Kristiansten Fortress, Trondheim

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Standing on a hilltop offering a spectacular view of the city, Kristiansten Fortress originally served in the 17th century as a city defense wall. During World War II, the occupying German forces used it as an execution site. Tour the defense museum within the main building, the Donjon. The former commandant's residence now houses a full restaurant, and activity trails are available for children. Wear comfortable shoes to walk to the fortress and pack a light jacket. Our Trondheim trip planning app makes visiting Kristiansten Fortress and other Trondheim attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Quite a walk up and in February best use ice spikes on your shoes! The views over Trondheim are spectacular, so worth the effort!!  more »
  • It's quite the hike to get up to the fortress if you're walking, but the effort is worthwhile. The fortress provides stunning views of the city below, and beautiful sweeping lawns to enjoy. Doesn't hu...  more »
  • Kristiansten fortress is one of the 14 fortifications which was listed in 2004. The fortress was built 1682-1684 after fire 18.4.1682 on the orders of King Christian V, at the same time with the structure of the city. The thrones on the natural height above bakklandet district landmark of Trondheim with its surroundings. The fortress has historical details from several eras, most recently as the execution site both during the war 1940-45 and the settlement after the war. By the visit there was still many that lay and cost in the lovely sunshine that day. Nice view of the entire city and free access.
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  • Absolutely gorgeous location, commanding fine views over Trondheim itself and beyond. On a clear day, this place has a serene calm at odds with its bloody and dark past. Free to enter, it could benefit from more visitor amenities and information on historical events, etc. The climb is well worth the visit, though, as its thoroughly gorgeous.
  • Great place, free entrance... Monumental walls and great views... had bad luck and place was windy and chill. Cold was passing through the bones, but we warmed ourselves in cozy diner on site...
  • Go here is you want to have a nice hike. And a great view of the city of Trondheim. I really liked it here, some people where even doing yoga in the grass.
  • Great place to walk around, it is free to visit. You have a great view on Trondheim from this Festning. Don't forget to walk into the main building for some bit of history about the place
  • A very nice place to see Trondheim from high! Nice also the park that is around the festning!

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