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Cafe Strandhaven in Lillesand Southern Norway - Photo: Jorunn Jensen (c) Visit Sørlandet
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City walk in Lillesand

The center of Lillesand bustles with people in its narrow lined streets with charming shops, restaurants, cafés, museums and art galleries.

Lillesand railway station

The red station building for Lillesand Flaksvand railway was built when the railway was opened in 1896. It is in the Swiss style, from the drawings by the architect Due. The railway ran between Lillesand and Flaksvann in Birkenes and was constructed first and foremost to transport timber. It was closed in 1953.

Hotel Norge

Lillesand Hotel Norge was originally built as a tannery in 1838, it has been a hotel since the 1870s. The Norwegian author Knut Hamsun stayed here regularly in the 1930s.

Tollboden / the Customs House

Situated in the centre in Strandgaten. Originally a timber construction, now with external panelling. Built as a fishermen’s boathouse, probably in the 1780s, it was the Customs House from 1838. Listed in 1991.

Rådhuset / Henschiengaarden – the Town Hall

Originally the house of Christen the Merchant, it was built in 1734 and renovated at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Bought to be used as the Town Hall by Lillesand Municipality in 1948. Burnt down in 1976. Restored and awarded the international Europa Nostra prize for good restoration.

Lillesand Town and Shipping Museum

Lillesand Town and Shipping Museum is located in Carl Knudsen-gården. The main building is in Empire style from 1827, and is once again in its original colours. It contains a large collection of tools, kitchen utensils and furniture which give a detailed picture of what our ancestors’ lives were like in a seaport. 

The oldest building in the town

In Strandagaten we find the building known as Sandra Svendsen’s House, which is said to be the oldest in Lillesand from 1723. With its simplicity and fine proportions this is also one of the most beautiful houses in Lillesand.

Lillesand Church

Lillesand church stands on a hill in the very centre called Kirkeheia, and was consecrated in 1889. It was built in the Neo-Gothic / Swiss style, from Herman Thrap-Meyer’s drawings, and is painted in the original colours.

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The streets of Lillesand - Photo: A.Martinsen
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Cafe Strandhaven in Lillesand Southern Norway - Photo: Jorunn Jensen (c) Visit Sørlandet

City walk in Lillesand

The center of Lillesand bustles with people in its narrow lined streets with charming shops, restaurants, cafés, museums and art galleries.

City walk in Lillesand

Source: Visitnorway

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