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Fredericia, Denmark

Right on the Jutland peninsula is the striking town of Fredericia, a historic Danish military stronghold founded by Frederick III in 1650. Fortified city walls, historic monuments, and military remnants abound throughout the town, and it still serves as a major barracks for Telegrafregimentet, the Royal Danish Army’s Signals Regiment. But its most current claim to fame is its laidback, seaside vibe with the best in Danish history and culture to take in.

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Fredericia, Denmark

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

If you only had one hour to spend in Fredericia, let it be spent strolling the incredible City Walls. Construction on Fredericia’s City Walls began when the city was founded and still remains a testament to the Danish’s mighty military. It takes about one hour to stroll through the centuries-old fortress and is surrounded with old cannons as well as historical statues commemorating battles past. Be sure to climb up to the White Water Tower—the sweeping cityscapes will be well worth the effort.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • See Fredericia’s most famous landmark, Landsoldaten (“The Foot Soldier”)—a tribute to the Danes who protected the city during its tumultuous past.
  • Pay a visit to the Gunpowder Tower, the oldest military building in Fredercia which was built overlooking the sea in the late 17th century.
  • Stroll through the golden sands of Skærbæk, a historic beach and fishing area with stunning views.
  • Head for the whimsy of Madsby Play Park, a free and fun play area with family-friendly activities for all ages, including a large playground, a mini train, and puppet shows during the summer.
  • Dip your weary feet in Palsgaard Lake just north of Fredericia, or grab a pole and head out to the water for sport fishing with plenty of carp, eel, and rainbow trout to be had.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Cool off from all the walking and sightseeing in historic Fredericia at a local café. Enjoy traditional Danish sausages, bite into open-face sandwiches (known as smorrebrod), take your pick from an assortment of rich potato dishes, and experiment with pickled vegetables ranging from onions to beets. Top it all off with fresh ice cream or ostebord, a cheese plate served after a meal with wine, grapes and crackers.

Local Currency

The unit of currency in Denmark is the krone (DKK). U.S. dollars are accepted in some of the more tourist-oriented stores and major credit cards are also widely accepted.

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    Before You Visit

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