Kristiansand, Norway

The colorful yellow, red and white houses of Kristiansand cluster around the town's 17th-century Gothic cathedral. This South Coast town, situated on an estuary of the Otra River, was founded in 1641 by Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway. The picturesque Old Town, called "Kvadraturen" in Norwegian, is known for its right-angled street plan, inspired by Renaissance classicism. Much of the town was destroyed during the intense bombing of WWII, and reconstructed in the vibrant colors you see today.