Top Choice Zoo in Kristiansand

Kristiansand Dyrepark

Off the E18, 10km east of Kristiansand, Dyrepark is probably the favourite holiday destination for Norwegian kids. The former zoo is several parks rolled into one. There's a fun fair that includes rides such as the …
Top Choice Gallery in Kristiansand

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

This exceptional regional art museum focusses on both fine and craft-based practices, and the collection includes some particularly strong contemporary work from local, Norwegian and Nordic artists. There is a brigh…
Fortress in Kristiansand

Christiansholm Fortress

Strandpromenaden's hulking centrepiece is the distinctive Christiansholm Fortress. Built by royal decree between 1662 and 1672 to keep watch over the strategic Skagerrak Straits and protect the city from pirates and…
Gardens in Kristiansand

Agder Natural History Museum & Botanic Gardens

The winding paths through the established 50-hectare park at Gimle Estate lead through a botanic garden that also contains rocks, minerals, stuffed animals and greenhouses containing the largest collection of cacti …
Cathedral in Kristiansand

Kristiansand Cathedral

Built in 1884 in late Gothic style, the Kristiansand Cathedral, with seating for 1800 people, is Norway's third-largest church.
Museum in Kristiansand

Kristiansand Museum

Located 4km east of town on the E18, this open-air folk museum houses a collection of 40 farmsteads and hamlets from the Setesdalen region and Kristiansand itself. In summer there are lots of kids' activities, inclu…
Gallery in Kristiansand

Kristiansand Kunsthall

Shows change seasonally, but are usually high-concept, challenging surveys well worth a browse. It's a stunning space, with a rare elevated town outlook. It hosts key events during the annual Punkt festival.
Area in Kristiansand


The Kristiansand Posebyen takes in most of the 14 blocks at the northern end of the town's characteristic kvadraturen (square grid pattern of streets). It's worth taking a slow stroll around this pretty quarter; its…
Park in Kristiansand

Baneheia & Ravnedalen

Baneheia and Ravnedalen, both north of the city centre, offer greenery and a network of lakeside hiking and skiing tracks for those keen to escape the city for a while. Both parks were created between 1870 and 1880 …
Notable Building in Kristiansand

Bentsens Hus

Well-preserved building in Posebyen.