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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  • Absolutely fantastic place and a must see in Halden. I was here on a wedding and this was a place I will definitely remember. We might be lucky since this was a wedding and the one who arranged this.....  more
    Absolutely fantastic place and a must see in Halden. I was here on a wedding and this was a place I will definitely remember. We might be lucky since this was a wedding and the one who arranged this.....  more »
  • Norway do not have many impressive fortresses, but the Fortress of Halden is just great. Stay over night in Hotel Fredriksten close by and book a fantastic evening meal in the restaurant Curtisen... 
    Norway do not have many impressive fortresses, but the Fortress of Halden is just great. Stay over night in Hotel Fredriksten close by and book a fantastic evening meal in the restaurant Curtisen...  more »
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  • So many nice stories and King Karl (Charles) was shot at this fortress. Because they weren't sure where exactly he died they have about 7 stone around the fortress on his memory. The Museum is open only in the Spring. If you go in the winter depends on the weather whether the tour could be easy or hard. You can see the entire Halden when it's not so foggy in the winter and very well in tie Spring.
  • A genuinely fantastic spot to get the overview of the entire city below. I only went at night-time so haven't been to see the inside of the buildings or do any tours, but I imagine they are fantastic

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