Ibsen at the Grand

There is no doubt, Henrik Ibsen made the 1890's to the most famous years in the history of Grand Hotel.

When he moved back home from southern Europe in 1891, he brought with him the habit of visiting his regular cafe every day. For nine years he made Norways' most famous walk, from his home in Arbiens Street, passing the University square where he compared his watch with the larger one at the University, then down Karl Johans Street to the Grand Cafe. With his characteristic look, he sat down by his table and in his specially made armchair -  "Reserved Dr. Ibsen"

He was an attraction - you could always find him either in the Cafe or in the Study - between 1.20 and 2 pm, and 6 and 7.30 pm. You could set your watch after his habits.

In the summer, he normally enjoyed the more cool and shady Palm Garden, (later: Palmen/The Palm Court). His lunch always contained an open sandwich, a beer and a schnapps. And often a pjolter (Whisky and soda). Grand was his second home, and the Cafe knew how to appreciate their famous guest. At Christmas 1899, he was given four hand-ingraved glasses with his name on -  one each for beer, wine, pjolter and schnapps!

There is no doubt, Henrik Ibsen made the 1890's to the most famous years in the history of Grand Hotel. When he moved back home from southern Europe in…
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