Aker Brygge is a modern urban area built by the seaside, facing the Oslo Fjord. Here the avantgarde of contemporary architecture meets an enchanting landscape making your trip in Oslo an unmissable experience. Aker Brygge is a vivid area where people meet everyday to hang out, eat, and explore the city.
Here you can find shops, bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas, theaters, and people from everywhere!
Let's take an overview of Aker Brygge area
During the 19th century, Aker Brygge was a suburban area characterized by industrial architecture. From 1854 until 1982, the area hosted the Aker Mekaniske Verksted AS, a shipyards and engineering industry. Since this establishment was shut down, its buildings have been reused for shops and restaurants. Here you can still find typical industrial buildings, renovated and contextualized, in a contemporary architecture environment.
In this area, residential houses, shops,museums, and theaters are harmonized in an enjoyable urban texture, embellished by a terrific view on the surrounding nature. Indeed the whole area is seaside with several spots where you can sit on a bench and admire an astonishing panorama.
Aker Brygge is located in close proximity to a little harbor with many different kinds of private ships and boats. If you want to experience a tour across the Oslo Fjord you can also use the public transportation ferries. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the small, beautiful islands nestled along the North Sea.
Admire the Radhus, the "Hall of Peace"
The Radhus (The Red House) is the city hall of Oslo, a big red building that you can see from everywhere in the city. The Radhus is located at the beginning of the Aker Brygge area, and it’s one of its main spots for locals to come and hang out or people watch.
The building is characterized by red bricks, and it’s s surrounded by beautiful bronze statues in the facing square. The roof of the eastern tower has a bell carillon that plays every hour.
This Radhus represents a relevant historical spot, not only for Norway, but for the entire world.In fact, since 1990 its main hall hosts the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every year on December 10th.
Visit the Nobel Peace Center in the Aker Brygge area
Once you arrive at the entrance area of Aker Brygge, you will easily notice the Nobel Peace Center, the palace that you can see in the picture. Here you can start a journey through peace and its main characters, you will create a contact with the biggest world issues happening right now in different countries of the world.
The Nobel Peace Center is a museum about Alfred Nobel, the peace prize laureates, and the main world issues, such as war, food, and conflict resolution. Your journey through these topics will be made by permanent and temporary exhibitions, guided tours, and several activities.
The Nobel Peace Center is also recognized by the international community for a refined use of interactive technologies, and rare examples of documentary photography.
Experience Art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art designed by Renzo Piano
The Astrup Fearnley museum is a contemporary art gallery founded in 1993 in Oslo by two private foundations: The Thomas Fearnley Foundation and The Heddy and Nils Astrup Foundation.
In 2012 the gallery moved to the facility you can see in the picture above, designed by the Italian architecture Renzo Piano, and is located in the heart of Aker Brygge.
This museum will astonish you for its seaside building and its fascinating contemporary architecture.
Here you can experience both temporary and permanent exhibitions about several contemporary art styles, such as pop-art, postmodern art, international contemporary art, and artists, like Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney, Tom Sachs, Doug Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, Cai Guo-Qiang, and many others.
Visit Oslo and its vivid modern area
Visit Aker Brygge and experience a beautiful relaxing day full of contemporary art and architecture. Don’t miss the delicious fish dishes that you can experience in one of the several restaurants facing the Oslo Fjord!
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