Inspired by the Norwegian wilderness, the Oslo Opera House is a marvel of modern architecture and the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The glass facade of the playhouse is embraced by a marble roof that swoops down to its base in a graceful arch, inviting the audience to take a walk on the roof and drink in sweeping views of the waterfront. Inside, the spacious hall is a tapestry of textures and patterns designed by local artists; a visual and tactile experience that mimics the country's natural wonders. The concert hall itself is illuminated by a moon-like chandelier of hand-cast glass bars, beneath which sprawls a horseshoe chamber replete in wood. On stage, the Oslo Opera House hosts a diverse program of the performing arts, showcasing classical performances alongside contemporary renditions by some of the world's best-known artists. A cultural and artistic pearl, the Oslo Opera House is a contemporary wonder that was built to be touched by the masses.
Located only a short drive away from downtown, Oslo Winter Park (previously Tryvann Winter Park) is one of the best Alpine ski centers in the Oslo region. The 18 slopes and seven lifts offer a variety of activities including skiing, Telemark skiing, snow-skating and snowboarding. There are jumps, a fun-box and an Olympic standard super-pipe and half-pipe for snowboarders and a series of runs of different standards for skiers. The park also has its own ski school, cafe and equipment rental facility . Please visit the website for more information.
The Norwegian Music School at Majorstua puts on regular concerts all year round. The performances (many of which are actually exams) are given by the students and are often free of charge to the general public. The program is varied and also includes premieres and special events that take place in the 200-seat Lindeman Hall or the 100-seat Levin Hall. Most major concerts are advertised in the local press while details of smaller concerts appear on the school's website. In general, the concerts are of an extremely high standard.
The old workshops on the seafront beneath the town hall, belonging to Akers Mekaniske Verksted, have been converted into one of Oslo's most popular shopping and nightlife areas, Aker Brygge. There are places to eat and shop, art galleries, theaters, an IMAX and a regular cinema. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to spend a fine summer afternoon. Take trams 10 or 15 or walk from Akershus fortress past a children's play area and numerous ice-cream stalls.
This is Oslo's main street, a pedestrian area leading from the central station to the palace. Visitors can watch the world go by at one of the street's numerous watering holes or simply follow the crowds down the road, past street vendors and entertainers, past the parliament, national theatre, Grand Hotel and the university. With hundreds of different shops, the street is also a Mecca for shopaholics. The park between the parliament and national theater is turned into an ice-rink in the winter.
Established in 1876, Ringnes Bryggeri is perhaps the biggest brewery firm in Norway and is now owned by the Carlsberg Group which is one of leading brewery groups in the world. With more than 1500 workers, the brewery caters completely to the Norwegian beverage market and is known for their local brands. Norwegians have been loyal to this 130 years old company for their smooth brews and good customer service.
Kunstnerforbundet Gallery is located next to the Town Hall and holds three contemporary art solo shows each month. Each show normally consists of work by two or three artists, within different media such as textiles, metal, lithography and drawings. There is also a daily sale of painting, graphic pieces and sculpture. This gem of a gallery has hosted upto more than 400 artists so far. A mecca for aspiring artists and local talent, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery's free admission policy does not fail to bring in crowds of art-enthusiasts.
Gallery Norske Grafikere is one of many galleries in Kvadraturen, more specifically, this lively area was the center of Oslo until the 19th Century. The gallery presents contemporary lithography and the art of print-making. There are about ten new exhibitions each year, and it is not a problem for the gallery to find artists for their numerous shows, as they are in possession of the largest collection of contemporary lithography in Norway.
Oslo's most time-honored revue theater was founded in 1912, inspired by a Parisian cabaret of the same name. Originally housed in the long-gone Tivolibygningen in Stortingsgata, in 1937 the theater moved to its current premises on Klingenberggata. A list of the actors that have performed here gives a good picture of the history of Norwegian theater: Herman Wildenwey, Lalla Carlsen, Einar Rose, Leif Juster and Jens Book-Jenssen, as well as more internationally famed artists like Ernst Rolf and Zarah Leander. In later years the theater has been the playground of Norwegian artists like Dizzie Tunes and Dag Frøland, and the theater is frequently hired by other companies.
Nestled in the heart of the city, Oslo Concert Hall is a regular venue for top quality concerts including numerous performances by the brilliant Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. This is Oslo's number one classical music venue but its program is certainly not limited to one particular style of music. Performances by regional and international artistes are hosted here. Home to two music halls and various practice rooms, this venue can accommodate over 3000 guests at a time. Over 200,000 visitors enjoy shows here annually.