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Hotels in Kristiansand, Norway - your base to discover the city.

Kristiansand Hotels

Charmingly named, Kristiansand is just as charming to look at. This city on the south coast of Norway has long been a holiday hit with residents of the country, but it's a hidden gem as far as globetrotters are concerned. The secret's out, though, thanks to its many pleasures – from the Neo-Gothic cathedral to the boardwalk along the seafront, this is a place of historic charm and soothing relaxation. And it even has its own city beach, as the icing on the cake.

Things to see

Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park is one of the most popular attractions in Norway, and you'll see why when you get up close and personal to lions, wolves, tigers and even the rare red pandas. More than a place to see incredible creatures, it also features a theme park and live shows that'll bowl the whole family over. If you're after a gentler time, take a stroll through the Fish Quay, where buzzing restaurants are clustered around the slowly drifting boats – where better to tuck into local shrimps and mussels, or a tempting ice cream? To make the most of the seafront, have a splash around on sandy Bystranda beach, which is right by the city centre, while if it's the greener side of nature you're after you can always head over to Ravnedalen. This sprawling park is compellingly rustic with cliffs and flower gardens, sculpted lawns and mirror-like waters. There's simply no better place for a picnic on a sunny day.

Hotels in Kristiansand

The range and quality of hotels in Kristiansand reflect its status as a popular holiday destination for those in the know. You can expect stylishly understated decor and guestrooms that come with the sorts of conveniences travellers expect these days, such as flat-screen televisions and speedy WiFi access. Some of the larger hotels also boast on-site facilities that will really make you feel pampered, such as saunas and spas. You'd almost be tempted to stay put and enjoy the services on offer, if Kristiansand itself wasn't crammed with things to experience.

Where to stay

The majority of hotels in Kristiansand are dotted around the city centre, which is ideal because you don't want to be bothering too much with mastering the various public transport routes during your holiday here. The cluster of comfortable, cost-effective hotels right in the centre will put the various attractions on your doorstep, from the centuries-old buildings to the contemporary amusements of the beach and boat rides.

How to get to Kristiansand

Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik is conveniently located just a short drive away from the centre of Kristiansand itself, making it the ideal gateway to this part of Norway's colourful coastline. It handles both domestic and international flights. That said, if you're getting here from elsewhere in the country, there are very good rail and road links to the city. Once you arrive, you won't need to bother too much with public transport as the city is rather compact and its quaint quayside atmosphere can only really be taken in while getting around on foot.