If you ever want to experience what the Europeans of 1892 called "the eigth wonder of the world", the Telemark Canal, and the fairytale castle in a national romantic style of the time, you have to jump on MS Henrik vessel at Lunde and take the trip of 80 km until you get to Dalen hotel. As you come with the boat towards the end of the inland lake you see this majestic castle at shore resting between the sides of the valley. In the evening you can choose between excellent local cullinaric menu, and you should not miss the breakfast which is the largest and best of all hotel I have visited in Europe. The service is delightful, and the hotels manager will tell you all the stories about the hotel and the life around the Telemark Canal. You can also visit one of Norway´s oldest "stav" churches which is up in the mountains not so far away. But do not try to reach the hotel in the winter, because then it is closed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dalen Hotel is a fairytale hotel, build in 1894 in grand romantic style with dragonheads, towers and balconys. The paper "Varden" wrote in 1894: "The new elegant furnished Hotel at Dalen, at the top of the Bandak waters, is now ready to recieve guests".After early golden days and later years of decay the hotel was in 1994, after years of restauration finished to welcome its guests again, all restored back to its original beauty. It has the same soul, calmness, peace and atmosphere as the wooden castle that opened for more than 110 years ago. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dalen Hotel Telemark