Enjoy a 2-hour guided walk that will show you the architectural marvel of Ålesund, and tell you the intriguing story behind it. Your guide will take you through the streets of this enchanting town of rounded towers, sinuous lines and foliate forms. Along the way you will pass the picturesque fishing port of Brosundet, the charming Apotekertorget square and the beautifully decorated main street.
From ashes to architectural fame
In 1904, the larger part of Ålesund was destroyed in a devastating fire. In an act of genuine foresight, it was decided to rebuild the town consistently in Art Nouveau, the fashionable style of the time. Amazingly, only one person died in the fire; an old woman that went back inside her house to get her purse. Modern historians have concluded that the fire was actually positive in terms of city development. The pre-fire city centre was extremely crowded, consisting mostly of old and cramped wood housing with only rudimentary sanitary facilities.
Fascinating insight at Norway’s national centre for Art Nouveau
Visiting the “Jugendstilsenteret”, you’ll find everything from modern multimedia presentations to original interiors, providing a fascinating insight into the history of Art Nouveau, and how it came to be displayed so wonderfully on the west coast of Norway.
Dates: 1 Jan - 1 June, 2 Nov - 31 Dec 2016 (exception of 1 Jan, 24-25 Mar, 1 May, 17 May, 24-26 Dec 2016), 2 Nov - 1 June 2017
Dates: 2 Sept - 1 Nov 2016, 2 Sept - 1 Nov 2017
Please note 2E does not include the visit to Jugendstilsenteret and the duration is 1 hour 45 minutes.