Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress), Halden

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Historic Site Military Facility
At Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress), view the remaining fortifications of the hilltop walled city that has played an important role in Norwegian military history. Built in 1661, the fortress was often besieged but never defeated, which is a point of pride for Halden residents. Most notably, Swedish king Charles XII was shot here in 1718. Climb the ramparts for great views over Halden, the harbor, and the fjord running between Norway and Sweden. Visit the museum within the walls, which displays various political and military history exhibits. You'll find various eateries inside. Keep an eye on small children, as there are no railings or ropes guarding the drop-offs. To visit Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress) on your holiday in Halden, and find out what else Halden has to offer, use our Halden vacation planner.
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  • Very good scheme and a lot to look at:) Nice and have with dog. A bit silly that it was not open so you could see all the places but.
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  • Fredriksten fortress is exciting for both large and small. Great and large area to enjoy themselves on, and is suitable for the history of happy people, but also for those who want a relaxation. Clever tutorials and lots of interesting history. For those who want to take a breather, so there are several great cafes and restaurants, and there is room to take a picnic at the big open areas. If you are in Norway, I recommend a visit to the fortress.
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  • An open festning is really exciting for all families with children too. The children must, however, be prudent when they go at festningen because there is not blocked by all sites so you have to have respect for the edges and the few road markings there is. But otherwise, it's a free site that leaked around and feel the historical atmosphere and, not least, beautiful views. You can buy a ticket for the indoor museum, theatre performances and this year there were ghost tours with quiz, shapes and sounds that made it a little more exciting. the terrain is somewhat hilly. Always worth a visit.
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  • Amazing fortress with almost full access to the grounds. Beautiful view of Halden and the river. Great place for afternoon walks.
  • Great place - saw Mozarts Zauberfloete there
  • Unique site to visit! Historical site, topped with an amazing view. 2-3 hours tour, and one of the most pleasent atmosphere.Watch out for the windy days though!
  • Historical site. Fredriksten is a fortress in the city of Halden in Norway.
  • What a great place, full of history with no H&S to restrict your movement over the walls. Everywhere has information boards in Norwegian and English. Wonderful coffee shop (reasonably priced) to refresh yourself half way round. Great day out.

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