Art Nouveau Walk
Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
Distinguished by numerous spires, towers, and highly detailed ornamentation, Ålesund is renowned worldwide for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. This is due to a devastating fire in 1904 that burned a large part of the city to the ground. Afterward, the entire town was rebuilt in the fashionable Art Nouveau style of the time. Today Ålesund is a partner in the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, a European network created in 1999 for the research, conservation, and exposure of the Art Nouveau aesthetic and heritage. The tour includes a visit to Jugendstilsenteret, a museum and national center of Art Nouveau housed in a former pharmacy built in 1907. The museum features everything from modern multimedia presentations to original interiors, and provides comprehensive insight into Art Nouveau history. Afterward we stroll by the picturesque fishing port of Brosunde; Apotekertorget square, with its iconic fisherman and fisherman’s wife statues, and Ålesund’s attractive shopping street. We also stop by an art gallery, owned and operated by Ålesund-born artist Helge Bjørnsen, who gives you a complimentary, signed watercolor print of your choice. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore one of Norway’s most elegant and beautiful cities.