Movik Fort

Movik Fort, Kristiansand: Address, Phone Number, Movik Fort Reviews: 4.5/5

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Movik Fort was established by the German occupation forces during the Second World War and is part of the Atlantic Wall the German occupation forces line of defence along the coast of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway. Movik Fort is a former German fort in a class of its own. It is of great national and European significance and is one of our National Fortifications.
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Timski4u
Plymouth, UK367 contributions
Remberances of WW2
Nov 2019
On a hillside just outside Kristiansand you can find the 2nd largest cannon if the world and it's a truly impressive structure. Apparently it could shoot half way to Denmark and there was a similar cannon in Denmark that could shoot almost half-way towards Norway. The area in the middle was mined. You can go around, in and under the cannon where there is a very impressive and informative museum. With a guide, history comes alive, as does the strange and quirky history of this place.
Written November 17, 2019
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Roaming Our Way
Fairplay, CO725 contributions
Neat place to visit
Sep 2019
Came here to see the big gun and stumbled onto this bunker. Amazing! You can walk through it and on it so wear good shoes.
Written October 11, 2019
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Munjo
Angola, NY2,524 contributions
Amazing DO NOT MISS
Jul 2019 • Solo
I almost missed this having arrived on Viking Cruise ship. They made zero reference to this historic gun and bunker. Stumbled upon it reading “near by things to do”.

This gun and bunker is incredibly complete and is an amazing relic of the western wall. By far the best Nazi bunker complex I have ever seen
Written July 28, 2019
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Jan M
Oslo, Norway53 contributions
A look back to WW2
Jun 2019 • Solo
that place is a good spot for those who keep looking out for the relics of WW2, a huge fortress with ditches and small catacombs under the ground. A lot of rooms closed, imagine what's hiding behind.. :) and of course a huge canon on the hill which is now under reconstruction, hope it will make it look better afterwards. Museum is situated straight under the canon with plenty of German relics and devices from WW2.. it's usually windy upthere as it's on the top, but the view is a killer and worth it.. btw completely easy to get upthere by car..parking lots everywhere.
Written June 22, 2019
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JLarsson
Stavanger, Norway187 contributions
A fantastic fort, a «must visit.»
Sep 2017 • Friends
If you are in Kristiansand and have some interest in war history Møvik Fort is a must to visit. We spent a day at the fort and went through entire area. But entering the last (of 3-4 turrets) 38cm turret is the major attraction, you can enter the turret itself or the bunker holding it. When we were there the staff started the generator that supply power to the facilities and mainly movement of gun and turret. A great place to visit.
Written August 1, 2018
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Eivind H
Kristiansand, Norway49 contributions
The old naval artillery. One of the best sights in Kristiansand
Jun 2017 • Couples
During WW2 the Germans constructed this impressive naval fortress. The 38 cm naval gun is still standing, and fully operational! But sadly the place lacks funding so the gun itself is in desperate need of renovation. The bunker underneath is packed with all kinds of remnants dating back from WW2. There is a nice display of uniforms, guns etc and they have restored the bunker itself to its war like presence. They have also got the old ammunition train to run again, so you can ride around the compound. There is also a magnificent views overlooking the city and its harbor. Use bus or taxi to get there.. Its way to long to walk from city center
Written September 21, 2017
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bjois
Kristiansand77 contributions
Memories from 2. World war.
Jul 2017 • Family
If you are interested in modern history and specially the 2. World War, this is a very interesting site. Batterie Vara har one of the biggest cannons in the world. The reach was half way to Denmark. So it could hit almost every warship approaching Norway. It's interesting to watch the huge dimentions of the whole site, where the soldiers did bring the big amunitions and the big bunkers they lived inside the the big cannon itself. Huge and scary.
Written September 6, 2017
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Mike M
San Diego, CA203 contributions
Impressive
Aug 2017 • Couples
You can read about how big this cannon is, but can't really appreciate how massive it is until you actually see it. It is amazing that this is still in working order, a great testament to misguided craftsmanship. A must see.
Written August 29, 2017
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Westralia
Perth, Australia106 contributions
Extraordinary World War 2 site of the Atlantic Wall
Jun 2017 • Solo
Many reviewers here have commented on the extraordinary giant cannon here, one of the largest remaining in the world. It is fully functional, and every so often the museum curators raise the barrel and traverse it around (but not fire it!). The accompanying museum within the fortified complex below displays all of the facilities that supported this cannon and its crew. This includes re-creations of the crews quarters and original artwork. Practically all of the materials are original. The site to me exudes a certain grimness, appropriate to its purpose and original function. Much of the site was constructed by forced labor.

In truth, this site offers even more to the truly hardcore enthusiast, than just the big cannon. For instance, a second big gun emplacement which never had its gun installed is present, together with a collection of other smaller German cannon and supporting gear (e.g. power plants, searchlights). This collection of equipment is kept in the same shed as the railway which was used to deliver the shells, and now used for tours. Many other smaller buildings and fortifications are present, but not all are open for inspection. One could spend virtually a day exploring this site if so inclined. Also a great picnic spot with wonderful views.

Highly recommended to anyone with at least a passing interest in one or more of World War 2, history, or feats of heavy engineering. A truly remarkable place to visit, with little or as much as you could want to see. The big cannon is the highlight, but there is so much more.
Written July 25, 2017
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Leif T
Kristiansand, Norway12 contributions
The worlds second largest cannon from ww2 still in working order.
May 2016 • Family
Go see the biggest ship cannon in the world.
The barrel itself weighs 13000 kg. Many interresting things to see and a fantastic view over the Kristiansand area. Great picknick area.
Written April 12, 2017
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