Kristiansten Fortress


Between 1682 and 1684 Kristiansten fortress was established in Trondheim on behalf of King Christian V. When the Germans occupied Trondheim, they set up air defences on the fortress. The fortress was also used as a place of execution by Norwegian citizens who were sentenced to death by the Germans for belonging to the resistance movement. Between 1942 and 1943, just under 30 people were executed on four occasions. After the war, the Norwegian traitor and leader of the ”Rinnan band” Henry Rinnan and Trondheim’s Gestapo chief Gerhard Flesch were executed at the fortress in 1947 and 1948 respectively.

Current status: Preserved with monument (2017).

Address: Kristiansten festning, 7016 Trondheim.

Get there: Walk from central Trondheim.

My comment:

The foundations of the posts where the condemned were tied before they were shot are actually still there. In addition to the historical, there is also a magnificent view in addition to Trondheim.

Follow up in books: Greene, Jack, Massignani, Alessandro: Hitler Strikes North: The Nazi Invasion of Norway & Denmark, April 9, 1940 (2013).