The city of Balestrand beautifully lies at the junction of Sognefjord and Esefjord, on the Norwegian south-western coast. The picturesque scenery of the fjords and the mountain landscapes were a magnet for important artists, like Alfred Heaton Cooper, Hans Dahl, Hans Gude. Their paintings became world famous and therefore Balestrand became an important tourist point of interest. Certain remarkable buildings well worth visiting are: St. Olaf's Church - an Anglican church built in a Stave Church style - or the Kvikne's Hotel - built in Swiss Chalet style and visited earlier by Kaiser Wilhelm II. As tourism is the main industry in Balestrand, a Museum of Tourism was opened here, together with the Songnefjord Aquarium.
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