Top things to do

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…
Norwegian in Fredrikstad

Majoren's Stue og Kro

This rustic place specialises in Norwegian dishes cooked in a slow, old-fashioned manner that seems almost bang on trend again, along with more standard burgers and fish and chips, served either in the formal dining…
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…
Asian in Fredrikstad

Riviera Fusion

This contemporary Asian-fusion place (think stir-frys, tempura and Thai curries alongside steaks and Italian seafood grills rather than actual fusion dishes) is set in a historic shopfront and has a summer terrace o…
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…
Music in Fredrikstad

Glomma Festival

The Glomma Festival runs in late June or early July. It's dedicated to culinary delights and musical performances, ritual duels, a 'bathtub regatta' for creative vessels, and a veteran-sailing-ship exhibition. It's …
International in Fredrikstad


A friendly, always bustling pizza and old favourites (burgers, fish and chips, fish soup) place. It's as popular a spot for a drink as it is a meal.
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.