Historic Hotels | In Balestrand, beautifully located beside the Sognefjord, lies Kviknes Hotel. The Kvikne family have been the hosts here since 1877. The hotel was built in the “Swiss” style. There have been many new buildings, reconstructions and extensions since, but none of this has altered the special character of this place.
Kviknes is now a modern hotel with soul and atmosphere, and is one of the largest tourist hotels in Norway. The hotel has 190 rooms: 25 rooms in the historic Swiss chalet-style building and 165 in the modern building from the 1960s (in the Late Modern style). The hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, which give it its special style.
The hotel is placed in beautiful Norwegian national romantic scenery. The list of prominent guests is a long one. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest in Balestrand. Royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries can be found on the guest list.
Enjoy a little breathing space with a stroll through the lounges to enjoy the benefit of what this artistically minded and international hotel family has collected over the generations. Enjoy nature, mountains and the Sognefjord from a comfortable chair in the garden. Or you can do as so many other visitors to Balestrand have done: wander right out into the national romantic scenery that has inspired painters for over a hundred years.