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Fredericia, Denmark

Fredericia (IPA: 'fʀɛðɐ̥ɪɕa) is a medium-sized fortress town which is in the Fredericia municipality in the eastern part of Jutland, Denmark. The town was originally founded in 1650 by Frederick III, after whom it was named.
​Fredericia was almost selected as the Danish capital, due to its central location and large port, but in the end, Copenhagen retained the title due to its larger population.


After the devastation caused by the Thirty Years War in a largely unfortified Jutland, King Christian IV realized the necessity of building a strong fortress in Jutland and decided that this project could be combined with his plans for building a large town in Jutland.
A fortified encampment was built on a point of land called Lyngs Odde, near the current location of Fredericia, with a rampart stretching... Read more

Fredericia, Denmark


Fredericia (IPA: 'fʀɛðɐ̥ɪɕa) is a medium-sized fortress town which is in the Fredericia municipality in the eastern part of Jutland, Denmark. The town was originally founded in 1650 by Frederick III, after whom it was named.
​Fredericia was almost selected as the Danish capital, due to its central location and large port, but in the end, Copenhagen retained the title due to its larger population.


After the devastation caused by the Thirty Years War in a largely unfortified Jutland, King Christian IV realized the necessity of building a strong fortress in Jutland and decided that this project could be combined with his plans for building a large town in Jutland.
A fortified encampment was built on a point of land called Lyngs Odde, near the current location of Fredericia, with a rampart stretching to either side of the point, thus protecting the encampment from attacks. However, the fortifications were not perfect, and when Swedish Field Marshal Lennart Torstenson invaded Jutland, he was able to break through the ramparts. It was Frederick III who was finally able to complete the plans for the fortification, also adding a flank fortification on nearby Bers Odde as suggested by Danish Imperial Marshal Anders Bille.
On 15 December 1650, the King signed the document giving the town its first privileges, and work on the new fortifications could begin. In 1651, the town was named Frederiksodde (Frederick's Point) after the king, and on 22 April 1664, it was given the new Latinized name of Fredericia.
Every 6 July, the town of Fredericia holds a festival to commemorate the 1849 Battle of Fredericia, fought during the First War of Schleswig, in which Danish troops won a victory over the Schleswig-Holstein rebels who were laying siege to the town. Fredericia's landmark, Landsoldaten, was unveiled on 6 July 1858.


The municipality today is part of the East Jutland metropolitan area with 1.2M inhabitants and is the site of Fredericia municipality's municipal council.
The town is one of Denmark's largest traffic hubs.
The town is a major barracks, home to the Royal Danish Army's army's Signals Regiment (Telegrafregimentet), which is located at Rye's Barracks (Ryes Kaserne) and Bülow's Barracks (Bülows Kaserne).

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Fredericia, Denmark: Port Information

Fredericia Port is located right near the city center. Tourists can get to the main places of interest on foot.

Get around Fredericia, Denmark

By foot

The majority of Fredericia's tourist attractions, bars, restaurants, hotels, beaches & shopping areas are very easily accessible by foot. It is highly recommended that visitors go for a walk along the city walls & the sandy beaches.

By taxi

Taxis (Danish: Taxa) are available right outside of the train station. These can be quite expensive, especially for longer trips. Since taxis are restricted to roads it can also be difficult to see some of the towns best attractions if you restrict yourself to taxi travel.

By car

If you have your own car it should be noted that there are 2500 free parking places available in Fredericia, however, to use these places you need to drop into the Tourist Office for a free parking disc.
Cars can be rented in Fredericia from Hertz. Details are as below.

  • Hertz Biludlejning Autohuset Vestergaard A/S, Strandvejen 220, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 70 26 90 96, fax: +45 70 26 90 95.

By bike

Like most Danish towns Fredericia is very well suited to cyclists. Cycling in Fredericia is one of the fastest, cheapest and environmentally friendly ways to get from place to place. If you already have a bike in Denmark it can be taken on-board trains or taxis so that you can transport it with you directly to Fredericia.
However, if you do not have a bike in Denmark you could consider renting one for your stay in Fredericia. Below is a company which specializes in renting bikes to tourists.

  • Cykelservice, Venusvej 4, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 7592 1409, fax: +45 7592 2568, e-mail: Weekdays, =9:00-17:30, Saturday, 09:00-12:00.

