Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fredriksten Festning

So, the amazing and extremely helpful thing about Halden, Norway is that they have a fortress, right in the city. Now, I use it mostly as a landmark to get where I want to go, but it's also a great place just to clear your mind at, get a good look at the layout of the city or just walk through history. The fortress is over 300 years old and has been invaded quite a few times by Sweden (The Norwegians even killed the Swedish king outside of the fortress walls, and there is a statue commemorating that.)

It's regarded as one of the most scenic and beautiful fortresses in Europe, according to a local travel guide that I picked up today.

So, behold, Fredriksten Festning (Fredriksten Fortress).

#Selfie (This is over the cliff at Fredriksten, and you're looking at Old Town in Halden. The oldest buildings in the town.)

The water you're looking at is called Iddefjorden.

There are many different cultural events here throughout the year. They've also got a bakery, brewery and a restaurant in some of the fortress' old buildings.

Stay tuned for my next posts about things such as a boat ride on Iddefjorden, My trip to the North Sea near Larvik, and my first/second ferry rides across the ocean!

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