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Baneheia, Kristiansand

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Baneheia is an area in Kristiansand in Norway, mostly known at the national level from the Baneheia case, as the scene of a notorious murder of two girls aged 8 and 10 that took place in 2000. The area is a local recreational area with lakes and forest. The Baneheia area, close to Downtown Kristiansand and Ravnedalen Park, was given to the citizens of Kristiansand by king Christian 4th of Denmark-Norway when the city was founded in 1641.Baneheia as a recreational areaThe lake called '3. stampe' or 'Stampa' is a popular swimming lake with a couple of small beaches and nice water temperatures during summer. On the "Drageknatten" hill, the you can get a nice view of the city center and the docks. Baneheia is used for jogging during spring, summer and autumn and can be used for skiing during winter if there's enough snow. Some parts of the area are even accessible by wheelchair users.HistoryBaneheia used to be quite a sad view, as the trees were gone because of the inhabitants' need of wood. In the 1800s, general Joseph Frantz Oscar Wergeland used soldiers from the city's garrison to plant trees, build stairs, roads etc. and made Baneheia into what it is today.Baneheia murdersThe area is also known for the infamous double murder incident which occurred in May 2000. Two young girls were raped and murdered close by '3. Stampe' -lake and their bodies hidden in the adjacent woods. The case sent shock-waves through Norwegian society and the name "baneheia" is today mostly synonymous with the gruesome crime.
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  • Walk around picturesque hill with ponds and hidden places. Mostly paved trails. Calm and relaxing. You can approach the hill from different sides - study the map thoroughly!  more »
  • Baneheia is Kristiansands main recreation area. It's a great place to go swimming at summer alone and with friends or family. It is also a very nice place to jog or walk as it stretches for miles thro...  more »
  • Baneheia is great to just off the Centre of Kristiansand. Just a few minutes walk from the main street in 1974. It is easy to find with good signage. The area suitable for all types of recreation throughout the year such as jogging, walking, and swimming in the summer.
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  • Nice place to walk around the lakes. Beautiful views and places to hace a bath
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  • For visitors staying in town, even if you only have a couple of hours, take time to stroll around this beautiful area. It also has great views across the whole town.
  • Amazing hiking terrain and bathing water
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  • Great hiking terrain!
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