Kviknes Hotel

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Kvikne's Hotel
Kviknes Hotel
2011-04-27 Kviknes hotell.jpg
Kviknes Hotel in 2011
Kviknes Hotel is located in Norway
Kviknes Hotel
Location within Norway
General information
Architectural styleSwiss chalet style
Late modernism
LocationBalestrand, Sogn og Fjordane
Coordinates61°12′33″N 6°32′16″E / 61.20917°N 6.53778°E / 61.20917; 6.53778
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
Completed1913, 1960s
OwnerThe Kvikne family
Design and construction
ArchitectFranz Wilhelm Schiertz
(The historic building)
Awards and prizesBest Historic Hotel of Europe by the Water 2014[1]

Kviknes Hotel is a hotel, located by the Sognefjord in Balestrand, Norway. The hotel has 195 rooms in total which are divided between two buildings. The historic building was completed in 1913 and has 25 rooms, while the building from the 1960s contains 165 rooms.[2][3] The hotel is a member of the Norwegian association of historic hotels and restaurants - De historiske.[4]

The historic building in Swiss chalet style was Norway's largest wooden building when it was completed. The building from the 1960s was built in concrete, and the architecture of the wing is characterized by the passage's typical late modernism. In 2008 was the new conference and banquet department finished. "Kviknesalen" has meeting capacity for up to 450 people. The hotel also has several function rooms and lounges, as well as two restaurants and a bar.

Kviknes Hotel by the Sognefjord

Art and culture are central themes at the hotel, including a number of valuable paintings.[5] The hotel also hosts the jazz festival Balejazz.[6]

Nearby the hotel is "The English Church", a beautiful and unique dragestil church that has much common history with the hotel.

Notable visitors[edit]

Over the years, the hotel has been visited by many notable visitors, including:[7]

Emperor William II[edit]

German Emperor William II stayed at the hotel at the outbreak of World War I and received the news there. The hotel still possesses the chair he used on that occasion in their restaurant.[8]


  1. ^ Kviknes Hotel er kåra til beste historiske hotell i Europa NRK (in Nynorsk)
  2. ^ a b Rooms at the hotel's website (in English)
  3. ^ a b Kviknes Hotel NRK, Fylkesleksikon (in Nynorsk)
  4. ^ Kviknes Hotel www.dehistoriske.com (in English)
  5. ^ Come and appreciate our art collection The hotel's website (in English)
  6. ^ Balejazz Official website
  7. ^ Kjentfolk på Kvikne's Hotell NRK Fylkesleksikon (in Nynorsk)
  8. ^ Her sat keisaren da krigen starta NRK (in Nynorsk)

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