Fredrikstad Fortress

Fredrikstad, Norway

Fredrikstad fortress was constructed between 1663-1666 by the officer Willem Coucheron and his son Anthony Coucheron following the order of the Dano-Norwegian King Frederick II. A temporary fortification had previously been built on the site during the Torstenson War (1644-1645) between Sweden and Denmark-Norway.

The first commander was appointed 6 January 1662; he was Lieutenant Colonel Johan Eberhard Speckhan. Besides the fortress the prison works was also under the supervision of the commander of Fredrikstad fortress. In 1716 the fortress was used by the naval hero Peder Tordenskjold when he attacked the Swedish fleet during the Battle of Dynekilen.

The only time the fortress were attacked was during the Swedish-Norwegian War (1814). The fortress, under the command of Nils Christian Frederik Hals, capitulated on 4 August 1814. The fortress was closed in 1903, but continued to serve as a garrison. Fredrikstad fortress is unique in Norway by being the only fortress that is preserved as it was. The remaining military installations in Fredrikstad were closed in 2002 and today the fortress with its mix of old buildings and art exhibitions is very popular for visitors.

The fortifications in Fredrikstad include Kongsten fort, Isegran fort, Cicignon fort, Huth fort, Akerøya fort and Slevik battery.

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Founded: 1663-1666
Category: Castles and fortifications in Norway

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Oktay Ahmed (2 years ago)
Must see in the city.
AUM (2 years ago)
nah dawg
Tormod Ellingsen (2 years ago)
Great place. Beautiful, interesting and accommodating. Not necessarily a good bet for people with mobility issues. The museum might be able to help at daytime, though. This also a nice place for an outing and is always open, but be sure to clean up after you. Leaving stuff behind here really ruins the experience for others.
Cyprian Czop (2 years ago)
It's a beautiful fortress on a hill in Fredrikstad, placed at a distance from the Old Town itself, but not very far, so it's worth taking a 10-minute walk from Gamlebyen (fortified Old Town by the river) to visit this well preserved military fort dating back to A.D. 1685. The advantage is a nice view from the hill and fortress walls in all directions and an encounter with a piece of Norwegian history. The gates are open even after dark, so it's convenient to come late. A great and romantic place!
Jozef Kusko (3 years ago)
Very nice fort, you cane have a great view of Fredrikstadt and golf court.
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