Kongsvinger Fortress, Kongsvinger

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Kongsvinger Fortress is located in the city and municipality of Kongsvinger in the county of Hedmark, Norway. It is situated on a hill west and north of the Glomma river, standing astride the ancient Vinger Royal Road, which connected Norway and Värmland, Sweden as well as on the north-south Norwegian route along the Glomma. As Kongsvinger formed a key junction point for these routes, fortifications were constructed there to protect against invasion from the east.
Medieval periodDuring the early medieval period, pilgrims traveled to the shrine of St. Olaf at Trondheim; a favorite route for those from Sweden (the Vinger Royal Road) passed via Eidskog, Vinger (now Kongsvinger) and Elverum up the Glomma. This important pilgrimage & trade route is mentioned by Adam of Bremen in 1070. Its importance as an established road leading both north and south from the Swedish border was the basis for its later military significance.
Between 1130 and 1217 Norway underwent a period of Civil Wars. The Bagler faction contested with the Birkebeiners, led by the pretender King Sverre, for control during the late 12th century. Many of the rebels found refuge in Värmland and the Vinger area was the site of numerous conflicts.
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  • The fortress is well taken care of, and situated in beautiful surroundings it makes a highly recommended visit. The history, arcitecture, surroundings and romantic scenery should make it worth a...  more »
  • I've had the pleasure of living for a full year at the fortress several years ago. Revisiting Kongsvinger Fortress today was a very nice experience. I simply love the buildings, the history, and the.....  more »
  • Would have given 6 stars if possible. Super nice views, newly renovated rooms with a perfect castel touch, service was very good. You can walk around most of the castle and in the rooms there is a book about the castle history, interesting reading.
  • Great place for visit with family and friends. If you are around must to be here. At night there is amazing view on a city 😍

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