Fredrikstad

Travel Guide
Fredrikstad
Fredrikstad is the biggest and possibly the nicest city in the county of Østfold, and is often called “Plankebyen” (the Plank Town). Fredrikstad is, among other things, known for its lovely Old Town.

Fredrikstad is located at the mouth of the river Glomma, where it meets the Oslofjord. A weekend getaway to Fredrikstad is warmly recommended. Enjoy city life and shopping or relax and visit the historic Old Town.

The name “Plankebyen” (Plank Town) comes from a time when the city was one of the most important harbours for Norwegian timber. Today, Fredrikstad is defined by the river Glomma, which separates the New Town in the west from the Old Town in the east. To get from one side to another, you can take Norway's smallest and most enchanting ferry, Gamlebyferga (the Old Town Ferry). It goes from Cicignon in the New Town to the heart of the Old Town, and best of all, it’s free! The journey across the river takes less than two minutes.

The Old Town in Fredrikstad was founded in 1567, and the majestic Fredrikstad festning (Fredrikstad Fortress) was built around 1660. Today, it is Northern Europe's most well-preserved fortified site. Travel several hundred years back in time as you look around and explore the fortress walls and the very well maintained buildings. To get a look into its exciting history, you should also visit the museum inside the fortress.

Be sure to pay a visit to the lovely cafés and bakeries in the Old Town. You'll also find small galleries and craft shops where you can buy local art. Don't miss the old restaurant and pub Major-Stuen, which for many years has been a favourite of locals and travellers alike.

The New Town, offers a wide range of cafés, shops and cultural institutions. Have a look and see if there are any local cultural events during your stay. Fredrikstad is also a lively summer town with charming terrace bars and restaurants, swimming pools, and fun summer theatre productions. Football lovers should visit Fotballmuseet (the Football Museum) at Nye Fredrikstad Stadion (New Fredrikstad Stadium).

A weekend trip to Fredrikstad is one where old and new, history and city life, football and culture, river and sea all go hand in hand—in other words, Fredrikstad has something to offer for each and every visitor.

Where to stay in Fredrikstad

Aktivitetsbyen Gamle Fredrikstad
Aktivitetsbyen Gamle Fredrikstad
3 out of 5
16 Torsnesveien, Fredrikstad, Østfold, 1630
The price is Rs6,102 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Fredrikstad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Old Fredrikstad Golf Club and Kongsten Fort are ...
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"God service, rene og ryddige rom. Rene toaletter."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2022

Aktivitetsbyen Gamle Fredrikstad
Quality Hotel Fredrikstad
Quality Hotel Fredrikstad
3.5 out of 5
Nygaten 2-6, Fredrikstad, 1607
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The price is Rs10,841 per night from 3 Sep to 4 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Fredrikstad. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (798 reviews)
Comfortable
"Great location, clean and excellent choices of breakfast."

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2021

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Hankø Hotell & Spa
Hankø Hotell & Spa
3 out of 5
Vikaneveien 405, Hanko, Fredrikstad, Ostfold, 1621
The price is Rs17,503 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Fredrikstad. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Trouville bad and Theastranda are located ...
3.5/5 Good! (115 reviews)
Great stay!
"Great staff and a nice and clean room. The island is great for hiking og training. We also had long swims in the fjord."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

Hankø Hotell & Spa
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Valhalla Apartment Hotel
Valhalla Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Valhalls gate 3, Fredrikstad, Østfold, 1608
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Fredrikstad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Popular attractions The Literature House and Nye Fredrikstad ...
Valhalla Apartment Hotel
Fredrikstad  sentrum
Fredrikstad sentrum
3.5 out of 5
5 Frydenberggata, Fredrikstad, Østfold, 1608
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Fredrikstad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and barbecues. Popular attractions Nye Fredrikstad Stadium and The Literature ...
Fredrikstad sentrum
Fredrikstad sentrum
Fredrikstad sentrum
Frydenberggata, Frydenberggt 5, Fredrikstad, Østfold, 1608
Stay at this villa in Fredrikstad. Enjoy free WiFi, barbecues and a sofa bed. Popular attractions Nye Fredrikstad Stadium and The Literature House are located ...
Fredrikstad sentrum
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