Alesund is probably the most beautiful city in Norway, situated on islands and a peninsula, and with a unique architecture in Jugend style.
It is both a municipality and a city, located on the Norwegian North-Western
coast, and has has a population of appr. 43.000.
The architecture makes this city different from any other Norwegian city. In 1904, a huge city-fire totally destroyed about 850 buildings in the city centre.
The German Emperor Wilhelm II immediately offered his help, and only two days after the fire, the German vessels “Weimar” and “Prinz Heindrich” arrived the city, offering the "First Aid" help that was so needed.
After a relatively short time, Ålesund raised from the ashes, to become one of the most beautiful towns in Norway, in an amazing Jugendstyle architecture.
The Coat of Arms has been in use since 1898, and symbolizes the importance of fishery for the city.
It shows a ship in silver on a red background. A ship that was so typical for the region during the 18th and 19th century. Then the waves and the fish were added to the arms drawing.
In 1838 Ålesund was established as a municipality. It received it's City Rights in 1848.
If you ever visit Ålesund, you must make a visit to the amazing view point on Fjellstua, just above the city centre.
The Fjellstua Restaurant on Mount Aksla is offering a spectaculare view from the coffe tables, making you want to sit there for hours.
It's quite a steep and narrow road up in the hills, where forest hides most of the view.
And then, like all of a sudden, it all opens up like a widescreen picture, showing an amazing view over the town and the surrounding islands.
From the city park there are stairs leading up to the viewpoint, and many tourists takes this walk. You can also go by sightseeingbus from the bus station, or by the small, city train.
Just outside the inner, city centre, the streets are getting steep and narrow. That in combination with the many beautiful buildings is adding a charming impression, which again is giving the town it's unique identity.
climate in Alesund is relatively mild, but from time to time, during
the winter, snow and ice makes driving and parking of cars quite a
problem in these streets. Most people find them charming, and the streets ands the architecture of the buildings are no doubt adding personality to the city.
Hotels and accomodation at your service when you need it
A city like this has of course lots of hotels and other accomodations, many of them beautiful situated by the water, or almost in the water actually. If you are looking for cheaper alternatives, like hostels, these are also available.
As you can see from the photos, the city centre is divided by canals. In one of them we find "Brosundet", where the buildings makes the waterfront. Quite unique in Norway, and it's easy to understand why the inhabitants of Alesund are very proud of their town.
Brosundet actually IS the city centre. No other Norwegian city can
offer you the environment and cityview you find at this exact spot.
From Brosundet you are at walking distance from the many attractions excellent hotels, fine restaurants, pubs, and much more that you find in Alesund.
The Jugend Style Architecture
This is the Jugendstyle Centre where you can learn more about the Art Noveau history. These buildings has many beautiful ornaments, and are mostly in very good and authentic condition. This building is in the typical Jugend architecture.
Over the years, many of the old Art Noveau
style houses has been demolished, and have given place
for modern buildings in glass and concrete.
The Atlantic Park Aquarium
This is one of the largest saltwater aquariums in Northern Europe, and a very popular attraction in Ålesund.
See the fishes beeing fed by divers, and the penguins getting their food by staff members dressed in tails.
The entrance fee is NOK 140 (adults) and NOK 65 for children 3-15 years.
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Ålesund is accessable in many ways, by bus, boat, airplane and more.
Every day, all year through, the
Coastal Express, Hurtigruten
is calling Ålesund. In the summer, the North bound ship arrives the town around 11, and then departures for Geiranger.
In the winter time, the
northbound Hurtigruten goes directly to Molde after docking in Ålesund. From the 2013 season the Hurtigruten will be cruising Hjørundfjorden in September and October, after the Geiranger season is over.
Ålesund Airport Vigra is an important hub for the region, with
connections to several destinations, both domestic and international.
To get to and from the city airport, you will have to travel a subsea tunnel, as the airport is situated on Vigra, a small island just outside Alesund.
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You can get here by express bus from Bergen, Trondheim or Oslo. You can also go by train to Åndalsnes, and by bus from Åndalsnes to Ålesund.
For hundreds of years, the town has been a trading centre for the region, and still is. Ålesund has also become an important centre for the maritime cluster of shipping, maritime industry and nautical education.
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On Sunday February 17th, the first cruiseship of the year 2013 arrived Ålesund. Mostly British passengers, and many of them were taking a tour in the city, to see Fjellstua and the Sunnmøre Museum.
The ship is headed north along the coast, and the main reason for many passenger at this time of the year is to see the Nordic Light, the Aurora Borealis.
Last year the city was expecting 105.000 cruise ship passengers to visit, while Ålesund this season is expecting 220.000.
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