Drøbak (of "drøye bakker") is a former market town, now a town on the east side of Drøbaksundet. Drøbak is the administration center in Frogn municipality in Akershus in Viken county, and had 13,485 inhabitants as of 1 January 2020.



Drøbak and Frogn were separated from Ås parish by royal res. September 8, 1823.

In the middle of the 17th century, the beach town Drøbak in the Frogn annex was under Ås parish, and during the 17th and 18th centuries, a larger settlement gradually grew up on the shoreline. That Drøbak would soon grow into a charging station and later a city is not due to coincidence. At Husvik and Kaholmene there was a good harbor and at Sundbrygga a ferry terminal arose. In Drøbaksundet, the fjord was at its narrowest and here you could cross the fjord relatively easily. Drøbak harbor also remained ice-free longer in the winter than the harbors around Christiania. When navigating large sailing ships in narrow waters was difficult. When the fjord froze to ice within Drøbak, the goods were transported by horse and sleigh to Christiania. That is why Drøbak was important.

The properties Drøbakstrand, Vennebekkstrand and Husvik were three small homesteads under the farm Holter and constituted what together became the charging station Drøbak in the middle of the 18th century.

Drøbak was granted purchase rights on 20 August 1842 and thus became a town; the only one in Akershus at that time. In 1962, the Schei committee decided that Drøbak should cease to be a separate municipality and be incorporated into Frogn rural municipality. Thus, Drøbak no longer had city status in the legal sense. Drøbak regained its city status in 2006, following a decision by the municipal council.

The Oslo Fjord is at its narrowest in Drøbaksundet, and when there are severe winters, the fjord can freeze again from Drøbak to Oslo. In the old days, therefore, Drøbak functioned as a winter port for Oslo. For defense reasons, an underwater pier was built in the 19th century - Drøbakjeteen, on the Hurum side of the strait so that foreign warships were forced to the east in the passage where the Norwegian fortifications were strongest.

An important event in Drøbak's history was the sinking of the German cruiser "Blücher" during the German attack on Norway on the morning of April 9, 1940. The cruiser transported German soldiers and bureaucrats for a planned takeover of Oslo. But Commander Eriksen at Oscarsborg Fortress, which is located on the other side of Drøbaksundet, on his own initiative gave the order to protect the cruiser. The warship was sunk and this delayed the German invasion. It was enough for the government, parliament and royal family to be evacuated, and the gold reserves were saved from the occupiers.


Tourism and culture

Tourism in Drøbak is not insignificant. Many tourists visit Drøbak because of the city and the coast. The town has many picturesque old houses. Many of them are outbuildings from the late 17th century onwards. The many art galleries, small shops and exhibitions attract many visitors to the city during the summer. Then the square and especially the beach is full of people. The town also has Santa's Post Office. At the harbor in Drøbak, the sculpture is of three mermaids, made by Reidar Finsrud and unveiled in 1999.

At Badeparken is Drøbak church, called Our Savior's Church, which was consecrated on October 29, 1776. The church is inspired by Our Savior's Church in Kristiania, the current Oslo Cathedral. The church is architecturally a bit of a sight. Rococo in wood. Few such churches remain.

Drøbak is often called the "bathing town", this because the town has many beaches and was in the old days a popular bathing place for Oslo residents. Of the beaches in Drøbak, it is worth mentioning: Badeparken, Parrstranda, Torkildstranden and Skiphelle.