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Fredericia, Denmark

Fredericia was founded by King Frederick III in 1650 to provide a fortified community on the Jutland Peninsula, the only part of Denmark connected to the European mainland. The remains of the fortification, consisting of extensive earthworks along the waterfront, are today a pleasant, parklike area for strolling and investigating the many cannons and mortars left behind. The Old Town is likewise a pleasant place to explore. Several interesting churches, including the Trinitatis Church and the Sct. Michaelis Church are worth visiting as well. The distinctly modern Lyng Church makes an interesting contrast. Other landmarks in the town include the commemorative Landsoldatpladsen, a park around a statue memorializing the Danish civil war Battle of Fredericia in 1849. A climb up the landmark Water Tower offers panoramic views.