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“History of the 2nd World War”

Kristiansand Kanonmuseum
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Artillery instalations constructed by German Wehrmacht shortly after the invation of Norway in 1940. a similar battery was built in Hanstholm, Denmark to prevent British warships to approach Norway, Denmark and the Baltic.Ranging about 55 kilometres the batteries in Hanstholm and Kristiansand covered most of the Skaw passage. The Fortress is well kept and will give you a good information of 2nd Worls War history.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Interesting for both jung and old.The germans who buildt this used prisoners of war. It took them some years and plenty of man-hours. The first canon were to be freighted here was sunk in the sea by the english. The big canon (the second biggest in the world) could shot half the way to Denmark.
After the war the norwegian made a testshot and managed to break all the windows on Flekkerøy island!
If You bring Your own picnic basket and the weather is fine this is an excellent place for a pause.As the title says You have an astonishing view over the sea and of the surroundings almost 360 degrees around.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great WWII history site. You feel like you are a part of a WWII movie set. It was cloudy/foggy the day we were there in June, 2013, so I could not see the ocean. We walked from the Queen Victoria cruise ship down the pier to the tourist info booth. They had a info sheet on the Kanon Mueseum and how to get there. We walked to downtown, got 400 Krone from an ATM, then took the city bus from downtown to the museum (about 1/2 hour). The city bus was a tad expensive (I think 38 Krone each way). If you did a rushed walk/tour, you might be able to get back on a return bus before the transfer time expires. But, it is worth spending some time in the museum and paying a separate fare back to down. This 15 inch gun is the same as type as on the Bismarck battleship. The range on this gun was longer (37 Miles?) because it was at a high elevation and could angle the gun up to 55 degrees to take advantage of Northerly winds. I think the only German made cannon bigger than this is a 16 inch gun they installed as another shore battery further north in Norway. Only 6 people from the cruise ship went to the Kanon Museum the day the Queen Victoria was in port. It's a shame that Cunard does not run a ship's excursion to the KanonMuseum. It was a lot more interesting than the regular bus tour of churches that get quickly boring.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Kanonmusuem at Movik (Movig) is located 8 km west of Kristiansand. We took bus #M1 from Kristiansand's city centre near the Tourist Info and got off at "Kroodden" stop. From there, it is a 1 km walk to the site. The museum was part of the coastal batteries built by the Germans during their occupation of Norway in 2nd World War. The cannon was the world's second largest cannon ever mounted on land. We thoroughly enjoyed the large exhibition of military material in underground bunkers and would recommend this visit to others. Bus fare was 19 NOK one way and museum admission was 70 NOK.

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Eva H, Front Office Manager at Kristiansand Kanonmuseum, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2014

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We took our nieces here (ages 13 and 12) and they loved it as much as we did! We had a great tour guide but you could easily tour this on your own. It's an impressive piece of history--the Germans were (and still are) incredible engineers. Parts of the machinery are still functioning thanks to a local man who took a keen interest in the cannon. Views from the museum are great.

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