Sentrum, Norwegian is situated in Oslo’s south-east side. It forms part of the Bjørvika area, first established in the 11th century which become Oslo’s main harbour. The Sentrum area houses key national institutions such as the Supreme Court, Royal Palace, and Parliament (Stortinget), with the original buildings of the University of Oslo occupying a primary position. It’s been renovated into a location for apartment living, shopping, business and various creative attractions, as there are plenty of things to enjoy here.
The remodelled and redecorated waterfront is also home to the city’s vibrant cultural centre, and proud host to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, its contemporary architectural style having won several prestigious awards for its eclectic style which consist of flat “iceberg” type shapes.
Getting around Oslo and to the Sentrum is easy enough, given the size of this lovely city. Oslo’s reliable transport system Sporveier runs the city’s metro subway, buses and streetcars. Catching a taxi is easy, and bicycles are available to hire from the Tourist Information Centre in front of the main railway station. Renting a car in Oslo is also a very cost effective option.
The final construction of the Barcode Project, which is the renovation of the harbour, was completed in 2014. The former dock and mainly industrial land now consist of attractive narrow high-rise buildings. The idea of constructing rows of differently sized buildings was created to offer different views and give a feeling of openness in this populated area.