Official language: Norwegian
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
A bit to the south from Kvadraturen, the city’s centre, there is situated an unusual object – the second biggest cannon in the world. Nearby there are also shelters full of military exhibits.
The oldest Norwegian lighthouse that made it to our time, was built in the 17th century. It is situated on the furthest to the south point of Norway, around 80 km from the city. Today it is premises of a museum.
Do you travel with child? 15 minutes’ drive by car to the east from the city there is a zoo, in which moose, wolfs, or even alligators and camels live.
Start sightseeing from the very city’s centre – Kvadraturen. It is space in the shape of square, that is crossed by streets. You can spend there time in more than 300 different shops. And when you get tired, locals will greet you cheerily in one of more than hundred bars located in that charming area.
One of the biggest cathedrals in Norway is situated in a park Wegeland. Historic church organs still work. If you happen to get on a mess, you can listen to their lovely sound, that spread fantastically through the neogothic temple.
If you come here in warmer season, between middle May and middle October, make sure to visit a fortress Christiansholm from the 17th century. It still has cannons, of course directed at the sea, to defend the city from a raid.
Since Kristiansand is a seaside city, it can’t be lacking the beach. And though temperature there rarely goes to 20 Celsius degrees, locals eagerly sunbathe on the small beach Bystranda near Kvadraturen. Most of times though, swans reign by the shore – they gladly walk on the sand.
As for the old, port city, the heart of Kristiansand is a fish market located near the port. Back in the day, freshly caught fishes were sold there and all other stuff was being dealt with. Today a fish market is a place where you can get fresh fishes, but it also has many restaurants specializing in fish dishes and seafood. Inhabitants are eager to spend there time, so choose that place to have a look at their everyday life.
Norway isn’t among cheap countries. If you want to eat till your fill traditional, Norwegian dishes and don’t spend fortune on it, go to Håndverkeren, a restaurant by Radhusgata 15. Ask for kjøttboller – meat balls or fiskeboller – fish balls. Pasta with salmon is also delicious there.