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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SteV R (6 months ago)
A very interesting place. It was fortune, that we stay a night here and we were absolutely surprised of the surroundings. Many ways to walk and you also get the chance to learn something about the history.
Evert Meulie (2 years ago)
A beautiful, quiet historical landmark. When I visited yesterday with my son we were the only ones there. Great views of Fredrikstad from the walls.
Leo Starr (2 years ago)
Everytime I go I enjoy itmoreand more. The change of seasons and all the beauty within... If I move here soon im gonna ask them for a job. These are pano shoots with all the forts within . look close and I will see...
Oktay Ahmed (3 years ago)
Must see in the city.
AUM (3 years ago)
nah dawg
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