By boat

Some local companies offer trips along the fjord, this can be a great way of touring the coastline & getting a much closer look at

The Little Belt Bridge


What to see in Fredericia, Denmark

  • Landsoldaten, At the main entrance to the city. The Foot Soldier is a statue of a proud Danish soldier which celebrates the military importance that Fredericia once had. It is located at the main entrance to the city & serves as the main starting point for any visit.
  • Det Hvide Vandtårn (The White Water-Tower), Located on top of the Frederecia's city walls. (Close to the 'Landsoldatpladsen'.), ☎ +45 72113511. 11:00-18:00. Det Hvide Vandtårn sits on top of Fredericia's city walls which makes it the ideal place to get views over the Ramparts, The Little Belt Bridge & the entire city.
  • The Beach, Skærbæk, 7000, Fredericia. Fredericia is blessed with a beautiful, blue-flag beach. The beach is in a small town outside Fredericia called Skærbæk. Here you will find an old fishing-environment and beautiful houses. This area of the town also offers visitors and locals the opportunity to admire the views of nearby Funen, walk along the golden sand or have an ice-cream. (Note: The beach has no lifeguard)
  • The City Walls, Surrounding the city center. For a gorgeous 1 hour stroll, you can set out on a walk around Fredericia's walls. The route is littered with historical statues, old cannons and information desks offering details on the various gates, ramparts, and buildings. It is recommended that you should start at the Kongens Port (King's Gate).
  • Gunpowder Tower, Øster Voldgade, 7000, Fredericia, e-mail: Just opposite the Citadel is the powder tower on the Lolland Bastion. This is the oldest military building in Fredericia, built in 1675. It is a very small building on the coast overlooking the sea.
  • Nordstjernen, Kongensgade 25, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 7591 1900, fax: +45 7591 1975, e-mail: Summer, weekdays: 10:00-17:00. The oldest house in Fredericia. Offers visitors beautiful flower arrangements and a small art gallery.

What to do in Fredericia, Denmark

  • Fredericia Badeland, Vestre Ringvej 100, 7000 Fredericia, ☎ +45 72106082, e-mail: 10:00-18:00. Located close to the Trainstation Fredericia Badeland offers 2 swimming pool (25m & 50m), a separate baby pool, Sauna, Solarium, Water Slide.
  • Madsby Play Park, Lumbyesvej 45, 7000 Fredericia (Close to the train station, look for Vejlevej.), e-mail: Weekdays, 10:00-15:00. Weekends, 10:00-18:00. Madsby Play Park is a large family fun park with free activities for kids of all ages. These include a large playground, driving school, cowboy town & a mini train. During the summer months, puppet shows are also scheduled. (Note: There is a small charge for the mini train.) Free.
  • Sail the Fjord, Gl. Havn, Oldenborggade 30, 7000,Fredericia, ☎ +45 72113511, e-mail: Tuesday & Wednesday, 3 sailings per day. Take a boat along the fjords and along

    The Little Belt Bridge

    . Alcohol, Soft drinks & Coffee available on board. This is a very relaxing way to unwind on a hot summer day.
  • Fishing: Palsgaard Lake, Bøgeskovvej 64, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 75957090, fax: +45 7595 7625. April-October, 06:00-22:00. An anglers lake with shelters nearby. This lake is populated with carp, eel & rainbow trout & offers a good day out for experienced and inexperienced fishermen. (Located north of Fredericia.)

What to eat and drink in Fredericia, Denmark


  • Restaurant Mary, Best Western Hotel Kronprinds Frederik, Vestre Ringvej 96, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 75910000, fax: +45 7591 1999, e-mail: 8:00-21:30. Medium.
  • Cafe Gammelhavn, Gl. Havn, 7000,Fredericia, ☎ +45 75 93 06 36. An ice-cream & traditional Danish sausage outlet, located directly beside the old harbor, with a view of the water & ships. Cheap.
  • Restaurant Børkop Vandmølle, Vandmøllevej 4A, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 75 92 25 64. Kitchen closes at 20:30. (Closed Monday). Børkop Vandmølle forms a delightful framework around one of the best restaurants in the area, with the added attraction of Denmark's oldest functioning water mill.
  • Restaurant HannerupSkov, Hannerup Brovej 9, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 75 92 85 87, e-mail: Uniquely situated with a view of woods and sea. Enjoy your lunch or dinner on the terrace or in the attractive dining rooms.
  • Restaurant Oven Vande, Sønder Voldgade 10, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 75 92 09 69, e-mail: Cozy maritime lunch and dinner restaurant in the city center near the old harbor. Eat out on the terrace in summer. Varied seasonal menu.
  • Ti Trin Ned, Norgesgade 3, 7000 Fredericia, ☎ +45 7593 3355, e-mail: Known as one of the best restaurants in Denmark, Ti Trin Ned mixes the hyped New Nordic kitchen with more traditional French and Mediterranean cuisine. In the high season, it is advisable to book four or five weeks in advance.


