For individuals that are traveling to Norway from Sweden, the town of Halden is the gateway town. The town is set between forests and lakes on one side and a gorgeous archipelago on the other. It sits back on Iddefjorden.
Halden was developed during the 16th and the 17th centuries. It was used as an outpost since it shares a border with Sweden. There are many buildings in the town that have been extremely well preserved. There are also many neo-classical houses here.
The best feature of the town is the Frederiksten Festning. This is a fortress that straddles the ridge located above the town. The fortress has powder houses, ramparts, and a number of passageways. The first of the fortifications of the fortress were built around the year 1643 through 1645. In 1718, Karl XII, the Swedish king of the time, was shot at the fortress when he made a second attempt to attack it.
The fortress includes the citadel and just beyond this is Borgerskansen as well as 3 forts that face east and south. The forts are Overberget, Stortarnet, and Gyldenlove. The museum for the fortress has extensive collections of civil memorabilia and war history. The inner fort has the old brewery and baker and there is also a pharmacy that dates back to the 1870s.
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