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The Fortified Town

Torvgaten 59a | Gamle Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad 1632, Norway
+47 69 30 46 00
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Very nice

The old town is very nice, many galleries, nice cafes - try the Magenta - and nice views. Easy to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
360travelling247
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Berlin, Germany
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Great old town feel

When you want to escape big town hustle, then go to this place. Lots of small streets and old... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
DutchTX
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Northern Europe's best preserved Fortified town, is thriving with history, shops, galleries and café's.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“free ferry” (13 reviews)
“the river” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Torvgaten 59a | Gamle Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad 1632, Norway
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"old city"
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"nice walk"
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"cobbled streets"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The old town is very nice, many galleries, nice cafes - try the Magenta - and nice views. Easy to get to with the free ferry.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

When you want to escape big town hustle, then go to this place. Lots of small streets and old buildings. The art scene is nice to see. Great place for small kids, the streets are mostly empty of traffic.

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Really pleasant walk there. Cafes and restaurants. Galleries and great views from the old fortress walls.

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

The trip by train from Oslo was one hour and very comfortable. After a two block walk one is transported by ferry (free of charge) to the town. It is charming. A great place for a picnic. If you are interested in historic sites this...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

A part of Fredrikstad City is the Fortified Town, where you can see some Norwegian history in addition to small shops, cafè`s and some nice restaurants. From Fredrikstad down town, 10 minutes walk to the boat that brings you to this old town. PS: The...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

In the ‘Gamle Fredrikstad’ it feels like time has never passed by. Vintage markets, wooden houses and, in our case, even a historical reconstruction of a battle, including cannon shots! It’s worth it for a stroll.

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

If you want to visit and walk in a cute, old looking and fortified town not far from Oslo, Fredrikstad is the place to go. You can easily get to the city by bus and it’s worth spending half a day or a full-day exploring...More

Thank Christophe B
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

There's a free ferry to take you across to the fortified town from the car park - it's very frequent too. The fortified town itself is quite nice for a stroll. Essentially what you find is a small town full of slightly disappointed groups of...More

Thank lonewolf44
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 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
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

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

1  Thank PeteysGrinnell
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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
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spencer10029
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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whd1733
9 May 2015|
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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.
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