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Discovering Oslo

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A May 2008 trip to Oslo by LenR

Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania Photo, Oslo, Norway More Photos
Quote: Oslo is one of Europe’s most amenable capitals. It is relatively small, clean, spacious, and safe. Downtown Oslo has a city centre filled with stately Neoclassical buildings from the late 19th century and some great hotels and restaurants to keep visitors happy.

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Town Hall Photo, Oslo, Norway
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Town HallThe once controversial town hall is only a few minutes’ walk from Karl Johans gate towards the waterfront. The imposing dark brown brick building with its twin towers was opened in 1950 to celebrate the city’s 900th anniversary.The main approach to the town hall is up a wide ramp. There are side galleries adorned by wood panels illustrating pagan Nordic myths. Inside the main hall the décor is dominated by vast stylized murals by leading Norwegian painters. Entry to the main corridor is free as the building is home to the city’s political administration but the main hall is only open to tours which depart Monday to Friday from September to May and daily at other ...Read More

Main Street

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Buildings Photo, Oslo, Norway
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Oslo’s main street is called Karl Johans gate. It starts at the Oslo S train station at the eastern end of the city centre, up the hill passing the cathedral and on to the parliament building as a pedestrianised street. From here it sweeps down the hill past the university towards the Royal Palace. It really is the main thoroughfare for the central city.The street starts off unpromisingly. Outside Oslo S station there are a collection of young and not so young junkies hanging about and the first 100 metres or so of the street contains mainly tacky shops and a few beggars. Things pick up somewhat when you reach the curious two-teired Basarhallene building, once the city’s food market ...Read More

Oslo Airport

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Arrivals lounge Photo, Oslo, Norway
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Oslo Airport, Gardermoen is the principal airport serving the Norwegian capital. It is also the main international airport serving Norway, with flights to a large number of European airports, and some flights to other continents. It is located at Gardermoen 48 km (30 miles) northeast of Oslo. When you arrive you notice that the airport is crisp, modern and efficient.When planning your trip, however, you need to be careful because Sandefjord Airport, Torp also serves Oslo, primarily by low-cost European carriers and regional airlines, though Torp is located more than twice the distance from the city as Gardermoen. In early2008, a third airport, Moss Airport, Rygge began serving private airl...Read More

Egon

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Egon Photo, Oslo, Norway
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On our first evening in Oslo we went walking around the city centre looking for a suitable place to eat. There were plenty of choices but we were horrified at the prices. Main courses were between Nkr 150 and 250 with drinks Nkr 40 to 60. We later realised that this was a problem throughout Norway.After checking out several places we came across Thank God It’s Friday and Egon side by side in the main street. High-class restaurants they were not but the food served on the outdoor terrace looked good and the menu prices seemed reasonable. We had not heard of Egon so we decided to try it. And what a good choice it was!We quickly discovered that Egon has restaurants spread across t...Read More

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Egon
Karl Johans gate 37
Oslo, Norway 0162
+47 22 41 77 90

Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania

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Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania Photo, Oslo, Norway
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Choosing a hotel before you arrive in a new city is always problematic. You can visit the hotel website and read some ‘independent’ reviews but there is always some doubt as to what you will get. We chose the Royal Christiania after doing both of these things but what really swayed us was the location. We planned to travel from Oslo airport by train or bus and we needed a place within walking distance of the station and tourist information office. Despite initially being put off by major roadworks which made access difficult we discovered that Norway's second largest hotel was a very comfortable place to stay and an exciting meeting place located in the heart of Oslo. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2008

Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania
BISKOP GUNNERUSGATE 3
Oslo, Norway 0155
47-23 10 80 00