The many lush and flowering rose gardens have given this lovely fjord town its label 'The City of Roses'. Home to 25,000 people, Molde is the administrative center and commercial hub of Møre og Romsdal county. It offers a fabulous mountain panorama view and a relatively mild climate. Molde Jazz, Norway's largest jazz festival, is showcasing jazz from all corners of the world for week each summer.
The town has a viewpoint called Varden where you can enjoy the sight of the city, fjords, archipelagos and 222 snow peaks. Molde also houses one of Norway’s largest folk museums, Romsdalsmuseet, a cultural and scientific institution established in 1912. It displays buildings and interiors from the region, and also has its own library and local history archive. The museum of fisheries, located on the idyllic Hjertøya Island, shows the local coastal culture, work environment and living conditions you could find in the region from 1850, onwards. The island is a great nature area with the opportunity to rent fishing equipment and rowing boats, and to go on a picnic before heading for a hike or a swim. It's the perfect place to go on a warm summer day.
Molde was granted city status in 1742. The city continued to grow throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming a center for Norwegian textile and garment industry, as well as the administrative center for the region, and a major tourist destination. A fire in 1916 and the bombing during World War II left most of the city’s old wooden buildings in ruins. This is the background for Molde's simple, clean and functional post-war architecture.