FROM ASHES TO ARCHITECTURAL FAME
In 1904, a large 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 who went back inside her house to get her purse. Modern historians have concluded that the fire ultimately had a positive effect on the city’s development. It is now distinguished by its numerous spires, towers, and highly detailed ornamentation, and known across the world for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. The pre-fire city center was extremely crowded, consisting mostly of old and cramped wooden houses with only rudimentary sanitary facilities.
Your trip around Ålesund will begin on the pier, where you will be met by a guide who will take you on a pleasant walk through the streets of this enchanting town. Along the way you will pass the picturesque fishing port of Brosundet, the special Apotekertorget square, and the beautifully decorated main street. This trip around Ålesund provides you with a great opportunity to savor both the rich history of the town and its charming street life.
GAIN FASCINATING INSIGHT AT NORWAY’S NATIONAL CENTER FOR ART NOUVEAU
Visiting the ‘Jugendstilsenteret’, you’ll find everything from modern multimedia presentations to original interiors, which provide a fascinating insight into the history of Art Nouveau and how it came to be displayed so wonderfully on the west coast of Norway.
PLEASE NOTE: There are slight variations to this excursion depending on the date, please see details below.
- Code H-AES2C Available: Jan. 02 - Jun. 01; Nov. 02 - Dec. 31, 2016 (excluding Mar. 24-25; May 1, 17 & Dec. 24-26 2016)
- Code H-AES2E Available: Sept. 02 - Nov. 01, 2016 (H-AES2E does not include the visit to Jugendstilsenteret and the duration is 1 hour 45 minutes)