Drøbak is a true summer town in the summer, and Christmas village in the winter.
Traditionally, Drøbak was the winter harbour of Norway's capital, Oslo, since in severe winters the fjord will freeze from outside Drøbak all the way up to Oslo.
A notable event in Drøbak's history is the World War II sinking of the German cruiser Blücher in the Drøbak narrows (only 1 mile (1.5 km) wide), on the early morning of 9 April 1940.
Today the town is a picturesque little spot, which consists mostly of small, whitepainted wooden houses and beautiful gardens. Especially in summer, the town is used as a seaside resort for many tourists, who find many scenic attractions here.
Best Things to Do With 48 hours in Drøbak
Drøbak has been known by many names: The seaside resort, the Christmas town, the shopping town and the gallery town, where it is close between the restaurant chairs and the galleries, and where you can stroll in quiet surroundings between old white painted houses from the 18th century.
Here is Santa Claus and here it is invited to market in the city square. Here, there is idyllic and various cultural activities throughout the year, and in the city's aquarium you will find the stone cat Hugo and all his friends. Drøbak is too big and small, and even on days that do not happen, Drøbak is a nice acquaintance.
So much to do, so little time? Let us take you through 48 hours in the town of Drøbak:
Start your day with a stroll along cobblestone streets and admire the wonderful wooden houses in the charming old town of Drøbak. Enjoy the views and imagine life in the late 17th century. Take a walk along the coast and find your favorite beach and enjoy the fjord life.
Visit the Drøbak Aquarium - a world that both kids and grown-ups will love: See the fish, marine animals and plants that live in the Oslo fjord. This popular Aquarium is the only of it’s kind in the Oslo Region. Entrance at the Tourist Information in the southern part of the harbor. Visit the Seiersten Fortress for a fantastic view. Have a great lunch at one of the cosy restaurants in the Harbour area, or what about having a picnic in the park Badeparken?
The Oscarsborg Fortress is fairly impressive and definitely a must-see if you visit Oslo, or you go to Drøbak. Oscarsborg Fortress is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Oslof fjord region. Oscarsborg is situated in the middle of the Drobak Straight in the Oslo fjord. The stronghold played a key role during the german invasion of Norway in 1940. 9 April 1940, the fortress sunk the German cruiser Blücher and thus delayed the Nazi German invasion of Norway. Today, Oscarsborg is a very interesting large-scale museum open to the public.
Oscarsborg Fortress is ideal for events, tourists, boating enthusiasts, families with children and people who are interested in culture and history. Various cultural events are held at the fortress throughout the year, from concerts and opera performances to small, local events. Changing art exhibitions are shown both at the main fortress and in smaller buildings on the islands. For parts of the summer season, a strolling theatre performance brings the history of the fortress to life.
Large areas of the fortress consist of open parkland that you can use for recreation purposes. Visitors can enjoy a picnic, play ball games or just go for a walk in these areas. As long as you show due consideration for the historical surroundings, the only limit is your imagination.From the harbor in Drøbak there is a ferry to the Oscarsborg, which has been converted into a museum and a hotel resort. During the summer season, the fortress can also be reached by a separate liner boat from Oslo. Mandatory for those with an interest in history and beautiful sceneries.
In the afternoon you can visit the Tregaarden’s Christmas house and the Christmas house official post office. Christmas house you can find all kinds of Christmas articles like Christmas candles, Christmas napkins, nisser, Christmas mouse, tablecloths for Christmas etc. In the Christmas house official post office you can stamp your letters or cards with the Christmas House official Christmas stamp mark.
Go shopping in the small shops and galleries, or choose a nature path or perhaps even try the beloved Newspaper Cartoonists' House? End a perfect day by eating well at one of the many delicious restaurants in the town. In the hours of the night you dance until sunrise or just lie on the beach and look out over the Oslo fjord swept in a warm and cosy blanket.
FROM FRESH SALTY SEA AIR TO WINDY ROADS IN THE COUNTRY SIDE
The surroundings around Drøbak provide excellent opportunities to use a bicycle or motorcycle.
1 Skipperstuen (Captain's lodge), Havnebakken 11, ☎ +47 64 93 07 03. Just up from the harbour provides good food and a splendid view to the fiord.
2 Kumlegaarden, Niels Carlsens gt. 11, ☎ +47 64 93 89 90. Traditional food in one of the oldest houses in Drøbak.
3 Miramar, Jørnsebakken 7, ☎ +47 64 93 00 68. A place to eat while looking out on the Oslofjord from the panorama windows.
4 Peppes Pizza, Torget 1 (on the square, in the middle of town), ☎ +47 2222 5555. 1PM -10PM, Saturdays 1PM - 11PM. American style pizza. (Also home delivery, take-away service)
5 Havnekroa (in the guest harbor of Oscarsborg). varied menu at the fortress
6 Det Gamle Bageri Ost & Vinstue. A small café in the heart of Drøbak. The café in situated in a very old and charming building.
