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The Fortified Town

Torvgaten 59a | Gamle Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad 1632, Norway
+47 69 30 46 00
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Cutest Little Town

This town is honestly the most amazing place I’ve ever seen. It makes you feel like you are going... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kinga M
via mobile
Lovely, returned for second visit

Our family with 2 teenagers and my brother and wife visited and enjoyed so much we returned. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Northern Europe's best preserved Fortified town, is thriving with history, shops, galleries and café's.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good33%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“free ferry” (11 reviews)
“fortified town” (18 reviews)
“the river” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Torvgaten 59a | Gamle Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad 1632, Norway
+47 69 30 46 00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This town is honestly the most amazing place I’ve ever seen. It makes you feel like you are going back in time with all the Christmas markets in the old streets. The ferry to the town is also free and makes it a great day...More

Thank Kinga M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family with 2 teenagers and my brother and wife visited and enjoyed so much we returned. The first time was a Sunday and shops were​ closed but we had light lunch and coffee at Cafe Magenta, old prison area, that was delightful. Great scones...More

Thank PeteysGrinnell
Reviewed 14 October 2017

A delightful old walled town with some lovely walks. Quaint old buildings line the cobblestone streets and there are lots of cafes and craft shops. A bit pricey - but we did run to a couple of fridge magnets! Easy to get to...there's a free...More

2  Thank DevaBob
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The old town makes for a relaxing trip back in time. It is a beautiful place a short walk and ferry from the city sentre. You will go for the experience, cute cafes and maybe the lively and inviting Saturday marked.

1  Thank Jonas G
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Not knowing what to expect we were delighted by the old town. It seems to have been preserved in time with quaint cobbled greets, nice cafe/ restaurants and very few cars to disrupt the charm of the place.

2  Thank WirksWanderer
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We arrived in Fredrikstad by train from Oslo. It was a 5 minute walk to the ferry at Cicgnon dock. The ferry is free and takes you to the Fortified Town. We could only go there on a Tuesday in Sept, so the Whale Museum...More

2  Thank bontof
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Even if it is a tourist magnet this old city fort is lovely to just take a walk a nice summer sunny day. looking at ppl and shops. on saturdays it even have used marked in the old town city center. Cafès and Resturants to...More

1  Thank Vichada73
Reviewed 18 September 2017

If you are in the area this is a must! We visited in the early morning before the tour busses arrived. Plenty of parking if you come early. Several small stores, art galleries and restaurants. It is the buildings though that are most interesting. By...More

Thank HappyNorwegians
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I love this Place. We have free ferries from the City every 20 minutes. It is lots of galleries, museum, green areas and Places to see. Nice lunch places are Mormors and Magenta. A really relaxing place with friendly people.

Thank Merete H
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We arrived today on the Thomson Celebration cruise ship to find a marked trail into town, local people in fancy dress, discounts for us in local shops and a general 'we are happy to have cruisers from the Celebration visit us!' atmosphere. It is lovely...More

1  Thank Feenee
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Randy W
31 October 2017|
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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.