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Kristiansand
Travel Guide

Kristiansand

Kristiansand is known as the most summery of all summer towns in Norway, but there are things to do and see there all year round, not just the zoo and the city beach.

Kristiansand is the largest and perhaps the liveliest city in Southern Norway, and attracts throngs of tourists every year. A holiday in Kristiansand is exciting for the family, not least because it is home to Norway's biggest zoo. The city is a great travel destination for a weekend trip or holiday—for families, friends, and couples alike.

Start off your holiday in Kristiansand with a trip to the zoo, Dyreparken, which is worth a visit even if you’re travelling without kids. In the summer, Kaptein Sabeltann's (Captain Sabertooth) show is extremely popular, and the same is true of Kardemommeby town. Stay the night and say hello to the main characters: Kasper, Jesper and Jonatan. Kutoppen farm and Hakkebakkeskogen (Hakkebakke Forest) are especially popular with the little ones. Come and see tigers, giraffes, camels and lemurs in the zoo—there's something for the whole family! In Dyreparken, there is also a waterpark, where you can cool down or enjoy the slides.

Kristiansand is also bustling with lovely cafés, restaurants and many fashionable clothing shops. Set aside time to walk around the centre and Markens, the charming pedestrian street in Kvadraturen. Eat an ice cream or have a beer in one of the many bars and restaurants, and finish your day with a great dinner.

Kristiansand is one of the few cities in Norway with its own city beach. It's a great place to sunbathe and play in the summer, but is also good for walking in the winter or picnicking in autumn. There are also smaller beaches where you can hide away. The city field in Baneheia is a wonderful place for recreational activities.

Take a trip to the old part of town, called Posebyen. It's a lovely place where you can enjoy the old wooden houses. Also make sure to go to a concert or exhibition in the city's new pride and joy, Kulturhuset Kilden (Kilden Culture House), which is a great piece of architecture. Art lovers shouldn’t miss miss Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (Southern Norway Art Museum) and Kristiansand Kunsthall (Kristiansand Art Gallery). Or what about a trip to the canon museum, Kanonmuseet?

Kristiansand is a city with speed and excitement, sun and summer, but also shopping, cultural experiences and a beautiful coastal landscape. In other words, there is more than enough to do!

Sjøgløtt Hotell
Sjøgløtt Hotell
2.5 out of 5
Østre Strandgate 25, Kristiansand
The price is £58 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Kristiansand, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Christiansholm Festning and Markens Gate. Kristiansand Domkirke and Kristiansand Cathedral ...
3.9/5Good! (142 reviews)
"Nice hotell with an excellent staff. The only "problem" was the shower hose. They told us they had free waffles all day you could make, but they were always empty when we wanted."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018

Sjøgløtt Hotell
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
3.5 out of 5
Østre Strandgate 74, Kristiansand
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £208 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Offering direct access to the beach, this Kristiansand hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Aquarama Bad and Bystranda. Christiansholm Festning ...
4.3/5Excellent! (940 reviews)
Nice and clean room but not much.
"Nice clean hotel but no basic amenities in room. No coffee or tea in room."

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
Citybox Lite Kristiansand
Citybox Lite Kristiansand
3 out of 5
12 Tordenskjolds gate, Kristiansand, Agder
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £76 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in the heart of Kristiansand, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Markens Gate, Kristiansand Cathedral and Kristiansand Domkirke. Fiskebrygga and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Godkjent.
"Rent, greit hotellrom. Sentralt. Rimelig pris."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Citybox Lite Kristiansand
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Solferie Holiday Home Sigrids vei
Solferie Holiday Home Sigrids vei
3.5 out of 5
Sigrids vei 4, Kristiansand
Situated in Kristiansand, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of University of Agder, Oddernes Church and Paradisbukta. Aquarama Bad and Bertesbukta are ...
Solferie Holiday Home Sigrids vei
Solferie Holiday Home Bjørnestien
Solferie Holiday Home Bjørnestien
3 out of 5
Bjørnestien 2, Kristiansand
Situated in Kristiansand, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Oddernes Church and University of Agder. Aquarama Bad and Bertesbukta are also within ...
1.5/5 (2 reviews)
Kriminelle utleiere av ferie leiligheter?
"Da jeg ankom de som leier ut disse boligene for andre privat personer, hadde de slettet min ordre! Han smilte bare sleskt til meg, og "tildelte" meg en LITEN HYBEL. så liten at jeg ikke en gang bodde så trangt da jeg var student! Og han på kontoret i Holbergs gate 41 ba meg om å ikke si i fra til ..."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2018

Solferie Holiday Home Bjørnestien
Solferie Holiday Apt. Møllevannsveien
Solferie Holiday Apt. Møllevannsveien
3.5 out of 5
Møllevannsveien 15D, Kristiansand
Situated in Kristiansand, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Markens Gate, Kristiansand Cathedral and Kristiansand Domkirke. Fiskebrygga and ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Poor conditions
"Doors and windows not in working conditions, no bed linens, dirty and lots of private stuff on benches and cabinets"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2018

Solferie Holiday Apt. Møllevannsveien
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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