Based around a huge cannon built by the Germans in World War II, the Cannon Museum Kristiansand originally served to defend the coastline from Allied forces during its occupation of the country. Today, the museum is a popular tourist attraction for visitors from home and abroad.
The Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand is the perfect base for exploring Kristiansand and all of its attractions, including the Cannon Museum Kristiansand. Located only 500 meters from the hotel, the Cannon Museum is an ideal place to start or finish any sightseeing trip.
Exploring the Cannon Museum in Kristiansand
During the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War, the Kristiansand Cannon was built to defend the Skagerak shipping lanes from Allied navies. Weighing 337 tonnes, the impressive cannon is 380mm in calibre and is one of the museum's most impressive wartime artefacts. The barrel alone weighs 110 tons and measures 19.76 meters in length. The weapon, the second-largest land cannon ever built, is so powerful that its range stretches halfway to Denmark.
The museum explains the history and structure of the cannon in detail and has many other materials and artefacts from World War II. In addition to souvenirs, the Kristiansand Cannon Museum also sells Norwegian military clothing.
Staying at the Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand
The Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand is the ideal city centre hotel in Kristiansand, thanks to its upmarket accommodation, a fully equipped fitness center and the excellent Brasserie C Restaurant.
Transport links from the hotel ensure guests can easily reach every major attraction in Kristiansand.