Top Choice Old Town in Fredrikstad


The timbered houses, moats, gates and drawbridge of the Fredrikstad Gamlebyen are simply enchanting. The perimeter walls, once defended by 200 cannons, now consist of grassy embankments that make for a very pleasant…
Island in Fredrikstad


Norse sagas mention the 13th-century fortress of Isegran, an islet in the Glomma that became a further line of defence against Sweden in the mid-17th century. The ruins of a stone tower are visible at the eastern en…
Fort in Fredrikstad

Kongsten Festning

On what was once called 'Gallows Hill' stands the flower-festooned Kongsten Festning. Dating from 1685, it once served as a lookout and warning post for the troops at nearby Gamlebyen. Although it can get overrun on…
Cathedral in Fredrikstad


Fredrikstad's 1880 cathedral reflects the town's 19th-century importance with its stained-glass work by Emanuel Vigeland. Norwegian practicality combines here with its piousness: bizarrely, the steeple contains a li…
Museum in Fredrikstad

Fredrikstad Museum

The Fredrikstad Museum is housed in a building dating back to 1776. The downstairs area displays temporary exhibitions, while upstairs you'll find scale models of the Old Town and an interesting collection of relics…
Notable Building in Fredrikstad

Bastion 5

This stone storehouse, built between 1674 and 1691, is one of the oldest buildings in Gamlebyen and now a ceramics showroom.
Ruins in Fredrikstad

Isegran Ruins

The ruins of a stone (originally wood) tower remain visible at the eastern end of Isegran.
Notable Building in Fredrikstad

Old Convict Prison

Among the finest old buildings in town, the old convict prison was built in 1731.
Notable Building in Fredrikstad


Among the finest old buildings in town, dating from 1783.
Gate in Fredrikstad


There are a series of gates within the walls surrounding the old town.