Two days in Oslo allow you a good amount of time to explore the compact city center and its surroundings, as well as get out onto the fjord. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to soak up some history and culture, too.
Plan a visit around the venue’s prestigious menu of world-class performances including modern dance and classical ballet, jazz, chamber and Baroque concerts, and operas. An hour-long guided behind-the-scenes tour covers the architecture and artistry of the performances and includes encounters with costumers and stage designers.
One of the best ways to visit the Opera House is with the Oslo City Pass, which allows free admissions to must-visit attractions such as Kon-Tiki Museum and Akershus Fortress, plus extras such as free public transportation in select zones, discounted meals, and more. Or explore the attraction as part of a walking, biking, or Segway tour. If you have more time, take a full-day tour that adds on a cruise in the fjord.
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To see all the tourist sights at a gentle pace with detailed and insightful guides is a great tour. However they went beyond my expectations and went to a number of places that are not on the standard list and combined it with history,food information and entertainment hot spots. Shane our Irish guide was outstanding in his depth of knowledge and enthusiasm and abundant knowledge.
Mark G, Aug 2019
Things to Know Before You Go
- Oslo Opera House is an ideal spot for performing arts enthusiasts and architecture buffs.
- No fee for entry; performance ticket prices vary.
- Guided tours are in English, Norwegian, and German.
- Find recordings of performances, opera albums, documentaries, books, programmes, opera glasses, and a variety of souvenirs in the shop.
- Have a meal at the venue’s two restaurants.
- The facility is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Oslo Opera House is located along the seaside side of Oslo Central Station in the heart of the city, and is easily accessed by public transport via tram lines 17,18, or 19 or bus lines 30, 31, 37, 54, or 74.
When to Get There
The box office is open every day from around noon until about 6pm. Come in the afternoon to watch a performance, then stroll at the plaza and walk up to the rooftop to enjoy the spectacular views of the city and the fjord.
Noteworthy Architecture Norway’s stylish, innovative new arts center opened in 2008, immediately becoming one of the most recognizable and beloved landmarks of the city. Designed by acclaimed Norwegian architect Tarald Lundevall, who also built the National September 11 Memorial Museum & Pavilion in New York, the opera house is constructed of marble, granite and glass and won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture in 2009.
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