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Karl Johans gate picture in Oslo
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Karl Johans gate picture in Oslo
Palace Park picture in Oslo
Tiger picture in Oslo

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Karl Johans gate stretches between Oslo's downtown train station and Palace Park, an expansive park that surrounds the Royal Palace. Boutiques, cafes, bars, nightclubs and hotels are just some of the amenities you'll find lining this central thoroughfare. Inside the smaller Studenterlunden Park, which borders the street's western end, you can catch a performance at the late 19th-century National Theatre, go ice skating at the outdoor rink or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll. This section of the boulevard is also a block away from the National Gallery, one of four buildings that comprise the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

Karl Johans gate may be Oslo's most popular street, but its wide design and ample green spaces make it feel surprisingly quiet and uncrowded. To get a complete picture of the thoroughfare, a few past travelers suggest making multiple visits at varying times. Others recommend people-watching from one of the open-air cafes. Don't forget to check out the bronze tiger statue that sits at the eastern end of the boulevard. It was gifted to the city in 2000 to honor Oslo's 1,000-year anniversary.

Getting to Karl Johans gate is a cinch thanks to its central location and ample transportation options. A variety of buses, trams and T-bane trains make stops within a block of the street. It's free to visit 24 hours a day, but keep in mind that opening hours for amenities vary by locale. Shopping and dining venues range from local specialty options to outposts of international brands like Michael Kors, TGI Fridays, H&M, Burger King and Hard Rock Cafe.

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#1 Oslo Fjord Occupying 766 square miles, Oslo Fjord attracts Oslo residents and tourists in droves, especially during the warmer months. Water vistas are available from many parts of the city, including popular ... Read more » Kerrick / Getty Images

#2 Karl Johans gate Karl Johans gate stretches between Oslo's downtown train station and Palace Park, an expansive park that surrounds the Royal Palace. Boutiques, cafes, bars, nightclubs and hotels are just some ... Read more » Jorg Greuel / Getty Images

#3 Vigeland Park (Vigelandsparken) Vigeland Park, which resides in Ullern and Majorstuen's Frogner Park, is the world's largest sculpture park featuring works by a single artist. The park is composed of five ... Read more » Morten Falch Sortland / Getty Images

#4 Bygdy Outdoorsy types and museum buffs should plan on spending at least one day on the Bygdøy peninsula. This region 3 miles west of central Oslo is home to some of the ... Read more » Copyright Morten Falch Sortland / Getty Images

#5 Royal Palace (Det kongelige slott) Nestled within Palace Park at the western end of Karl Johans gate, the Royal Palace draws history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, political junkies and those who enjoy learning about European royals ... Read more » Jorg Greuel / Getty Images

#6 Oslo Opera House (Operahuset) Music lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike won't want to miss a visit to this modern opera house. Located in the western part of Gamle Oslo, the Oslo Opera House ... Read more » Ryhor Bruyeu / iStock / Getty Images

#7 National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Nasjonalmuseet) Established in 2003, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is actually a merger of four formerly separate museums. Only the National Gallery, Villa Stenersen, Mellomstasjonen (the information center ... Read more » einbo / iStock / Getty Images

#8 Fram Museum (Frammuseet) Named after one of Norway's oldest vessels used for North and South Pole expeditions, the Fram Museum offers a glimpse at Norway's polar history. Inside, visitors will find ... Read more » saiko3p / iStock / Getty Images

#9 Viking Ship Museum (Vikingshipshuset) If you want to learn more about Norway's deep Viking roots, save time for a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Situated on the Bygdøy peninsula within walking distance ... Read more » Eugene Phoen / Flickr

#10 Holmenkollen Ski Museum (Holmenkollen Skimuseet) Whether you love skiing or just want to temporarily escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, odds are you'll enjoy exploring the Holmenkollen Ski Museum. Located in Oslo's ... Read more » chekyfoto / iStock / Getty Images

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Whether you're craving a bite to eat or a leisurely day shopping and people-watching, downtown's Karl Johans gate has you covered. Jorg Greuel / Getty Images

Vigeland Park in the Ullern and Majorstuen neighborhoods is the world's largest sculpture park with works by only one artist. Morten Falch Sortland / Getty Images

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First used by King Oscar I in 1849, the Royal Palace continues to serve as the office and residence of Norway's king and queen. Jorg Greuel / Getty Images

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