About the fortress - Fredriksten fortress - Halden - Visit Østfold

About the fortress

The king of fortresses - the pride of the city!

Throwback picture of the pride of Halden
Throwback picture of the pride of Halden
Photo: Axel Lindahl

Construction of Fredriksten started in 1661 after Norway lost the Bohuslän district and Bohus Fortress to Sweden in 1658. Three subsequent attacks by the Swedes on Halden in 1658-1660 convinced Fredrik 3. the King of Denmark and Norway; a strong, modern fortress was needed. During the war in 1718, Swedish King Charles 12. fell before the walls of Fredriksten fortress.

 

Fredriksten is Norway`s largest, most important and most venerable border fortress.

 

Many also find it one of the most magnificent in Europe, majestically located above Halden. It offers a fantastic view of the town and the fjord, and far into what once was enemy territory.

 

Fredriksten fortress is a fantastic arena for wide variety of events, from intimate theatrical performances to large car shows, concerts and sports events. A number of large outdoor areas and smaller freestanding forts are available for use.
Managed and maintained by the national association for the preservation of fortresses.

 

* Approx, 150 acres of surrounding terrain
* 20 000 square metres of fortress walls
* 40 buldings and arches
* 3 freestanding forts: Gyldenløve, Overberget and Stortårnet
* Location for public flagging
* Salutes

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