The many lush and flowering rose gardens have given this lovely fjord town its label "The City of Roses". Home to 25,000 inhabitants, Molde is the administrative centre 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, showcases jazz from all corners of the world for a week each summer.
The town has a viewpoint called Varden where you can enjoy views 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 and 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. The perfect place to go on a hot summer day.
Molde was granted city status in 1742. The city continued to grow throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming a centre for the Norwegian textile and garment industry, as well as the administrative centre for the region, and a major tourist destination. A fire in 1916 and bombings 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.