Movik Fort

About eight kilometers west of Kristiansand lies Movik fort (german Vara). Here on a height the germans built between 1941 and 1944 a coastal artillery overlooking Skagerak. Together with Movik’s sister battery Hanstholm in Denmark, their mission was block the sea route for allied naval forces on their way to for instance, Baltic sea. The fort had four gun racks, but the fourth was never put into service because the intended gun was sunk along with the freighter carrying it. The other three guns were of the same type as the guns found on the battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished with museum (2017).

Location: 58°05'28.04" N 07°58'03.26" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

One of the big guns is preserved and gives you an idea how huge Bismarck and Tirpitz really were. Beside the gun, there are both preserved and destroyed ruins worth visiting.

Follow up in books: Saunder, Anthony: Hitlers´s Atlantic Wall (2014).