Scan Magazine | Mini Theme | Historical Hotels in Norway
today – they are both historical and architectonic, and they are of course listed buildings in need of preservation, which we have to respect.” The hotels need to be walked in, eaten in, slept in, and generally used, as they need to be maintained in order to be preserved in the best possible way – which is in everyone’s interest as they are a great part of Norwegian history. “It takes an incredible amount of maintenance to keep up a building of this calibre, and when we maintain them, we help preserve history as well as the buildings,” Eide explains.
Exclusive suites At Festningen Hotel & Resort, which sits on top of Kongsvinger and has a grand view over the city and the Glomma river, the vibe is even more exclusive. There are only 28 rooms – compared to the 90 rooms at Oscarsborg – and the majority of these are executive suites. In addition, it features conference rooms for businesses interested in making the hourlong trip from Oslo. The head chef chooses a particular menu, which consists of the best ingredients out there and what is available seasonally. “We try to be as unique as we can with the menu,” explains Eide. “We believe in local food, but we are keen to remember that local isn’t always the best quality, and quality is equally as important for us.”
Oscarsborg is located on an island, making for fantastic sea views.
Oscarsborg is located on an island, which means that fish and seafood feature heavily on the menu, whereas the fortress in Kongsvinger is located close to a big area known for its hunting, meaning that game is a true classic on the menu. The hotels can cater for up to 500 people in one sitting, thanks to the many rooms and restaurant areas throughout. Equal to Oscarsborg, the history at Kongsvinger’s fortress hotel is vast and, since the 17th century, it has been an important part of Norway’s political history. With floodlights throughout the grounds at both fortresses, they are both truly magical places to be in the winter. “Many people think these places are primarily used in the summer, but some of the
greatest memories I have are from walking these grounds when the floodlights are on and the grounds are covered in snow in the winter,” says Eide.
Activities for everyone The hotels’ activity offers are also vast and Oscarsborg is particularly family and child-friendly as kids can happily climb the old cannons and partake in safaris in the summer. There are murder mystery nights and plenty of outdoor space for activities for people of all interests and age groups – and for those wanting to make incredibly important life decisions, the wedding seasons see multiple couples tying the knot at both hotels. Web: www.festningshotellene.no
The intricate details give the visitors a sense of the great history that lies behind it.
The hotels can cater for up to 500 guests at a time in its many different restaurant rooms.
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