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Construction of Fredriksten started in 1661 after Norway lost the Bohuslän district and Bohus Fortress to Sweden in 1658. Three subsequent attacks by the Swedes on Halden in 1658-1660 convinced Fredrik 3. the King of Denmark and Norway; a strong, modern fortress was needed. During the war in 1718, Swedish King Karl 12. fell before the walls of Fredriksten fortress.



Fredriksten is Norway`s largest, most important and most venerable border fortress.



Many also find it one of the most magnificent in Europe, majestically located above Halden. It offers a fantastic view of the town and the fjord, and far into what once was enemy territory.



Fredriksten fortress is a fantastic arena for wide variety of events, from intimate theatrical performances to large car shows, concerts and sports events. A number of large outdoor areas and smaller freestanding forts are available for use.
Managed and maintained by the national association for the preservation of fortresses.



* Approx, 150 acres of surrounding terrain
* 20 000 square metres of fortress walls
* 40 buldings and arches
* 3 freestanding forts: Gyldenløve, Overberget and Stortårnet
* Location for public flagging
* Salutes







Activities:



* Museums: Adults NOK 60,- Children NOK 20,-. Experience the war history of the fortress, the exhibition "The town is burning!" and Norways oldest bakery and brewery.



* Audioguide: Walk around Fredriksten fortress and listen to information from an Audio Guide. NOK 50,-



* Fortress trails: Three historic paths around the fortress terrain. Buy the maps at Fredriksten Infosenter - NOK 20,- pr map



*Ghost tour: Come along on a ghost walk among ghosts and slaves. Ghost map at Fredriksten Infosenter - NOK 50,-



* Multimedia display: Shows the history of the fortress in several movies. All for free.



* Guiding: Each Sunday at 14.00, in July and August, you can join one of our knowledgeable guides on a walk around the fortress. Get to know the history back to the first constructions in 1661, and decide for yourself who shot the Swedish King Karl 12 in 1718.



* For groups only: Guiding at the fortress - all year around. Can be combined with a guided tour of the museum.
Contact Halden Turist. Tel. 69190980. info@visithalden.com

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Fredriksten fortress

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Construction of Fredriksten started in 1661 after Norway lost the Bohuslän district and Bohus Fortress to Sweden in 1658. Three subsequent attacks by t...

Fredriksten fortress

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What to do in Halden

Join a guided tour at Fredriksten Fortress or at Rød Manor. Halden also offers nice areas for hiking, fishing and golf.

Attractions in Halden

Fredriksten Fortress in Halden is one of Norway's most visited tourist attractions. You can also experience Northern Europe's highest locks at Brekke.

Where to stay in Halden

There are several accommodation possibilities in Halden, both in the town center and on the outskirts.

Shopping in Halden

The center of Halden is small enough to be navigated on foot, making shopping here a pleasant experience.

Key facts about Halden

There are around 30,000 inhabitants in Halden. During the summer months almost 300,000 people visit Fredriksten Fortress.

Getting to Halden and around

Halden is located between Norway's capital, Oslo, and the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Halden is easily accessible by car, train, bus and plane.
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