The town received its charter in 1665. It had then become a major point of defence after Sweden had taken over the former Norwegian territory stretching almost to Gothenburg.
Apart from its military importance, the town was also a major exporter of timber and an important centre of commerce and shipping.
The town was almost completely devastated by fire in 1826 and rebuilt soon afterwards. Thus, apart from the fortress and a few buildings north of the river, the historic town centre has a remarkably uniform neo-classical appearance.
We recommend one ore more of the leisure walks to get a certain impression of the historic town.
(Text: Tor Neumann, association Haldens Minder)
Ask for more information about the leisure walks or "What to do in Halden" at your local tourist-information.