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The Fortified Town

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A well kept oasis of history, culture, food and drink

This is a must-visit if your are in or close to Fredrikstad. The Old Town is extremely well kept... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
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Nice and a lot of small cafees

Nice to stroll and stop for a coffe and cake. Fortress nice to see and visit the old houses. Would... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
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Northern Europe's best preserved Fortified town, is thriving with history, shops, galleries and café's.
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Torvgaten 59a | Gamle Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad 1632, Norway
+47 69 30 46 00
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All reviews fortified town free ferry the river old city nice walk train station cafes and restaurants ferry trip star shaped living city northern europe summer sun main part cobblestone streets miniature railway free of charge saturday
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a must-visit if your are in or close to Fredrikstad. The Old Town is extremely well kept, and allows for pleasant strolls along the river or the moats. Visit the Glass Hut, and have a drink or a meal at one of the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Nice to stroll and stop for a coffe and cake. Fortress nice to see and visit the old houses. Would also recomend to take the city ferry to see city from the river.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Fy F
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We were in our yearly trip to the southern part of Norway and took a trip to Gamlebyen - which is the name in Norwegian - and it is actually outside Fredrikstad. This is without any doubt a place deserving a visit! This Fortified Town...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Migdy R
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We visited here during the week and the sun was shining but it was quiet. We went to the model railway and had our picnic but we felt a bit lost after we had walked around and gone in the church. We came from oslo...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Joanna H
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Go and enjoy the fortified Old Town with all its beauty on a Summer day. Winter is pretty muggy around here...

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Snakefan
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Lots of history, things to see, even for kids a pirate tour, billygoats, a playground. There's a lot of benches all over the place to rest a bit or just enjoy the beauty of the place. The church was open. A lovely day. Go early...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank AnnaHenri
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Extremely large and well maintained Fortress. Sort of a split star fortress with the river running in the middle. And it's huge. The old town is beautiful with plenty of old buildings. Would definitely recommend a visit there of you find yourself in Fredrikstad.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank daphse
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

When in Fredrikstad, visit our fortified town. It is beautiful, no matter what time of year you visit. A lot of small coffee shops and galleries. There is a free spirit among the people living here - just super!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Glenn K
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Do visit the old town if you are in the area. You can access it by ferry from the town.This is a ex military place with many interesting houses, full of history and nice architecture. In the area you can find several restaurants and cafés...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Annika K
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Entering here is an instant return back in time. It is kept very well, still is is very much alive with residents and shops. A great place to spend some time, especially on the summer weekends with the outdoor market. Set aside a few hours...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Response from WirksWanderer | Reviewed this property |
The "old town" is a wonderful unspoilt walled community. There aren't many specific "attractions" It's just fabulous, quiet and unspoilt. Aim to wander around, sit at cafes and restaurants and take it in. There a few cafes... More
29 July 2016|
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Response from H2O40 | Reviewed this property |
There is regular train during The day from Oslo Centralstation. It takes about 1 hour. Be aware that some days they work on The Track so then you take The buss instead. Have a look at NSB webpages . All the best and enjoy... More
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Response from TravelinRobT | Reviewed this property |
The ferry has several terminals in different locations. There is one ferry that goes every five minutes and another that goes to more places every half an hour. At least that was how it was when I went in March.