Kristiansand's Top 10
Collected by David Nikel, AFAR Local Expert
Bygg 29, Odderøya, 4610 Kristiansand S, Norway
Odderøya is a forested island connected to the city center via bridges. A former naval base, Odderøya was also used as a quarantine station in the 1830s, once the largest in Northern Europe. Today, the island offers leisurely hiking routes with...
Sjølystveien 2, 4610 Kristiansand, Norway
The curvy oak-clad facade of Kristiansand’s new concert hall has a striking presence on the waterfront. Home to the Agder Theater, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Opera, Kilden is the leading cultural institution in southern...
Kronprinsens gate 49, 4614 Kristiansand S, Norway
Unlike most hard-to-navigate Norwegian cities, the streets of downtown Kristiansand form a grid pattern known as kvadraturen. At the northern end lies Posebyen, Kristiansand’s old town, whose interconnected wooden houses occupy fourteen blocks....
Gyldenløves gate 9, 4611 Kristiansand, Norway
This neo-Gothic Cathedral is one of Norway’s largest. Standing on the site of three previous buildings, the present edifice withstood a 1940 Nazi attack on Kristiansand. The interiors are modest but there’s a gorgeous altarpiece by Norwegian arist...
Mineralvegen 1, 4737 Hornnes, Norway
Located inside an underground mine, the museum of this mineral park has a spectacular collection of rare and valuable crystals and minerals. Exhibits are engaging and visually appealing (mirrored cabinets, mining-themed displays). Stop by the gift...
Storgata 10, 4790 Lillesand, Norway
A 20-minute scenic drive east of Kristiansand, Lillesand is a smaller, more intimate version of Kristiansand. The life of the town is a bustling harbor and a compact center with shops, cafés and galleries. The neo-Gothic Lillesand Church overlooks...
Artillerivollen 63A, 4616 Kristiansand, Norway
Northwest of the city center, Ravnedalen is a military site turned recreational area with some of Norway’s largest spruce trees as well as many nonnative species such as rhododendron, magnolia and mimosa. The park hosts cultural events while Café...
Skippergata 24B, 4611 Kristiansand, Norway
The largest museum in southern Norway, Sørlandet Art Museum displays an ever-changing line-up of temporary exhibitions, plus a wide range of visual art from fine arts to crafts, with a focus on Nordic artists. The collections are housed in a...
Kroodden, 4624 Kristiansand S, Norway
Five miles west of Kristiansand, this former military fort was built by the German navy during World War II to guard the shipping lanes of the Skagerak strait between Norway and Denmark. The museum houses the world’s second-largest land-mounted...
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