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Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

In yesterday’s post you came on a boat trip with me through the Oslofjord. Today, we have arrived at our destination —  Oscarsborg fortress in Drøbak. The fortress is located on Søndre Kaholmen island just outside Drøbak and is only accessible by boat.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Boat trip to Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, Oslofjord

There’s a 10 minute ferry service from Drøbak, so you can easily visit the fortress by public transport if you are staying in Oslo.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, by boat Oslofjord

The fortress was completed in the 1850s, which makes is very young fortress-wise. It was built like a horse shoe with vertical walls and included three small batteries on the island.

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

Though the fortress is young, modern developments in artillery left it outdated by 1864 and major improvemenst were carried out — defence stations were built all over the main island and on nearby smaller islands, in addition to an underwater jetty which leads all traffic along the east side of the fjord. The jetty effectively stops any larger ships going up the west side of the fjord.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, by boat Oslofjord

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

The newest buildings are barracks and welfare buildings completed in the 1980s. Since the fortress was modified and expanded through so many years, it’s a mix of many different architectural styles.

Tall Girl's fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak by boat, Oslofjord

Tall Girl's Fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, by boat Oslofjord

Oscarsborg Fortress is most famous for shooting at and sinking the German ship Blücher when Norway was attacked on April 9th, 1940. The delay this caused made it possible for the Norwegian government to evacuate important people to safety.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, by boat Oslofjord

Oscarsborg was in active military use until 2002. Today it is a very popular museum and makes a perfect Sunday or summer holiday outing for the entire family. The marina and entry to the fortress are free of charge and lunch can be enjoyed at the cafe in the marina. The fortress is hosting a wide selection of cultural events throughout the year and last week, daily opera performances took place in the fortress court yard.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, by boat OslofjordTall Girl's Fashion // Visiting Oscarsborg Fortress, Drøbak, by boat Oslofjord

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