Festningen Castle

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Festningen Hotel & Resort is a quaint vacation getaway that occupies a small portion of the Kongsvinger Fortress. Originally established in the late 1600s, this impressive stronghold served as an integral part of Norway’s national defense system for hundreds of years. It sits atop a hill that overlooks the ancient Viger Royal Road, which twists and turns through the surrounding Glomma River basin. Its significance as a major commercial highway also inspired marauding armies to constantly fight over it. Many generals found that the present site of the Kongsvinger Fortress was the perfect place to control access to the road due to its commanding views of the local countryside. As such, the spot became the location of many pitched battles. From foreign invasions to localized civil wars, warriors from across Scandinavia frequently clashed around the hilltop throughout the Middle Ages. Guests at the Festningen Hotel & Resort will find a serene environment surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Located near many museums and historical landmarks, this hotel provides visitors with countless opportunities to become immersed in Norway’s culture and learn about the country’s long history, including the hotel’s own on-site museum. Walk through the historic site and see original portions of the Kongsvinger Fortress.

Image of Hotel Exterior Festningen Castle Hotel & Resort, 1673, Member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, in Kongsvinger, Norway, Overview

Overview of Festningen Castle

Discover the fascinating history of the Kongsvinger Fortress at Festningen Castle.


Location Map

Explore the Krongsvinger Fortress complex just steps from the hotel.


Discover the historical character of the Festningen Hotel & Resort.


Explore the Akerhus Fortress (Akerhus Festning) along the shoreline of Oslo harbor.


Experience the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset).


Taste Fårikål, which is Norway’s official national dish.

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