Fjell Fortress


About 15 kilometers southwest of Bergen on the island of Sotra lies Fjell fortress which the Germans began to build in the summer of 1942. Its main purpose was to defend Bergen from an invasion by sea. The fortress and its main artillery could be tested in the summer of 1943. The tower itself was called Bruno and was identical to those found on the German battlecruiser Gneisenau. In connection with the main artillery, about a kilometer of tunnels and bunkers were built with various facilities for the staff who served at the fortress. Storage rooms and other spaces were also built. Around the main artillery was also an anti-aircraft battery, but the fortress was never fully completed. The fortress was built mainly by Soviet prisoners of war.

Current status: Preserved with museum (2019).

Address: Festningsvegen, 5357 Fjell.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

To get to the fortress you have to walk just under three kilometers easily uphill from the parking lot. Once there is a mix military equipment and buildings/bunkers. There are bunkers, trenches, shelters in the area and at the cannon tower there is a cafe and a museum that is worth a visit. On a beatiful day the view of the sorroundings are magnificent.

Follow up in books: Saunder, Anthony: Hitlers´s Atlantic Wall (2014).