The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Sentrum
How to get there
  • Jernbanetorget • 6 min walk
  • Grønland • 9 min walk
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  • Joe
    Birmingham, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been there, done that, ticked
    It’s like a bucket list thing, you just have to watch 1 show inside. Watched the ballet there, not the most impressive one , the main hall is not as big as I’d imagined, but it made the exiting very easy. And don’t get too excited on the roof, there’s some obstructions which were bit difficult to see in the white background .
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Hamiczech
    Ostrava, Czech Republic574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture
    Stunning building which u cant miss. It is possible to walk on the roof. It is just at the sea so you have amazing view. On the ground floor there is a cafe with outdoor terrace but when the weather is nice probably you will not find free table. Must be great also inside but we werent.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • MrThomas1981
    Ipswich, United Kingdom827 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view of the city from the roof
    The roof of the opera house is completely open and you are free to wander at your leisure. There are great views from the top and its nice to be part of its architecture for a brief moment. It is VERY icy in winter and you will probably spend more time on your bottom than standing up so be warned if you bruise easily! Great way to soak up some of the atmosphere of the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 2 May 2023
  • StevenKolsteren
    Groningen, The Netherlands191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sculpturesque building
    Like most people, we visited the roofs overlooking the fjord. You can climb the slopes and have different views everywhere, but the marble is slippery. In front of the building, in the water lies a stunning sculpture made of glass and iron by a Venetian artist, a modern interpretation of Caspar David Friedrichs famous 19th century painting of a ship wrecked in ice.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Sct Lucia
    Copenhagen, Denmark39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay for an evening walk
    We walked on outside facade of the opera building. On the other side of the building there was a little playground on the small beach which our kids of 5 and 7 year old found fun to play with. There were some ducks in the sea they tried to feed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar11,815 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great building and viewpoint for Oslo
    Outstanding building located few hundred metres from main Oslo train station. You can go inside when concerts not on and there is a good cafe/restaurant inside with an outside terrace. The interior design is very impressive. The outside roof terrace is a bit of a climb with fantastic views across the city and Oslo Fjord. There are also tours available inside the opera house and make up rooms/behind the scenes workings. Must see part of an Oslo visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • thomaslegner
    Vienna, Austria295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Europe's most beautiful Opera Houses
    Oslo's Opera must be one of the most beautiful Opera Houses in all of Europe, the architecture is simply stunning. While it may not be able to compete with Europe's great opera houses (Vienna, Milan, etc.) on a musical level, it is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Jongleurgirl
    England, United Kingdom945 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking on the roof of an opera house!
    The setting of the opera house is quite spectacular, the building all white and glass set into the blue waters is beautiful. We did not go inside but did walk on the roof which was quite surreal. The area is vast and the reflections in the glass makes for fun photos. Please be aware that there are trip hazards due to the dazzling white and the design which makes small almost invisible steps.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • aspoe093
    Pierre, South Dakota625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    An incredible building and great architecture. We didn't go to the opera but went inside the opera house. Nice inside but the outside was amazing. I mean who doesn't want to walk on top of an opera house.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Happy Traveller
    Sydney, Australia5,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual building but fits in well
    Visited today , and of course had to climb up on the roof for that fabulous view. ( easy climb) it’s easy on the eye. And a nice transition from the water. I imagine in winter it could almost be hidden if the snow came. Inside was vast with clean lines. Coat racks were vast and no security. Couldn’t happen like that in my country. Impressive
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
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Lorrie R
Cleveland, OH125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Loved it! If you go to Norway you have to see this. I wouldn't suggest going here on a windy day though. ( It was tough walking outside being you're by the water and the wind was fierce). You really need to see this though. We took the train here called "Flytoget".
Written 14 April 2024
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Kityayma
Sydney, Australia221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Everything about this building screams sleek Scandinavian design

It's great to walk around and over this impressive building but be sure to also step inside to see the curves of the timber interior and perhaps some of the stars on a break from rehearsal. Although we didn’t have time to get the full experience and take in a show, it was clear from the beautiful lithe young people sipping lattes in the lobby cafe that the ballet was on. The cafe incidentally serves good coffee as well as light meals and snacks. It overlooks the water and is a nice place to sit on a sunny day.

Since this building opened in 2008 it has provoked great changes to the surrounding area with many new waterfront apartment complexes, shops and restaurants built or under construction. It's interesting to walk around this area and take in the different designs.
Written 9 April 2024
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ClaireWithLove
Germantown, MD852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This building is a wonderful way to make the arts accessible and attractive to the people while enhancing the aesthetic of the city. The gentle inclines to the top of the Opera House were not too rigorous. The panoramic view of the water and city was very worth it!

A couple of caveats:
- if it is icy and snowy, then be very careful. I would not have wanted to climb if the angled stone was a sheet of ice.
- the bright sun against the stone made it difficult to see the different levels of blocks, so both my husband and I both mis-stepped not realizing there was a change in height of the inclined planes of stone. Fortunately, the differences are small and not a normal step height.
- one the side closer to the Munch museum is a more accessible ramp with a hand rail to help someone get up to the top or down

The Opera House bathroom has a fee but there is a separate building as you walk toward the MUNCH museum that is a free public bathroom.
Written 17 March 2024
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RiSha
London, UK511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Visited the opera house during our visit to Oslo. It's a new building with an impressive design. You can climb to the top to get great views and photos of the city - well worth the visit!
Written 12 March 2024
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Christin C
Atlanta, GA480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
First time at a professional ballet. What a wonderful production. Gorgeous sets and costumes. Would go back to see another show. The building is gorgeous inside and the ability to hike up the outside is super unique. Highly recommend.
Written 15 December 2023
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Helge C
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We stayed in Thon Opera hotel in Oslo. It takes only five minutes to come to the Norwegian Opera and Ballet House. We didn't have time to enjoy Opera singing, but we as many others enjoyed views of Oslo fjord from the viewpoint at the roof of Opera House
Written 5 December 2023
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yp17
Houston, TX159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Great place to hang out, see the large foyer. Great view of Munch Museum and the She Lies (floating iceberg) sculpture in the water. Just when you think you reached to top you see there is more -- be careful not to trip as there are "hidden" steps. I took the tour which only gets 4-stars (the outside is much more impressive).
Written 12 November 2023
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MNowosad
San Jose, CA179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Norwegian Opera & Ballet building, besides having a very elegant and unique design, is an excellent spot to admire the Oslo harbor, with its many boats and lovely fjord. I recommend climbing up the ramps to the top of the building to get the best views and take beautiful photos.
Written 2 October 2023
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Little Travel Troll
Oslo, Norway1,302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The architecture of this building allows you to walk on the roof, starting from street level up to a good height with nice views towards the sea, the city and the skyline. You can even bring your lunch and eat it on the roof. It's accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, but be aware of the possibility of stumbling if you have challenges walking or seeing, as the roof is not even (it's designed like that).
Written 30 September 2023
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA3,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An inventive masterpiece along the harbor, it’s cool to walk up to the roof and admire the cityscape. I thought that was an inventive and unique design, and certainly the most popular spot for tourists. Great use of space.
Written 28 September 2023
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