Karl Johans Gate, Oslo

Karl Johans Gate, Oslo (must see)

Any visitor to Oslo is likely to spend time at Karl Johans Gate. The main thoroughfare in Oslo runs from Palace Park, or Slottsparken, to Oslo Central Station on Strandgata.

Visitors who walk along Karl Johans Gate will find numerous shops and restaurants. They will also find musicians entertaining passersby on the sidewalks while area artists sell their wares. However, the primary reason to stroll along this street is to see the sights that can't be found in any other city.

The Royal Palace, or Slottet, rests within Palace Park at the east end of Karl Johans Gate. This was built as the palace of King Charles III John, for whom Karl Johans Gate was named. The king lived in this palace while it was under construction, which began in 1825. Construction was completed in 1849.

The Royal Palace continues to function as a residence for the King of Norway, Harald V. The palace is open for public, guided tours throughout each day in Norwegian and English. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Palace Park is free and open to the public throughout the year.

Storting is another remarkable spot along Karl Johans Gate. Storting is the parliament building of Norway that has been in continuous use since 1866. It was designed by Emil Victor Langlet using a blend of different architectural styles with French and Italian influences. Guided tours of Storting are regularly available.

Other places to see along Karl Johans Gate include the National Theater, the Hotel Continental and the University of Oslo.

Why You Should Visit:
- To view the past and present of Norwegian government
- To enjoy a wide variety of street performers
- To shop and dine with ease

Tips:
Those who wish to tour the Royal Palace or parliament building should plan their walk along Karl Johans Gate well in advance to make sure they have time to see and do everything. Others can simply enjoy the shops, restaurants and public art of the street.

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Karl Johans Gate on Map

Sight Name: Karl Johans Gate
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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