Our home in Norway is the place where we frequent the most in Europe. It’s found in the quiet, little peaceful town called Halden. In this city, there aren’t that many big attractions compared to the more famous Oslo city, but there’s one that happens to be one of my favorites. It’s the first tourist attraction I’ve seen in all of Europe, and I still find it beautiful the both times I’ve visited it during the summer and autumn. Welcome to the beautiful Fredriksten Fortress!
Fredriksten Fortress was constructed by Denmark and Norway in the 17th century. They put it up as a replacement for the border fortress at Bohus. It got its name from King Fredrik III of Denmark and Norway. The town of Halden was originally named after him, being known as Fredrikshald between 1665 and 1928.
During our first visit to the fortress, we actually chanced upon a couple getting married. How fabulous is that? “Yes, that’s right, please RSVP to our wedding. It’s going to be next week, at a big, ginormous fortress.” Haha. :)) There’s also a reception area and a restaurant in the fortress.
As of today, the Norwegian defence logistics and administrative college is situated by the fortress. The fortress also hosts several museums and art exhibitions. It’s very very very freakishly cold in Norway, so when the weather permits it during the summer (as even in this season, it’s still cold in Norway), outdoor concerts for classic and contemporary music take place here.
It’s a lot of fun at Fredriksten Fortress! It’s a perfect place to go to when you want to play around, or read a book with serene surroundings, or go for a run, or have a picnic. As you can see, the place is very green and pretty. Take note though that the Fortress is only open from 10am-5pm.
It’s not much in terms of crazy tourist attraction but it’s very historical, it’s a serene and peaceful place, and it’s a big area where you can pretty much do whatever you want to (as long as it abides by their rules of course haha). So if ever you find yourself in Halden, walk/run/hitchhike/take a cab/drive a car on top of the hill and fancy yourself a trip at Fredriksten Fortress.