Oslo's lively main street, running from the Central Station to the Royal Palace
A leisurely stroll down Karl Johans gate, Oslo’s main thoroughfare, is a must for anyone wanting to experience city life both by day and night. This popular avenue stretches from the Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) on the western end to the Royal Palace on eastern end.
Starting from the train station, the cobbled pedestrian section of the street offers numerous shops, restaurants and cafés as well as street musicians and young artists promoting their craft. At the end of this colourful stretch is the parliament building, Stortinget. Tours of this 19th century building are available for those interested.
Soon after is the “green belt” of the street with its ample trees, grassy areas, reflecting ponds and lovely fountains. In winter, the trees are lit up and the fountain area is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink. Skates can be rented in the connecting restaurant.
Further along is the National Theatre, one of Norway's largest and most prominent venues for performing arts. This beautiful 19th century Baroque-style building also houses some impressive artworks by renowned Norwegian artists.
Across the street, adjacent to Hotel Continental, is the Theatre Café restaurant (Teatercaféen). Traditionally frequented by the eccentric and famous—and sometimes infamous—of Oslo’s arts community, the café boasts a lively atmosphere with caricatures of legendary artists, authors and actors and a string quartet playing in evenings.View East Norway