Traditionally, the area of Vålerenga was known to be an area for the working class of Oslo, and typically industry workers or carpenters would settle down here as the city started to grow. Situated on the east part of the city center, not too far from “Middle Age Park” where you still can find signs of the oldest parts of the city.
Våleregna is part of what we today know as “Gamle Oslo” – the Old Oslo. The area was established and built in the 2nd part of the 19th century, and I like to come here for a walk, either in the evenings or weekends, and explore some of the nice streets with traditional wooden houses, a few nice parks, and a very relaxed atmosphere. There is also an impressive church, “Vålerenga Kirke” to check out. The characteristic colored tree houses are mainly to be found in a few streets, which make out the heart of the area.
Vålerenga is not so large and is a natural stop for me on a long walk, where I also like to pass through Jordal activity park, and the Kampen area. The area has been preserved nicely and provides some nice inspirations on how the city was built more than 100 years ago, offering a great place for exploring daily life in Oslo.