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Kristiansand Sights and Landmarks Guide, Norway

Kristiansand Sights – The Fish Market

Kristiansand doesn’t have many spectacular sights to offer but the Nordic atmosphere in the city will definitely make it worth a visit. The best way to enjoy this feeling to the maximum and get in touch with the way locals eat and live is to take a visit to the Fish Market, probably the most visited of the Kristiansand sights. It attracts people from all Northern Europe and also from Oslo or Bergen due to the nicer and nicer ambiance it provides each summer. People come by boat and anchor near the market and besides visiting the products themselves they have a nice meal at one of the many seafood restaurants in the area or they just enjoy a walk on the nearby seafront.

Kristiansand Sights – The Zoo and Amusement Park

Another very important objective among the Kristiansand sights is their incredible Zoo. It is located just outside the city in the eastern part and it has a wide selection of animals that go with the natural habitat: tigers, wolves, the lynx, but also a large reptile house and the bizarre red panda. This place is ideal for kids as there are lots of programs and activities going on during peak season, like toy houses or pirate adventures. These also have cultural references, as the toy house called Kardemomme is based on a book by a Norwegian children’s writer, T. Egner. The pirate castle hosts pirate shows until late in the evening, their main attraction being Norway’s most famous pirate, Kaptein Sabeltann. The admission price during the peak season can run up to 32 euros, which includes all day and all activities.

Kristiansand Sights – Strolling Through the City

If taking a walk through the city there are some certain objectives you will surely find interesting. Care for some shopping? The Markens gate is the main shopping street in the city and it is mostly pedestrian, so access is good and pleasant. When you get tired of all the shopping you should take a trip through what’s left of the old city centre, Posebyen, with small white wooden houses and a very quiet atmosphere. For a longer walk or even a picnic go just outside the city centre and find Ravnedalen, a lovely park with steep cliffs and colorful flower gardens. The park also has a small café and during summer there are sometimes music performances.

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