The history of Fredericia

In 1650 the Danish King Frederik III began building extensive fortifications and a new capital city – right in the middle of Denmark. The town became known as Fredericia. A fascinating town, centrally located, different and protected by huge ramparts.

Although Fredericia never became the Danish capital, traces of its history and authenticity are found at every turn to this very day. They are visible in Northern Europe’s best-preserved ramparts, which still encircle the town. In its perpendicular streets, designed to enable soldiers to advance quickly. In its old houses. In its memorial plaques and monuments. And in the large number of residents of French and Jewish ancestry – descendants of the 17th-century immigrants who arrived in the town because the king offered such untraditional privileges as asylum, tax exemption and religious freedom.

Fredericia is Denmark’s first international town – built in the spirit of tolerance that remains a distinctive characteristic. The town has a unique, historically founded inclusiveness, a relaxed attitude and openness to human diversity – regardless of religion, skin colour, outlook on life or disability.

Fredericia welcomes one and all.