Fredrikstad Things to Do
The Fredrikstad Bridge is an arch bridge in the Norwegian city of Fredrikstad. It crosses the river Glomma, and connects the western and eastern parts of the city. The bridge is 824 metres long, with a main span of 196 metres. The sailing height is 39,5 metres. The bridge was opened August 18, 1957, by crown prince Olav V of Norway.In March 2004,...more
The old town of Fredrikstad is situated a bit outside the new city. Easiest would be to go there with car, or by boat over the river from the new city center.It's quite big village, where there nowadays is a mix of old building like the fort, and new modern shops. The later one made at least me a bit disappointed, as I was expecting to see...more
The cathedral of Fredrikstad is open every day except for Saturdays and Monday. Guess which day I was there...?Monday of course...The cathedral, built back in 1880, and then heavily restaurated in 1954, is built in red bricks, in a new gothic style. Whatever that means...?For me the huge church gave off a calm feeling, almost a bit cold...more
In the central parts of Fredrikstad there are some really beautiful buildings. All of them corner buildings for some reason...?During my short walk around the center I couldn't avoid looking up at them, they look very classic.Wouldn't mind having an appartment in one of these houses, guess they look quite nice indoor... It's not much a "Things to...more
This hotel is a 5 minutes walk from the train station. By taxi is cost NOK 75. Very near the city...more
Right across the street from the cathedral in Fredrikstad you'll find Hotel Fontenen. Very central,...more
Turngaten 3, Fredrikstad, 1606, Norway
Good for: Solo
Katti: Expensive but good
As everything in Norway restaurant Katti is over-expensive. But for once I have to say that it's worth the money.
The local is very cosy, with a nice atmosphere and good service. It took a few minutes to get the menu, but after that the service was splendid.
Prices were, to say the least, high. 59 NKR (about 7 euro) for a garlic bread. More than 10 euro for a pizza, and 7,50-8 euro for a beer.
I had a peppersteak, which cost "only" 259 NKR (28-29 euro) with baked potato. I asked it to be done medium, but it sure was more red than medium. Didn't really matter though, as it was more than terrific. The baked potato was so good, and the beer to it was the last thing that made it just perfect.
In total, with tip, the whole dinner costed me 327 NKR. Which should be about 35 euro. Not what I pay for a normal dinner normally, but this time it was worth it.
Favorite Dish: The pepper steak, but then it's also the only thing I've tried. :)
Night club Borg and Pizzanini: Open late, I guess...?
As written above the nightlife in Fredrikstad on a Sunday night is worse than that on a grave yard. Have never seen anything so dead.
According to the nice lady in the reception of Hotel City the night club Borg and the pizzeria/pub Pizzanini were the ones with the best opening hours normally.
Can't say anything about it, but if anyone tries it, let me know so I know for my next visit in Fredrikstad! :)Related to:
- Work Abroad
- Beer Tasting
Fredrikstad Local Customs
The local beer
Since all the bars and pubs in Fredrikstad was closed on Sunday evening I had to settle with the local beer from the minibar at my hotel room.
To my surprise "Fredrikstad Pilsner" was actually good, although not the best beer I had ever had.
According to the bottle the beer has great traditions back to 1567, when the local people started to produce it. This apparently was military times, and a very hard period for the norwegian people as one general person in Fredrikstad by that time drank 8 litres of beer - every day...
And I thought that Swedes drank a lot...?
The beer was nice, more dark than bright. Cost me 35 NKR (4,50 euro) for a 33 cl-bottle. Probably not worth it, but what should one do when I had been waiting for a beer all evening long when I was working...? :)
Funny thing was the sign on the bottle, which was a collection sign, with motivs from the old village of Fredrikstad. I got a canon gun, which apparently was number four in the series.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Fredrikstad Sports & Outdoors
Watching a football game
Fredrikstad FK is the local football club, playing in the first league in Norway. Was founded back in 1903, and was quite successfull in the beginning. Have won the league nine times (last time 1961) and the Norwegian cup (huge in Norway) ten times. First time in 1932, and the last time 1984. Has this year (2006 reached the semifinal, for the time in decades.
During the last decade of the 1900-ties Fredrikstad were playing in lower divisions. Since 2003 they are back again in Tippeligan, the first division in Norway. They have a good crowd, and it's always lots of spectators at their games at Fredrikstad Stadion.
Play their home games dressed in red och white.
Famous players is the Swedish goalkeeper Rami Shaaban (stood a game for Sweden in the World Cup) and Raymond Kvisvik, the technical midfielder who was bought from Brann in 2005.
The Fredrikstad Stadion is old and not very modern. Only a small part of the head tribune has roof, and when it started to rain at the game I visited it soon fell through the roof too.
A new stadium is being built right now, and the plan is that it should be ready for games for the season 2007. From what I saw it will be a very nice stadium, much bigger than the one they have now.
Fredrikstad FK has played in the Europeans cups 16 times, but have only won one of these games.
Equipment: Nothing special. If you want to fit in totally dress in something red and white.