Fredrikstad Fortified Town, Norway
Fredrikstad’s historic Old Town is a dynamic quarter of the city, full of history.
Want to see Fredrikstad at its most modern? Go to the Old Town!
It may be over-simplifying its history somewhat, but the old Fortress Town can be regarded as a designer town. Founded by a king fond of parties; developed by officers with continental swagger and a penchant for powdered elegance and military aesthetics.
Plenty of Norwegian towns have their old districts, but only Fredrikstad has the Old Town. Don´t be misled by the antiquated name, this place is nobody´s maiden aunt! On the contrary, the Old Town is still young and promising, having recently hung up its army uniform for good – after 350 years of military discipline – and slipped into its civvies.
With history as a springboard the Old Town is putting itself on display, in its markets, carnivals and culture. You´ll find a bakery, a restaurant, shops with antiques and groceries, galleries and a museum. All framed within the extraordinary fortress walls; it´s not “hype” when the Old Town is described as Northern Europe´s best preserved fortress town – it´s plain fact.
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