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
The price is Rs5,711 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Fredrikstad, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Kongsten Fort and Østre Fredrikstad church. Oslofjord is 15.3 mi (24.6 km) away. Fredrikstad ...
3.9/5Very Good! (57 reviews)
"Rimelig og enkel overnatting i kort avstand til gamle byen. Passer bra for barne familier som skal være aktive."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2021

Aktivitetsbyen Gamle Fredrikstad
Hankø Hotell & Spa
Hankø Hotell & Spa
3 out of 5
Vikaneveien 405, Hanko, Fredrikstad, Ostfold
The price is Rs12,188 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Trouville bad, Oslofjord and Theastranda. Andersenslippen and Storesandvik are also within 3 ...
3.5/5Good! (84 reviews)
A not so lovely get away
"The tom was ok. Below normal hotel standard. The “spa” area had som sort of bug or flea, so we had to leave the pool. Our room was on the second floor, and the people on the first floor were smoking at the smell came straight into our room. Also we could hear absolutely everything they said. We ordered ..."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2018

Hankø Hotell & Spa
Hotel Fredrikstad
Hotel Fredrikstad
3 out of 5
Nygaardsgaten 9, Fredrikstad
The price is Rs8,749 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in the heart of Fredrikstad, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Literature House and Nye Fredrikstad Stadium. Gamlebyen Goat & Poultry Farm ...
4/5Very Good! (601 reviews)
Bad air.
"Smelling like old fungus in the hallways. Like a museum. I wouldn't stay there again for my own health purposes."

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Hotel Fredrikstad
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Fredrikstad  sentrum
Fredrikstad sentrum
3.5 out of 5
5 Frydenberggata, Fredrikstad, Østfold
Situated in Fredrikstad, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of The Literature House and Nye Fredrikstad Stadium. Gamlebyen Goat & Poultry Farm and ...
Fredrikstad sentrum
Valhalla Apartment Hotel
Valhalla Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Valhalls gate 3, Fredrikstad, Østfold
Situated in Fredrikstad, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Nye Fredrikstad Stadium. Fredrikstad Station is 18 minutes by foot.
Valhalla Apartment Hotel
Fredrikstad sentrum
Fredrikstad sentrum
Frydenberggata, Frydenberggt 5, Fredrikstad, Østfold
Situated in Fredrikstad, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of The Literature House and Nye Fredrikstad Stadium. Gamlebyen Goat & Poultry Farm and Østre Fredrikstad ...
Fredrikstad sentrum
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