The village of Flåm has been a popular tourist destination since the late nineteenth century. Currently it receives approximately 450,000 visitors annually. Major attractions include a boat trip through the fjords and Flåmsbana, the train that travels the 20 miles between Flåm and Myrdal, one of the steepest slope railway trips in the the world (including in its ascent several spirals). Opened in 1940, the Flam Railway connects Sognefoss with the railroad leading from Oslo to Bergen. This hotel is in the path, it is a hotel with a long history. Built in 1896, it became popular for being located in Vatnahalsen, a station stop facing the end of the Flåm Railway line,in Myrdal.