Oslo’s Grünerløkka

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Tour Type:

Historical

Urban

Oslo

GPS-directed

Remote Tour Included

1+hr/2+hrs(Extended itinerary)

1km/2.5km(Extended itinerary)

Our Grünerløkka tour will take you to Oslo’s trendiest neighborhood. A former factory district turned into a fashion hub, with laid-back cafes and galleries, Grünerløkka is a colorful mix of old and new. Most of the factories as well as residential buildings from the 19th century are still standing. Many of them have been transformed and re-purposed, serving as great examples of adaptive reuse of former industrial locations. During our tour, you will see lively vintage and designer shopping streets, Oslo Food Hall, and the best coffee roaster in Scandinavia!

You will walk along Oslo’s longest river, admire several waterfalls in the middle of the city, and you might even observe some salmon swimming by. You will visit the coziest street in Oslo, see the oldest standing building in the city from the 12th century, and learn about the Jewish history in the area. Enjoy your walk through this unique and charming neighborhood with an incredibly rich past and a colorful present!

Avoid the Crowds

Allows you to explore without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a large tour group

Created by an exceptional travel writer

Written by an Oslo-based author, who has a PhD in English literature

GPS Directions

Easy-to-follow GPS directions to get you from one point to the next on your tour

Highlights include:

Schous Plass, The Aker River, Old Aker Church and Oslo Synagogue

Remote Tour Included

As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home

Itineraries

Grünerløkka – Extended

Grünerløkka – Standard

  1. Nybrua/Schou Brewery - Nybrua is the main entry point to Grünerløkka. The brewery is an imposing complex built in 1837, when it was the largest brewery in the country. The Schou Brewery was later chosen by the city of Oslo for a Culture District Project.
  2. Schous Plass - Dating from 1857, this is one of the principal squares in Grünerløkka. Thorvald Meyer street is the main street of the neighborhood, with numerous stores, coffee shops, and restaurants.
  3. Olaf Rye -  A square and park in the heart of Grünerløkka, named after a Danish war hero and the first ski-jump record holder.
  4. Stumbling stones - These are Oslo’s World War II memorials, that can be seen on the pavement on the streets of Grünerløkka.
  5. Tim Wendelboe’s -  A small coffee roastery known for serving the best coffee in Scandinavia.
  6. Christiania Seildugsfabrik - A Sail Factory built in 1856 on the riverbank of Akerselva. Along with other factories in the area, it used to get its power from one the river’s waterfalls. Today the building is used by the National Academy of the Arts.
  7. The Aker river - The longest river in Oslo. It was of crucial importance for building the factories in Grünerløkka.
  8. Aamodt bridge - A suspension footbridge crossing Akerselva. It was built in the 19th century and later on moved to its current location, after being dismantled and transferred piece by piece to a new site.
  9. Telthusbakken - A old street which offers the authentic countryside atmosphere in the middle of the city. The cozy houses of Telthusbakken were built in the 17th and 18th century and are still inhabited.
  10. Old Aker Church - A medieval era church from the 12th century and the oldest standing building in Oslo. The Gudbrandsdalen Pilgrims’ Path passes by the church. In the past, it served as a starting point for pilgrimages to Trondheim.
  11. Oslo Synagogue - The Jewish congregation in Oslo was established in 1892, and the lower part of Grünerløkka is the area where most of the Jewish immigrant settled before World War II. Oslo synagogue from 1920, and serves the oldest and the largest Jewish community in Norway.
  12. The Cemetery of Our Saviour  - This cemetery dates from 1808. It was created as a result of the great famine and cholera epidemic of the Napoleonic Wars. It is also the country’s main honorary burial ground, and many of the famous Norwegians were buried here, such as Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch.
  13. Egeberg Castle - Designed by the famous architect Halfdan Berle in 1901.
  14. Kuba - A popular park used for outdoor activities, but also political demonstrations and gatherings. An imposing old grain silo in the park was transformed into the student housing complex. The silo project is a great example of adaptive reuse of buildings.
  15. Oslo Food Hall - This is the first covered food market in Oslo, and a part of Vulkan, a former industrial space that became a full-scale example of sustainable urban development. Vulkan is one of Oslo’s most vibrant and exciting new areas in the city.
  16. Blå - A jazz club opened in 1998 in a former storage building for gold and diamonds. Blå has become an alternative music venue for both Norwegian and international artists. Grünerløkka has very elaborate street art, and some of the best examples are located in this area.
  17. Markveien - One of the two main shopping streets in Grünerløkka. It has numerous coffee shops, restaurants, independent and vintage shops. Locals often say that Markveien is the best street in Oslo, and it certainly is the most vibrant one.
  18. Eventyrbrua - The Fairytale Bridge, is decorated with the "man meets nature" sculptures representing Norwegian folktale heroes.
  1. Nybrua/Schou Brewery - Nybrua is the main entry point to Grünerløkka. The brewery is an imposing complex built in 1837, when it was the largest brewery in the country. The Schou Brewery was later chosen by the city of Oslo for a Culture District Project.
  2. Schous Plass - Dating from 1857, this is one of the principal squares in Grünerløkka. Thorvald Meyer street is the main street of the neighborhood, with numerous stores, coffee shops, and restaurants.
  3. Olaf Rye -  A square and park in the heart of Grünerløkka, named after a Danish war hero and the first ski-jump record holder.
  4. Stumbling stones - These are Oslo’s World War II memorials, that can be seen on the pavement on the streets of Grünerløkka.
  5. Tim Wendelboe’s -  A small coffee roastery known for serving the best coffee in Scandinavia.
  6. Christiania Seildugsfabrik - A Sail Factory built in 1856 on the riverbank of Akerselva. Along with other factories in the area, it used to get its power from one the river’s waterfalls. Today the building is used by the National Academy of the Arts.
  7. The Aker river - The longest river in Oslo. It was of crucial importance for building the factories in Grünerløkka.
  8. Aamodt bridge - A suspension footbridge crossing Akerselva. It was built in the 19th century and later on moved to its current location, after being dismantled and transferred piece by piece to a new site.
  9. Telthusbakken - A old street which offers the authentic countryside atmosphere in the middle of the city. The cozy houses of Telthusbakken were built in the 17th and 18th century and are still inhabited.
  10. Oslo Food Hall - This is the first covered food market in Oslo, and a part of Vulkan, a former industrial space that became a full-scale example of sustainable urban development. Vulkan is one of Oslo’s most vibrant and exciting new areas in the city.

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