Attractions in Kristiansand
Christiansholm fortress from around 1672, and was ordered built by Fredrik III. The roundabout has 5 meters thick walls. Old cannon stands on the ramparts.
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Kristiansand Zoo is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway, and is a block’s drive east of the city center. This is not only a zoo, but also an amusement park and theme park. Everyone knows that this is where the children meet Captain Sabeltann himself.
At Kristiansand Kanonmuseum you can see the world’s second largest cannon. The Canon Museum is located in Møvik south of the city center.
Southland Art Museum
Sørlandet’s art museum is located in Skippergata 24, and has mainly contemporary art in its permanent exhibitions. In addition, exciting exhibitions of artists from around the world will be on display for a limited time.
Botanical Garden and the Natural Museum
The Agder Nature Museum and Botanical Garden are located at Gimleveien 23, Gimle farm. The museum is the only natural history museum in the region. The museum was started in 1828, but has changed both names and locations since then.
Today, the Agder Nature Museum and Botanical Garden are located on Gimle Farm, where the museum is in the outbuilding and the park around it constitutes the Botanical Garden.
Vest-Agder Museum Kristiansand was founded in 1903, and is an open-air museum with about 40 antiquarian buildings in park-like surroundings. The address is Vigeveien 22B.
Tourist in Kristiansand
Kristiansand is located on the southern tip of the Norwegian coastline, and has Norway’s most pleasant climate. The city was founded by, and named after, King Christian IV in 1641, and was built in a renaissance style with regular city plans. This part is today called Kvadraturen and is the center of Kristiansand .
The city’s main shopping street and meeting place is the pedestrian street Markens gate. Most of the city’s shops, restaurants and night spots are close by.
In the immediate vicinity of Markens you will find Øvre and Nedre Torv. A great place where it is nice to sit in an outdoor restaurant and not least you can take the opportunity to have a look at Kristansand Cathedral. It dates from 1686 and has a 75 meter high tower. The cathedral is a good feature when you need to maneuver your way out of other parts of Kristiansand. The church has a neo-Gothic architecture and is one of several beautiful buildings in the city.
The bag town is part of Kvadraturen and is a very charming district with old white wooden houses.
Odderøya by Kristiansand
In the summer, the peninsula of Odderøya south of the center of Kristiansand is the place for festivals, but also great for excursions and swimming. Odderøya naturally offers nature experiences, but also culture in the form of small galleries as well as dining experiences in pleasant cafés. Or how about a trip in the opposite direction to visit Ravnedalen cultural park? The Ravnedalen cultural park is just over 15 minutes walk from the center of Kristiansand. Here you will also find some harry, but also the popular cult site Café Generalen. Known for its waffles and many events, including bingo and concerts.
An alternative place to find in Kristansand is the beautiful Bystranda with the newly built magnificent Aquarama. We dare to claim that this is Norway’s finest bathing facility, which includes its own spa and indoor and outdoor bathing facilities. Bystranda has a great sandy beach and with sand volleyball courts and a children’s playground as extra spices.
If you want to get to know the city then a sightseeing tour with CityTrain can be an option. The tour is guided and takes about half an hour. Ticket prices are $ 100 a day. You can of course run several trips if you wish. A good place to start the tour is where the pedestrian street Markens meets Torvet in the center of Kristiansand.
Bus is the natural means of transport if you do not have your own car. Kristiansand has no tram or subway. But both the European roads E6, E39 and the Sørlandsbanen railway pass Kristiansand, and there is a ferry to and from Hirtshals in Denmark.