What to see in Kristiansand, Norway?

Review: The city of Kristiansand (Norway) – Norway’s southernmost city

The southernmost and sunniest city in Norway greeted us with pouring rain. We had to spend two days here. We traveled by car from Oslo, the road took almost four hours. Despite the gloomy weather, we felt at once that the climatic conditions here are not so severe. The city is surrounded by the sea, but in this place runs a warm sea current, the Gulf Stream, so there is no harsh cold.

Kristiansand

The city was founded in 1641 by order of the Danish King Christian IV. We know from history that this king was passionate about urban planning, and this is where this passion was so clearly manifested. The feeling that the plan of the city is made by a computer program. Everything is clear, the streets are strictly on a rectangular breakdown. The old core of the city is therefore still called “Kvadratura” to this day, and the buildings are maintained in their original form.

city plan

Today Kristiansand is considered one of the most popular tourist centers in Norway. Norwegians come here to rest, for them the place is still the south. It is full of clean beaches, there is an opportunity to fish. In addition, Kristiansand is convenient for tourists as a transportation hub. By sea from here you can take a ferry to the Danish cities Hirtahals and Hanstholm. There’s also an international airport near the city, which connects Norway to many European cities.

Kristiansand

town

town

Kristiansand

We stayed in the heart of Kristiansand, and in the evening we practically walked around all the main places. The town seemed very nice and cozy. The streets in the old town are cobblestone.

cathedral

cathedral

The cathedral looks modest, with beautiful grounds around it. We didn’t get inside, the cathedral was closed in the evening.

cathedral

A monument to the Norwegian Lutheran bishop James Maroni. Kristiansand was captured by the Nazis during the war, and this bishop was involved in the underground leadership of the Church of Norway.

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bishop maroni

square

This monument, on the other hand, left me slightly puzzled. But then I read that the sculptor was born in this city and his work is a striking example of modern art.

modern art

The buildings in the central part of the city are built in the traditional style, with houses right next to each other. Many of the buildings and stores have a look that was peculiar to the old buildings.

town

town

hatch

town

town

town

town

This horse on the pedestrian street, a favorite of tourists and locals. Everyone takes pictures, children can also sit on top of it.

pedestrian street

town

We of course the first night we rushed in search of food. Restaurants, cafes on every corner, but many were no longer working.

town

Good old McDonald’s helped out. Works late, fast and nourishing. We went to a small supermarket. We were pleased with the assortment.

supermarket

store

We tried to weigh bananas in the supermarket, but we did not understand.

scales

store

stores

We also had a pleasure to walk around the famous old neighborhood Posebyen. Here are preserved one- and two-story houses, painted in white, building from 1695 to 17-19 centuries. The area is now maintained in its former form, and the houses are meticulously cared for. It has the incredible feeling that time has stood still here.

white houses

white houses

white houses

white houses

old neighborhood

white houses

Kristiansand (Norway) photo

An antique automatic parking machine.

parking machine

parking machine

white houses

Machines like this are very appropriate here.

machine

vending machine

white houses

It is interesting to look at the details of the decoration of houses, lanterns, platbands, door handles. You can see that much was done just to maintain the spirit of the time.

home parts

home parts

white houses

white houses

white houses

white houses

public building

town

There are several museums in the city, including the most famous Norwegian zoo, which is located 20 kilometers away. In general, even without having any special significance in terms of famous attractions, the city has made a very pleasant impression on us. It has its own specifics, numerous restaurants and cafes with a sea theme, small stores and boutiques, paved streets, everything disposes to an unhurried stroll and a quiet rest.

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Kristiansand

Kristiansand

In the south of Norway is a commune town Kristiansand – one of the largest in the country with a population of about 80 thousand people. It was founded in 1641 by King Christian IV of Denmark. Today Kristiansand is an important transportation hub in the country, there is an international airport, railway and ferry stations. The city is also considered the center of cultural and commercial life of the whole West-Agder region.

