Following a devastating fire in 1904, the entire town centre of Ålesund burned down to ashes, leaving 10,000 people homeless. The rebuilding of the town created one of Europe’s most distinctive concentration of Art Nouveau buildings. A stroll through the town centre reveals colourful buildings with a myriad of turrets, spires and original medieval ornaments punctuating the skyline.
Ålesund is a charming, pulsating town with a varied cultural scene, exciting restaurants and a rich assortment of shops. Take a stroll by the picturesque Brosundet and buy fresh fish and shrimps from local fishermen selling the day's catch.
The beauty of the town can best be appreciated from Aksla, the mountain with the vantage point Fjellstua overlooking the town, which provides a breathtaking view of the entire scenic coast and fjord region.
Ålesund is situated by the entrance to the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding region is home to some of the most breathtaking sights and has many well-known natural and cultural gems. The profusion of fjords, waterfalls, fjord farms, small fishing communities, tiny islands and majestic mountains never fails to impress visitors.
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