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Karl Johans gate
0154 Oslo, Norway
+47 81 53 05 55 (Tourist information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Get a window table at Grand Cafe and watch Oslo's beautiful people hurry past. In summer, the cafe moves outdoors and the sidewalk nicknamed "the catwalk".
Karl Johans gate (Karl Johan street) is Oslo's main artery, a partially pedestrianised street leading from Oslo S (the central railway station) to the Royal Palace
, with Parliament
, the National Theatre and the old part of Oslo University (the present law faculty) in between. Plenty of shops and restaurants as well as a small park line this lively street. In summer, buskers and street vendors abound and people sunbathe and lounge around in the park. In winter, the park metamorphoses into Narvisen skating rink
, especially pretty at night when it's illuminated.