St. Hanshaugen Park

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St. Hanshaugen with view to the Oslo Fjord.
Tower at St. Hanshaugen Park
St. Hanshaugen park, the swan pond

St. Hanshaugen Park is the first large public park outside the city center of Oslo, Norway.[1]

St. Hanshaugen Park is a classic city park located within the Oslo borough of St. Hanshaugen, named for the park which lies within its center. Years ago the park location was regarded as worthless and was originally a bare rock hill. In the 1840s the inhabitants of Oslo began to use the park as site for their Midsummer Eve (St. Hans) bonfire. St. Hanshaugen means Midsummer’s Eve Hill in Norwegian.[2]

Fritz Heinrich Frølich, a successful banker and industrialists, initiated the park around 1850. During the middle of the 1860s, over one thousand trees were planted creating the first major park outside the city center. Starting in 1867 the city took responsibility for the park and the last major works were carried out in the years 1876–1890. The park also got a park keeper house, an artificial creek and a pavilion on the square Festplassen. Through the years, a number of statues were also placed in the park. The final part of the park was added with purchases of land in 1909.[3][4]

The mixture of intimate and romantic areas in the south together with fabulous views and entertainment in the northern part make the park quite popular. St. Hanshaugen Park has a stage used for outdoor concerts and is hilly with great views to downtown Oslo. St. Hanshaugen Park is also the site of Kongene på Haugen, an annual local music festival.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ “St. Hanshaugen Norwegian
  2. ^ Outdoor Recreation and Nature Management (Sights and Nature in Oslo. The forest, parks and the Oslofjord)
  3. ^ “Visit Norway – Oslo”
  4. ^ St. Hanshaugen Park History Norwegian
  5. ^ World Guide to Oslo (Oslo Parks and Gardens. 2009)

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Coordinates: 59°55′36.28″N 10°44′27.38″E / 59.9267444°N 10.7409389°E / 59.9267444; 10.7409389