned artworks are displayed in various parts of the building. Look out for the perforated wall panels in the foyer created by Olafur Eliasson, illuminated from below to give the illusion of melting ice, and the main stage curtain by Pae White, inspired by crumpled aluminium foil and specially woven from a computer scan.

Guided tours of the public and backstage areas are a great way to see the building if you don’t have time to attend a performance. Visitors can stand on the main stage, visit the costume department and scenery workshops, and sometimes even watch part of a rehearsal. Tours are held daily and must be booked in advance through the official website. Even without a tour, it is possible to see many parts of the building, which has been designed to be as open and accessible as possible.

The best way to appreciate the special qualities of the spacious auditoria is to buy a ticket to the ballet or opera. Many of the performances are preceded by an introductory presentation at the education centre, lasting around half an hour, so check the website to see if any are scheduled for the date of your visit.

Oslo Opera House is in the waterfront neighbourhood of Bjørvika, close to the city centre. If you’re travelling from outside the city, catch the NSB train to Oslo Central Station and take a short walk across the footbridge. Car parking is also available nearby.


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Clarion Hotel The Hub Rs11,839
Clarion Hotel The Hub

Clarion Hotel The Hub

Biskop Gunnerus Gate 3, Oslo
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oslofjord and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Nobel Peace Center are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jernbanetorget T-Station and Oslo Central Station are within a 2-minute walk.

    Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station Rs5,087
    Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station

    Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station

    Fred Olsens Gate 11, Oslo
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord, Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum. Nobel Peace Center and Royal Palace are also within 1 mile (2 km). Oslo Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jernbanetorget T-Station is 2 minutes.

      Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget Rs4,702
      Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

      Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget

      Møllergata 26, Oslo
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oslo Spektrum, Oslo Opera House and Nobel Peace Center. Munch Museum and Aker Brygge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kirkeristen Tram Station is only a 5-minute walk and Brugata Station is 5 minutes.

        Scandic Victoria Rs6,493
        Scandic Victoria

        Scandic Victoria

        Rosenkrantzgate 13, Oslo
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Nobel Peace Center. Royal Palace and Aker Brygge are also within 15 minutes. Kontraskjaeret Tram Station and Stortinget Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Grand Hotel Oslo Rs14,072
          Grand Hotel Oslo

          Grand Hotel Oslo

          Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Oslo City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karl Johan Gate, Nobel Peace Center, and Royal Palace. Oslo Spektrum and Aker Brygge are also within 15 minutes. Stortinget Tram Station and Stortinget T-Bane are within a 5-minute walk.

            Comfort Hotel Karl Johan Rs7,438
            Comfort Hotel Karl Johan

            Comfort Hotel Karl Johan

            Karl Johans Gate 12, Oslo
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karl Johan Gate, Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum. Nobel Peace Center and Royal Palace are also within 15 minutes. Stortorvet Tram Station and Stortinget Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo Rs8,637
              Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo

              Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo

              Holbergs Gate 30, Oslo
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Oslo City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are also within 15 minutes. Holbergs plass Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hoyskolesenteret Station is 4 minutes.

                Hotel Verdandi Oslo Rs6,310
                Hotel Verdandi Oslo

                Hotel Verdandi Oslo

                Tordenskioldsgate 6b, Oslo
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord, Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge. Oslo Opera House and Royal Palace are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kontraskjaeret Tram Station and Nationaltheatret Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.