It may be over-simplifying its history somewhat, but the old Fortress Town can be regarded as a designer town. Founded by a king fond of parties; developed by officers with continental swagger and a penchant for powdered elegance and military aesthetics.
Plenty of Norwegian towns have their old districts, but only Fredrikstad has the Old Town. Don´t be misled by the antiquated name, this place is nobody´s maiden aunt! On the contrary, the Old Town is still young and promising, having recently hung up its army uniform for good – after 350 years of military discipline - and slipped into its civvies. With history as a springboard the Old Town is putting itself on display, in its markets, carnivals and culture.