Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress), Halden

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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Halden holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • One of the most interesting fortresses i visited, and probably one the highest. A rather steep climb up, but worth it. 
    One of the most interesting fortresses i visited, and probably one the highest. A rather steep climb up, but worth it.  more »
  • Nice views of Halden city and the ocean, it was lovely to walk around on the Festning. We did not visit any museums or took a guided walk, but enjoyed the visit anyways! It's a short walk down to... 
    Nice views of Halden city and the ocean, it was lovely to walk around on the Festning. We did not visit any museums or took a guided walk, but enjoyed the visit anyways! It's a short walk down to...  more »
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  • A fantastic old fort with an exciting history. The view over Halden town is absolutely stunning. A wonderful and great place to spend many hours. Both food and ice cream can be bought at the good restaurants in the area, or the packed lunch can be enjoyed at one of the many beautiful viewpoints.
  • The fort was cool to walk around in and it's got a great view over the city. There are some information boards here and there but I wish there were a few more, I don't know if there is a guided tour but that would've been nice

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