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Posebyen old town in Kristiansand, Southern-Norway Posebyen old town in Kristiansand, Southern-Norway
Posebyen old town in Kristiansand, Southern-Norway.
Photo: Adam Read / Visit Sørlandet
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Visit Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway

Kristiansand is the largest city in Southern Norway and attracts a lot of tourists every year. Kristiansand is a family destination, focusing in activities and attractions for families, one of the largest if these being Dyreparken, a gigantic zoo and amusement park.
Family enjoying beach life sand Åros camping Søgne near Kristiansand
Åros, Søgne
Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Couple eating at restaurant Sjøhuset in Kristiansand
Sjøhuset, Kristiansand
Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Tiger in Kristiansand dyrepark Zoo
Kristiansand dyrepark
Inger Hutchinson, Visit Sørlandet
Kilden Theatre in Kristiansand
Kilden / Olav Breen

Top 10 things to do in Kristiansand

Relax and unwind at Bystranda, the city beach

Bystranda is a Blue Flag beach which basically means clean beach and clean water. Here you will also find Aquarama waterpark and the Palmesus beach festival.

Chill at Fiskebrygga (The Fish Quay)

Fiskebrygga is the fish bazaar in Kristiansand. Visit Fiskeeksperten, and enjoy fine restaurants. During summer the area is buzzing with life and every week there is a large open air concert.

Experience nature, art and culture at Odderøya 

Walking paths, fantastic view, galleries, cafés and beaches. In summer, the island Odderøya is home to several festivals and large outdoor concerts with both national and international artists. Check out what's on in Kristiansand.

Go for a hike or a swim in Baneheia

This large nature area at the north of the city centre is filled with marked walking paths, lakes with bathing and fishing possibilities, lookout points and a lively bird and animal life. In winter, the flood lit trail is prepped for skiing.

Take a stroll through Posebyen (The old town)

Posebyen is the old part of town in Kristiansand with a charming, large connected collection of wooden buildings. On your way back to the city center visit Kristiansand Cathedral.

Explore the coastline

In summer there are several sightseeing boat trips in and around Kristiansand. Visit one of the coastal outports or go island hopping.

Visit Kilden Performance Hall

Kilden, the new performing arts centre for Southern Norway, is filled with concerts, theatre, opera, dance and entertainment. In summer, there are free concerts almost every day. The building itself is worth a visit.

Visit Ravnedalen Valley Nature Park for burgers and music

Ravnedalen is a nature park with scenic surroundings. In the park there is a grand outdoor stage for summer concerts. Stop at Café Generalen for great food and concerts/entertainment during the summer season.

Visit Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park 

At "Dyreparken" you will meet Nordic animals such as wolf, lynx, moose and snow fox, but also exotic animals such as lions, siberian tigers, cheetahs and monkeys. The zoo is also home to Kaptein Sabeltann (Captein Sabretooth) and there are different themed attractions and rides throughout the park.

Visit exhibitions at art museums and galleries

Check out the art scene in Kristiansand at for instance Sørlandets KunstmuseumKristiansand Kunsthall and Galleri Bi-Z.

Learn about history and have fun at the museum

Visit the outdoor museum at Vest-Agder county museum Kristiansand, check out Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, and learn more about World War II in Southern Norway at Kristiansand Cannon Museum, home to the world's second largest cannon. Have fun with coastal culture activities at Odderøya Museumshavn.

Festivals and events in Kristiansand

Explore Kristiansand

Where to stay and restaurants in Kristiansand

Boat trips in Kristiansand and Søgne

Experience the coastline and coastal outports around Kristiansand by charter or sightseeing boats.

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Activities in the Children's City
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum (cannon museum) Møvik Fortress outside Kristiansand was built by the Germans during World War II. The museum houses the only… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
The coal is glowing and the water is boiling on the old steam locomotives on the Setesdalsbanen. Let the venerable station buildings, stylish teak… Read more
Setesdalsbanen Railway line
Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken - is situated only 11 km (6 miles) east of Kristiansand. It actually consists of several parks combined; a zoo and an… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
At Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden you will get to experience natural history from the ice age to the present, and how it developed… Read more
Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
The museum is located at Kongsgård and consists of the Open Air Museum, Miniby (miniature houses) and a main building with a toy exhibition. The… Read more
Kristiansand museum
Posebyen is a nice little city community and the only thing left after the big city fire in 1892. Take a walk around the idylic streets. Posebyen is… Read more
Posebyen - Old town in Kristiansand
Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand is the home of Agder Regional Theatre, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Opera Sør (the regional opera… Read more
Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Aquarama, with its stunning location on Kristiansand city beach (Bystranda), is a resource facility for the region's residents and an attraction for… Read more
Aquarama Bad waterpark
Baneheia extends right up to the Kvadraturen in Kristiansand, and is a much used walking, keep-fit and recreational area. The nature park was… Read more
Baneheia outdoor area
In Lille Nodeviga at Odderøya Museumshavn (museum harbour) you can borrow a rowboat, fold a paper plane or boat, make a pirate head scarf, whittle a… Read more
Odderøya museumshavn - Museum Harbour
Go for a walk (approx. 3 km) on the former island naval base of Odderøya, now a recreation area, in Kristiansand. Walk on idyllic sign-posted paths… Read more
Ready for action? Høyt & Lavt (high and low) climbing park in Kristiansand have challenges for all ages. In the climbing park, you can monkey around… Read more
Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand climbing park
Family rafting is a super fun experience for the entire family. The trip starts by meeting the guides and learning the skills required for the trip on… Read more
TrollAktiv family rafting