  • Café Den 7. Himmel, Gothersgade 7, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 75910405, e-mail: Weekends,10:00-01:00. Weekdays 10:00-21:00. The café with the best location in town. Cozy café atmosphere, comprehensive menu. Lectures, music, and exhibitions.
  • Det Bruunske Pakhus, Kirkestræde 3, 7000, Fredericia, ☎ +45 7210 6710, e-mail: M-F 10:00-16:00. Pakhuset is an intimate music venue with its own cafe. Music every weekend from September to June. Ask for a programme at the Tourist Office.

Shopping in Fredericia, Denmark

Much of the main shopping areas in the city center are fully pedestrianized streets.
There you'll find lovely boutiques, art galleries, souvenir/gift shops, etc.

Safety in Fredericia, Denmark

In an emergency dial 112 (medical help/fire brigade/police). This is toll-free and will work even from cell phones even if they have no SIM card. For the police in not-emergencies call 114.

It is important to obey Walk/Don't Walk signals and avoid jaywalking in cities, simply because cars will not slow down since you're not supposed to be there. Also, take good notice of the dedicated bike lanes when crossing any street to avoid dangerous situations as bikers tend to ride fast and have right of way on these lanes.

Don't bathe alone. Don't get too far away from land. Swim along the coast rather than away from it. In some areas, undertow is a danger, and kills a number of tourists every year, but will mostly be signed at the beach. If you get caught by the undertow, do NOT fight the current. Instead, use only as much energy as you need to stay afloat and let the current carry you out. Once the current dies out, swim parallel to the beach for some time, before swimming back. On many beaches, flags inform of water quality. A blue flag means excellent water quality, green flag means good water quality, red flag means that bathing is not advised. A sign with the text "Badning forbudt" means that bathing is forbidden. Obey these signs, as it often means that the water is polluted with poisonous algae, bacteria, or chemicals, or that there is a dangerous undertow.

Language spoken in Fredericia, Denmark

Denmark's national language is Danish, a member of the Germanic branch of the group of Indo-European languages, and within that family, part of the North Germanic, East Norse group. It is, in theory, very similar to Norwegian Bokmål and also to Swedish, and is to some extent intelligible to speakers of those languages, especially in written form. However, it sounds different from Norwegian and Swedish. It is also more distantly related to Icelandic and Faroese, though spoken Danish is not mutually intelligible with these languages.

English is widely spoken in Denmark (close to 90% of the population speaks it, making Denmark one of the most English proficient countries on the planet where English is not an official language), and many Danes have near native fluency. Danish school children start their English lessons in third grade (when they're 8 years old), and regular English lessons continue until students finish high school, and many Danish university courses are fully or partially taught in English. In this regard, it is worth noting that Denmark is probably one of very few countries in the world, where you get no extra points for trying to speak the language, and Danes, in general, have very little patience with non-fluent speakers. So except for a few words like Tak (thank you) or Undskyld (excuse me), English-speakers are much better off just speaking English than fighting their way through a phrasebook. If you do try, and the person you are talking to immediately switches to English, don't feel bad as it is not meant to condescend or belittle. Also of note, the Danish language has no equivalent to the English word "please" so at times it may seem as though Danes are rude when speaking English. This is not their intention.

Many Danes also speak German. Denmark is one of the top countries in Europe when it comes to knowledge of the German language since more than 58% of the population has a good knowledge of the language.

French is also spoken to some degree, as all Danish students have received at least three years of lessons in either German or French, but given the Danes' limited contact with the French language, fluency tends to be lagging.


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