Memorials at Stalheim

The Sivle Memorial:
One of Norway's most dearest poet and writers, Per Sivle, (1857 - 1904) grew up on a farm only a short walk away from the hotel.  In many of his stories the Stalheim area is easily recognized as the setting, especially in the short story  Just a dog  telling the rather sad story of an Englishman who came to Stalheim to climb the sugar loaf mountain, Jordalsnuten and who eventually fell off the mountain and died. In 1908 a memorial stone was raised at the top of Stalheims kleiva to commemorate Per Sivle.   The stone bears an inscription from one of his poems, " That is the wise thing and that is the smart thing the marker will stand even if the man falls"    

King Oscar I:                                                                      
In the hotel garden there is a marble stone, dating 1855, and bearing the Crown and Royal Insignia of King Oscar I of  Norway and Sweden. This stone raised to commemorate King's visit to Bergen that year, years later the marble stone found its way to Stalheim.   

King Oscar II:
In the museum area, to the left of the Manor House, there is a height bearing the name Oscarshöi.  While staying Stalheim Hotel in 1896 the King wrote his name on the mountain side of this height, and his signature was than carved into the mountain side.  Later the signatures of King Olav of Norway and and Crown Princess Märtha also have been craved into the mountain side.   

Emperor Wilhelm II:  
The German Emperor Wilhelm II was a very frequent guest to the fjords of Western Norway and to Stalheim, cruising on his own private yacht, The Hoenzollern.  He came first in 1889 and since returned every summer for 25 consecutive years, in fact he was cruising in the Norwegian fjords when he was informed of the out-break of World War I.  At Stalheim a memory stone was raised in 1895 to commemorate the Emperors visits, the height of which the stone was raised commands a magnificent view of the Nærøy Valley and was naturally named Wilhelmshöi.    

The German Bunkers:
During the Second World War the Germans built a number of bunkers and trenches around Stalheim. Two bunkers were built into the front wall of the hotel terrace, one of them " The Lorelei" is accessible through a stairway from the hotel's terrace.  

The Viking Grave mounds
In the hotel garden you find two Viking grave mounds, excavated in 1890 when the hotel was being moved and extended. Carbon dating of the items found in the grave- mounds dates them in the Viking Age. The items are now housed in The Bergen Museum, but a photograph of these items can be seen in the reception area.