Drøbak was in the 19th century used as a winter port for the capital Oslo, because the fjord froze in winter time. The most famous story is Oscarborg fortresses role during the Norwegian campaign. The 9th April 1940, the fortress sunk the German cruiser Blücher and thus delayed the Nazi German invasion of Norway.
Today the town is a picturesque little spot, which consists mostly of small, whitepainted wooden houses. Especially in summer, the town is used as a seaside resort for many tourists, who find many scenic attractions here.
From these two airports there are bus connections to Drøbak:
- Moss Airport Rygge is the closest airport to Drøbak, 30–40 minutes away by car.
- Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Norway’s Main Airport. Travelling time by car to Drøbak is approximately 1 hour (50% more during busy day hours through Oslo Ring Road).
Good moorings if you have your own boat.
In the period April 15 to September 30 you may travel to Drøbak by ferry. The ferryboat leaves every day from Aker Brygge in Oslo, landing at Sjøtorget in Drøbak. This ferry stops at Oscarsborg Fortress and Håøya.
Bus routes 541 and 542 from Oslo, about 40 minutes away. The fare is 74 NOK.
European Route E6 is going through Frogn municipality in the north-south direction (from Oslo and the Swedish border). Follow signs to Drøbak from the motorway. There is a sub sea tunnel at Norwegian National Road 23 under the Oslofjord from the west side of the fjord. (Hurum and Drammen)
The mentioned routes for bicycles are tempting drives for MC-enthusiasts who want to avoid the motorway and enjoy curvy country roads.
A Taxi from Oslo will cost you about 5-600 on daytime, and about 1000 NOK on evenings/night. On longer Taxi rides, it's ok to bargain with the driver for a fair price.
Drøbak has good ports for small boats. The surroundings around Drøbak provide excellent opportunities to use a bicycle or motorcycle. If you drive a car, you should be aware of the many toll booths in the area. Taxi is a rather expensive alternative.
- Oscarsborg Fortress with a museum. Learn about the sinking of the German warship Blücher that was sunk just outside Drøbak on April 9, 1940 during the invasion of Norway.
Fredrik Stabel & Avistegnernes Hus. A museum for newspaper cartoons.
- Several art galleries.
- Go for a walk in the city centre, with the many art galleries. Take a look at the picturesque buildings everywhere.
- Visit Drøbak Aquarium, study local fish and marine animals close up.
- Visit the Lutefisk Museum' This museum is unique - being the world's only. It has a rather humouristic exhibition of one of Norway’s most special and traditional fish dishes, next door to the Aquarium.
- Play golf at Drøbak Golf Club with one of the most popular golf courses in Norway!
Drøbak is hometown to Santa Claus, or Julenissen in Norwegian, and he has of course an office open to public where you can buy his stuff all year long - Julehuset.
Skipperstuen (Captain's lodge). Just up from the harbour provides good food and a splendid view to the fiord.
Kumlegaarden. Traditional food in one of the oldest houses in Drøbak.
Miramar. A place to eat while looking out on the Oslofjord from the panorama windows.
Telegrafen. Lunch and dinner place, which also serves as a nightclub.
Bageriet. A very very very small and cosy pub.
- Telegrafen and Reenskaug hotel (generally a bit younger crowd)
Note: The local authorities closed all food sale after midnight because they did not want people in the streets at night time. So no burgers etc. on the streets of Drøbak.
- Son (a few miles to the south) is a cozy, traditional village and port in Vestby municipality, even smaller than Drøbak that consists of small, picturesque houses. A popular location for different artists.
- Tusenfryd Amusementpark is a necessary stop for children, on your way northwards towards Oslo.