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Top Choice Old Town in Fredrikstad

Gamlebyen

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…
Fortress in Halden

Fredriksten Fortress & Museums

Crowning the hilltop behind Halden is the 1661 Fredriksten Fortress, which has resisted six Swedish sieges and never been captured. The fortress covers a large area, much of which is grassy expanses and tumble-down …
Cultural Centre in Oslofjord & Østfold

Storedal Cultural Centre

This cultural centre is 11km northeast of Fredrikstad. The most intriguing feature is the Ode til Lyset (Ode to the Light), a 'sound sculpture' by Arnold Haukeland and Arne Nordheim, which, using photo cells and a c…
Fortress in Drøbak

Oscarsborg Fortress

Don't miss the imposing Oscarsborg Fortress, which lies on an offshore island and dates back to the 1600s. It was the Oscarsborg batteries that sank the German warship Blücher on 9 April 1940, an act that saved the …
Island in Fredrikstad

Isegran

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…
Museum in Oslofjord & Østfold

Borgarsyssel Museum

This excellent Østfold county museum lies in the town of Sarpsborg (14km northeast of Fredrikstad). The open-air display contains 30 period buildings from various parts of the country and includes a vast collection …
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

Cathedral

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…