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A symbol of Norwegian opulence, the Slottet og Slottsparken or the Royal Palace and its imperial gardens have been the centerpiece of Oslo's sweeping cityscape since 1849. Constructed in the Neoclassical style, the lavishly-decorated palace has been the primary residence of Norwegian monarchs. Designed by celebrated Norwegian architect Hans Linstow, the palace features a grandiose facade with Corinthian columns. A magnificent statue of a horse-mounted King Charles III stands high on a pedestal on the square in front of the palace, completing the regal setting. The annual National Day parade in Oslo, that passes the Royal Palace on its way is one of the few times when the royal family makes a public appearance to greet the proud Norwegians on the happy occasion.
Located inside the restaurant Latter, Klubbscenen is a comedy club that features established comedians from around the country as well as local up-and-coming stars. A chic and refined space, spend an evening laughing at Klubbscenen as the comedians tickle your funny bones and treat your taste buds to delicious food at the restaurant.
The old workshops on the seafront beneath the town hall, belonging to Akers Mekaniske Verksted, have been converted into one of Oslo's most popular shopping and nightlife areas, Aker Brygge. There are places to eat and shop, art galleries, theaters, an IMAX and a regular cinema. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to spend a fine summer afternoon. Take trams 10 or 15 or walk from Akershus fortress past a children's play area and numerous ice-cream stalls.
Gaasa is truly a haven for beer lovers. The bar offers an excellent variety of craft and bottled beers from all over the world, with a special focus on those of Norwegian origin. Apart from their exquisite beer selection, what sets this bar apart is that it is one of the very few beer gardens in the city. While the indoor area is often crowded during winter, during the summer months the lush, tranquil garden, with its benches and long tables, offers an opportunity to bask in the sunlight as you sip a pint of delicious brew. From time to time Gaasa also organizes beer tastings and offers special food menus that have been designed to enhance and complement the beer pairings. The private rooms and outdoor areas are available on hire for private events.