Fjell Fortress

Fjell, Norway

Fjell fortress was built by the German occupation forces during the Second World War. The construction works were commenced late summer 1942, and completed so far that they could fire the main gun for the first time as early as in June–July 1943. The fort was a significant link in the coastal defence of Norway.

The main gun was also to a certain extent employed in the interception of foreign aircraft raids against Bergen.The fortress has areas over and under the ground, with a network of tunnels two miles long on the surface and in the mountains.

The fortress area is today the property of the Norwegian Armed Forces, while Sotra og Øygarden Forsvarsforening (Sotra and Øygarden Defence Association) are responsible for conducting the preservation and maintenance.

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Founded: 1942
Category: Castles and fortifications in Norway

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Stian Olsen (5 months ago)
Beautiful
Robert Sand (11 months ago)
Fantastic historical place from the 2nd world war. It is recommended to book a tour, which are only available on Sundays. So visit on a Sunday and book in advance. This place has a terrible but interesting story. Worth a visit...
Tomas Bednarik (2 years ago)
Originally erman fortrees buid during word war II. Museum and cafe at this moment. You can take guide tour. Nornaly open on Sunday only, sometimes tour date possible other day in week.
Jens Ekerhovd (2 years ago)
Amazing place with a scary history
Mathias Kvinge (2 years ago)
Great museum, great hike to the museum and an amazing cafe with a great view. I love this place. So peaceful and calm. I do definitely recommend this place. It's the fløyen of Fjell kommune. I have been here multiple times and it never gets boring. Definitely worth the somewhat long drive.
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