Experiences • 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.

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.

Read moore about Munch

Ekeberg sculpture park

(Photo: Thord Backlund, 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: Didrick Stenersen, 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 street

(Photo: Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo)

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.

Biking trip to Bygdøy

(Foto: Thomas Johanessen, Visit Oslo)

Enjoy the beautiful nature along the beach in Bygdøy. Walk/bike from the city or take the bus. Here you will find hiking trails and places to eat for the entire family.

The Fortress (Festningen)

(Photo: Nancy Bundt, 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.

The Huk beach

(Foto: Nancy Bundt, Visit oslo)

A walk, or by bus, from the center you will find Huk beach. Restaurant, several beaches, beach volleyball court and a large car park. Feel free to take a walk to Kongsgården and say hello to all the cows grazing.


(Photo: Thomas Johannesen, 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: Anne Sofie Bjorge, 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: Terje Borud, Visit Oslo)

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

The Folk museum at Bygdøy

(Photo: Anne Lise Reinsfeldt, Visit Oslo)

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 Castle

(Photo: Terje Borud, 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: Didrick Stenersen, 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.


(Foto: 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.

Here you will find varied information about Oslo – history, attractions, how to plan your trip and tips on what you can do in and around our capital. 

What’s On Oslo
This is VisitOSLO’s activity calendar, where you will find everything
that is happening for all ages!

Aftenposten’s Oslo guide. Great for reviews of nightclubs,
restaurants etc. 

Oslo Cinema
Movie program for all Oslo movie theatres. Here, you will also find movie reviews, upcoming movies, ticket sales and information regarding film festivals and secret advanced screenings. 

Ticket service
Most concert tickets are sold here. 

Oslo Surf
Here is another guide for Oslo.

Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen
Check if your flight is on time! Also read about public information.  

All public transport for Oslo and Akershus. 

Oslo Passet
For those seeking to experience the entire city by boat, bus and admission tickets to various attractions.