The Fortified Town - Fredrikstad and Hvaler - Visit Østfold

Welcome to The Fortified Town

Northern Europe's best preserved fortified town, Gamlebyen, is thriving with history, shops, galleries and cafés.

Gamlebyen is one of Northern Europe’s real treasures. In well-preserved buildings and along cobbled streets you will find a blend of everyday life, art, history, quaint shops, museums, galleries, theatres and charming cafés. People have shopped here since 1640! The shops are open all year, also Sundays. There is a weekend flea market and a Christmas market at weekends before Christmas. Every season in the Old Town has its charm and rewards your visit.

 

Gamlebyen has a busy and varied calendar of concerts and festivals. And is brim-full with history. A stroll in its streets carries you back several centuries.

 

The star-shaped defence walls around the town are perfect for picnics and strolls and for slowing your pulse. Gamlebyen is a living part of Fredrikstad, with good food, attractive shops and a unique atmosphere.

 

Gamlebyen is renowned for its artists’ studios, from which you can buy everything from pottery and sculpture to textile art.

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