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Oslo Opera House

The home of the Norwegian National Ballet and Opera is a large marble and glass edifice that resembles a glacier rising out of the water.

Oslo Opera House is the largest cultural center built in Norway since the beginning of the 14th century. It has three stages and more than 1,000 rooms. Visit the site to see a performance or marvel at the building’s architecture as part of a guided tour.

The building’s prominent design feature is a roof that slopes steeply up from the waters of the Oslo Fjord. The roof is also a public plaza that can be walked on. During the summer you’ll see people sunbathing and picnicking on the roof.

Inside, marvel at the Wave Wall, a four-story oak wall wrapping around the Opera House’s three performance spaces.
The building has been decorated with eight art projects. Among the highlights are the perforated wall panels by Olafur Eliasson and the main stage’s curtain that resembles crumpled aluminum foil.

Learn how operas and ballets are staged with a 50-minute guided tour of the building and backstage areas. Stand on the Main Stage, visit the costume workshop and see where the elaborate sets are painted. Tours are held daily and must be booked in advance. Some guided tours include stage rehearsals. For pricing and details, visit the Opera House’s website.

It’s possible to glimpse some of the Opera House’s inner workings without booking a tour. Openness and accessibility are hallmarks of the building’s design. Large glass windows look onto the hat and mask section, sewing room and other backstage areas.

Enhance your appreciation of the opera or ballet you are about to see by stopping off at the Opera House’s Education Center. Introductory presentations regarding each work take place one hour before curtain goes up. They last for approximately 30 minutes.

Oslo Opera House is situated in Bjorvika, a waterfront neighborhood of central Oslo. To reach the Opera House, you can take the NSB train to Oslo Central Station. From the station, follow the yellow signs to the Opera House. If you are driving, there are parking spaces on nearby streets and public lots in the city center. Find disabled parking bays north of the Opera House in Opera Alley. Concert times and prices are on the Oslo Opera House website.


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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo ¥10,549
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Sonja Henies Plass 3 Postboks 9206, Oslo
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is steps from Oslofjord and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke) and Oslo Opera House are also within 10 minutes. Jernbanetorget T-Station and Brugata Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel Verdandi Oslo ¥6,511
    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 Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Oslo Opera House and Aker Brygge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kontraskjaeret Tram Station and Nationaltheatret Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Citybox Oslo ¥6,609
      Citybox Oslo

      Citybox Oslo

      Prinsensgate 6, Oslo
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Oslo hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from Cinemateket and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Mini Bottle Gallery and Norwegian Customs Museum are also within 5 minutes. Dronningens Gate Tram Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jernbanetorget T-Station is 4 minutes.

        Clarion Hotel The Hub ¥15,790
        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 steps from Oslofjord and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Karl Johan Street and Parliament are also within 10 minutes. Jernbanetorget T-Station and Oslo Central Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station ¥7,481
          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 5-minute walk of Oslofjord and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Karl Johan Street and Oslo Opera House are also within 10 minutes. Oslo Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jernbanetorget T-Station is 2 minutes.

            Clarion Hotel Oslo ¥15,948
            Clarion Hotel Oslo

            Clarion Hotel Oslo

            Dronning Eufemias Gate 15, Bjørvika, Oslo, Oslo
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This hotel is located in Oslo (Gamle Oslo), close to Oslo Opera House, Oslo Spektrum, and Aker Brygge. Also nearby are Norwegian Customs Museum and Gronland Church. St. Halvards Place Tram Station is 8 minutes by foot and Gronland T-Bane is 8 minutes.

              Amerikalinjen ¥25,820
              Amerikalinjen

              Amerikalinjen

              2 Jernbanetorget, Oslo, 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 Cathedral (Domkirke). Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum are also within 10 minutes. Jernbanetorget T-Station and Dronningens Gate Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Comfort Hotel Grand Central ¥12,759
                Comfort Hotel Grand Central

                Comfort Hotel Grand Central

                Jernbanetorget 1, Ostbanehallen, 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 Aker Brygge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jernbanetorget T-Station and Oslo Central Station are within a 2-minute walk.