Experience Oslo in the winter • Karl Johan Hotel


Oslo – the capital city that has it all!

The city is located at the end of the Oslo Fjord and is surrounded by forested hills with countless trails and bathing areas.
Oslo is the largest city in Norway and was declared the official capital of the country in 1814.

Oslo is known for its virtually endless opportunities for outdoor activities.
Karl Johans gate is only a five-minute walk from Aker Brygge and Rådhuskaia.

Both the woods and countryside are not far away – where you’ll find mile after mile of cross-country skiing trails that are popular in the winter and wonderful trails and bathing spots in the summer. Oslo’s cultural life is rich and varied, with museums, art galleries, shopping and restaurants.

Visit the Munch Museum

One of the world’s greatest and most recognised artists, Edward Munch, is now honoured with a beautiful new museum in Sørenga. A must-visit!

MUNCH’s collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist himself, consists of paintings, graphical prints and drawings. It is the largest collection of art by one single artist. Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism.

In addition to Munch’s art, world class contemporary art is exhibited in the 13 floor building. By constantly changing the exhibitions, the museum make sure that one can always experience something new during a visit there.

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Ekeberg Sculpture Park

(Photo: Richard Hudsen, Visit Oslo)

‘The Couple’ and lots of other fantastic sculptures can be found in Ekebergparken, a short tram ride from the city centre. An ode to women!


(Photo: Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

Right outside the hotel, you’ll find Spikersuppa park with fountains, benches, flowers, food options and excellent people watching.

Parliament (Stortinget)

(Photo: Nancy Bundt, Visit Oslo)

Not only can you enjoy views of Parliament from the hotel, but you can also stroll through the park to see it up close. A popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

Oslo Opera House

(Photo: Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

The Oslo Opera House is a favourite site to visit. Designed by the Snøhetta architecture and design firm, it is definitely a must-see.



City Hall (Rådhuset)

(Photo: Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

Oslo City Hall is located between the hotel and Aker Brygge and is well worth a visit.

Shopping on Karl Johan

Along Oslo’s main shopping street Karl Johans gate, you’ll find everything from brand stores to street vendors and public squares.

Aker Brygge

(Photo: Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

Shopping and culture, a fantastic ambiance and tasteful restaurants all in one place and only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.


(Photo: Tord Baklund, Visit Oslo)

Enjoy winter at its finest along one of the many cross-country skiing trails in Nordmarka. Easily accessible by metro from the Oslo city centre.

The Fortress (Festningen)

(Foto: Didric Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

From the time when Oslo was known as Christiania, an urban fortress with history in every stone. Approx. 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Oslo Chatedral

(Photo: Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

The Oslo Cathedral, formerly called Our Saviour’s Church, is a cruciform church on Stortorvet in Oslo that was built in 1697. It is the main church for the Oslo diocese.


(Photo: Didric Stenersen, Visit oslo)

Oslo is growing continuously, with an ever-expanding centre. Below Oslo Central Station, you’ll find both new and old architecture, restaurants and cultural sights. Around 15 minutes from the hotel.


(Photo: Didric Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

Restaurants, pubs and ice bathing areas can all be found in Sørenga, directly below the Oslo Opera House. Highly recommended for those who like the perfect combination of action and relaxation. Don’t miss the floating sauna!



Vigeland Sculpture Park

(Photo: Kristian Kvigstad, Visit Oslo)

Norway’s national treasure, Frogner Park, can be reached by foot, tram or metro. Experience all of Vigeland’s sculptures up close.


(Photo: Nancy Bundt, Visit Oslo)

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History on Bygdøy

You’ll find a little bit of Norwegian history on Bygdøy. The museum can be reached by walking along the water or a five-minute bus trip. You’ll pass the Oslo Kongsgård estate along the way, where the ambiance is nothing short of enchanting during the Christmas season.

The Royal Palace

(Photo: Didric Stenersen, Visit Oslo

Walking tour of the city from the Royal Palace

From Palace Square, past Parliament, along Karl Johans gate and down to the Oslo Central Station, where you can continue to Grunerløkka and the Old Town of Oslo.
The Royal Palace is open to visitors in the summer.

National Museum

(Photo: Morten Torkildsen, Visit Oslo

The National Museum is Norway’s largest art museum. Located directly behind the Fortress and a five-minute walk from the hotel.

Astrup Fearnely Museum

(Photo Visit Oslo, Vegard Kleven)

At Aker Brygge, you’ll find this famous museum donated by Fearnley, featuring both national and international art exhibitions.


(Photo: Visit Oslo, Thomas Johannessen)

An Oslo landmark that can be seen from virtually anywhere in the city. Take the metro to the top and enjoy the views. The ski jump is open to tourists and has a zipline in the summer.

Stroll along Akerselva



(Photo: Tord Baklund, Visit Oslo)

Akerselva is perfect for a leisurely stroll both summer and winter. Enjoy a hot coffee or glass of bubbles at one of the many inviting places to stop along the way.

Oslo’s most popular ski resort with amazing views and lots of options for ski buffs. The Korketrekkeren toboggan run is located close by and Oslo’s most popular sled run!

(Photo: Visit Oslo, Vegard Kleven)

Another national treasure and must-see for every visitor to Oslo. Enjoy homemade meatballs or moose burgers with a cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and heavenly views! Popular destination for visitors to Korketrekkeren.

Here you will find a wide range of information on Oslo, from history and attractions to planning and tips for things to see and do around our capital. 

What’s On Oslo
The event calendar for Visit Oslo, where you’ll find a wide range of activities for
young and old!

Oslo guide published by Aftenposten. Excellent source of reviews for nightlife, clubs,
 restaurants and more. 

Oslo Cinema
Cinema schedule for all cinemas in Oslo. Here you will also find film reviews, upcoming films, ticket sales and information on film festivals and exclusive previews. 

Ticket service
Most concert tickets can be purchased here. 

Oslo Surf
Yet another guide for Oslo.

Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen
Check whether your flight’s on time! Information on public transportation can also be found here.   

All public transportation information for Oslo and Akershus can be found here. 

Oslo Passet
Perfect for those who want to experience the entire city by boat and bus and purchase admission tickets to various attractions.