Kristiansand is dominated by a moderately warm climate. The hottest month is July. The ambient temperature during this time reaches +20 ° C. The coolest months are in January, when the thermometer reads -5°C. The rainfalls are not frequent.

Attractions

The medieval Norwegian town preserves a lot of memorable places. Popular sights of Kristiansand in Norway can be considered:

  1. Kvadraturen, the historic center of the city. It was built according to strict mathematical calculations, which is why it has such an unusual name. A favorite place of the natives is the Markensgate area, which concentrates many cultural and shopping centers.
  2. The Neo-Gothic cathedral was built in 1885. The main treasures of the church are the composition “Christ in Emmaus” set at the altar, and the sculptures of the Evangelists carved out of wood.
  3. A monument to one of Norway’s most celebrated poets, Henrik Wergeland, is the work of sculptor Vigeland.
  4. Ravnedalen Park, founded in 1875, has an observation deck with views of the city, the sea and the islands. It is accessed by a staircase of 200 steps. Ravnedalen is also famous for its numerous lakes, in which you can find refreshment on a hot day.
  5. Ethnographic Museum Vest-Agder . Its territory is decorated with 40 old buildings, which have preserved the interior of a bygone era. There are also open-air temporary exhibitions presenting the work of local craftsmen.
  6. Zoo and amusement park at the same time. It is always crowded here, especially a lot of children. In the zoo you can get acquainted with the animals that live in Norway. The best amusement park rides: “Bandits of Cardamom”, “Fortress of Captain Sabretooth”.
  7. Town Hall, built in 1815 by wealthy shipowner Kallevig. Today the four-story building is considered one of the most massive wooden buildings in Norway.
  8. Eust-Agder Museum boasts a huge collection of antique furniture, national costumes, toys, minerals and fishing gear.
  9. Gallery Bomuldsfabrik presents paintings of the best artists of the country.
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In addition to the above attractions, you should pay attention to the Museum of Art, where you learn the history of the city. In the Museum of Nature and the Botanical Garden you can see an interesting collection of cacti from all over the world. Church of Oddernes, built in 1040, can help you learn about religion.

In the city there are more than three dozen hotels. The price policy and class of service varies, so tourists can find an option that suits their needs.

In the five-star hotel Kristiansand Feriesenter guests expect luxurious rooms, sophisticated design and a wide range of services. The hotel has a restaurant, massage service, children’s playground and free parking.

4-star hotels (Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Best Western Plus Hotel Norge, Thon Hotel Kristiansand) will please you with pleasant atmosphere, polite staff and excellent service. They are located in the center of the city near the major attractions, which is certainly convenient.

The 3-star hotels Yess! Hotel, Dyreparken Hotell, Comfort Hotel Kristiansand. Here is quite cozy, has everything you need for a comfortable and carefree vacation.

Near the hotel

In Kristiansand there are restaurants on every corner. You can find budget ones, where you can taste delicious food for ridiculous money. There are also the fashionable establishments, which is not everyone can get into.

Popular with foreigners are Mother India, Food Asylum, Le Monde Tapas. Try the baked lamb ham, fruit soufflé and cinnamon buns, and seafood dishes.

Restaurant

Entertainment

The town of Kristiansand is known for its many beaches and great fishing. Washed on three sides by the warm sea, it is an ideal place for sea cruises. Travel agencies sell day trips to the idyllic island of New Hellesund, the small town of Lillesand, where you can see white-washed old houses and a wonderful harbor.

Town beach Sea cruise

How to get there?

Oslo and Kristiansand separated 323 km. This distance can be overcome by plane. The city has an airport that serves both domestic and international flights. Travel time is 1 hour. You can also travel by train, bus or car. The trip will take longer, but it allows you to get acquainted with the beauty of Norway and communicate with its people. Be sure to take a camera on the tour to take some photos of the city of Kristiansand in Norway.

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