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The Fortified Town

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A charming and well kept old town

I have been there multiple times. Always fun and interesting. No matter if they are staging a... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2019
Reykjavik Iceland
Very nice day trip from Oslo

In less than 90 minutes by train from Oslo, which costs about € 45 return ticket. The town is very... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2018
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Northern Europe's best preserved Fortified town, is thriving with history, shops, galleries and café's.
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Torvgaten 59a | Gamle Fredrikstad, Fredrikstad 1632, Norway
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

I have been there multiple times. Always fun and interesting. No matter if they are staging a historical event like a battle between Norway and Sweden or if nothing special is going on. There are restaurants and artists to visit year round. A christmas market...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

In less than 90 minutes by train from Oslo, which costs about € 45 return ticket. The town is very nice to stroll around and to have lunch.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

I was a little early so things werent open but i got a little look around inside the walls and it was impressive.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

This was a very easy day (direct – about an hour) train trip from Oslo. I can’t say that it is among the most interesting sights in Europe, or even in Norway, but if you are staying in Oslo and want to see a different...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 3, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 30, 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 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

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed May 27, 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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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October 30, 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
July 28, 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.