7. Cafe Sjøstjernen is situated in the Southern Guest Harbour. The restaurant offers good meals and refreshments behind large glass windows or outside, “with a hint of sea salt.” Creamy fish- or shellfish soup, prawns, mussels, oven baked redfish or fish & chips are among the specialities.Badehusgata 27, Telephone: 90756115 firstname.lastname@example.org
The town of Drøbak is small, and most can be reached on foot. For tours in the wider area Follo, the bus is the best option, both north towards the capital, Oslo and south towards Østfold county.
Drøbak has good ports for small boats. The surroundings around Drøbak provide excellent opportunities to use a bicycle or motorcycle. If you drive a car, you should be aware of the many toll booths in the area. Taxi is a rather expensive alternative.
Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Norway’s Main Airport. Travelling time by car to Drøbak is approximately 1 hour (50% more during busy day hours through Oslo Ring Road).
For more information on facilities at and around Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, see the Oslo Airport, Gardermoen article.
Good moorings if you have your own boat.
In the period April 15 to September 30 you may travel to Drøbak by ferry. The ferryboat leaves every day from Aker Brygge in Oslo, landing at Sjøtorget in Drøbak. This ferry stops at Oscarsborg Fortress and Håøya.
Bus routes 541 and 542 from Oslo, about 40 minutes away. The fare is 74kr.
European Route E6 is going through Frogn municipality in the north-south direction (from Oslo and the Swedish border). Follow signs to Drøbak from the motorway. There is a sub sea tunnel at Norwegian National Road 23 under the Oslofjord from the west side of the fjord. (Hurum and Drammen where connected to the European Road E18)
The mentioned routes for bicycles are tempting drives for MC-enthusiasts who want to avoid the motorway and enjoy curvy country roads.
A taxi from Oslo will cost you about 500-600kr in the daytime, and about 1000kr in the evening or at night. On longer taxi rides, it's OK to bargain with the driver for a fair price.
This is Drøbak
Drøbak is a town and the centre of the municipality of Frogn, in Akershus county, Norway. The city is located along the Oslofjord, and has 13,409 inhabitants. Drøbak was established as a municipality January 1, 1838In the years between 1700 and 1800 Drøbak grew as the sail ship industry established itself in the area. Here the ships loaded their cargo of ice blocks and timber and returned with grain and industrial products for the whole of the Oslo area.
Traditionally, Drøbak was the winter harbour of Norway's capital, Oslo, since in severe winters the fjord will freeze from outside Drøbak all the way up to Oslo. It had a city status between 1842 and 1962, upon which point the municipality was merged into the rural municipality Frogn and lost its city status. The city status was regained by the municipality council on 13 February 2006. It was also decided that adjacent villages such as Heer would be included within the city.
The most famous story is Oscarborg Fortresses role during the Norwegian campaign. On 9 April 1940, the fortress sunk the German cruiser Blücher and thus delayed the Nazi German invasion of Norway. The cruiser was transporting German soldiers and bureaucrats for the planned swift occupation of Oslo, but the Battle of Drøbak Sound resulting in the sinking by the Oscarsborg fortress delayed this, and thus allowed for the evacuation of the Norwegian Royal Family, parliament, and cabinet, and for the nation's gold reserves to be denied the occupiers
In summertime, cruise ships visit Oslo almost every day. Often, as many as four or five cruise ships visit each day, in addition to all the regular traffic, it has made Drøbak a popular sea-side tourist spot. However, the numerous restaurants, art galleries and mild summers are probably more important factors for visiting tourists.
During the summer months, there are tourist buses going from Oslo to Drøbak on day trips for tourists. Visitors can experience a traditional Norwegian fjord town. It is also a popular Oslo suburb for citizens to live as public transportation is well connected between Drøbak and Oslo, both by bus and boat.
At the marina at the approach to Drøbak is a sculpture, made by Reidar Finsrud, cast in bronze of three mermaids sitting on a rock. The sculpture was unveiled in 1999.
The Norse form of the name was Drjúgbakki. The first element is drjúgr 'hard; long', the last element is bakki m '(up)hill'. This is related to the very steep roads winding down into the city center of Drøbak.
Drøbak Church (Drøbak Kirke) is located in Drøbak parish in the Søndre Follo deanery within the Diocese of Borg. The church was opened on October 29, 1776. The church was a gift from timber merchant, landowner and shipowner Niels Carlsen (1734-1809) and his wife Martha Zachariassen (1743–1821). Significant repairs were made to the church in the 1820s. Domenico Erdmann (1879–1940) led the restoration in conjunction with the 150th anniversary in 1926.
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