Ålesund, the Art Nouveau fairy tale town – half day private tour
During this Half Day – 3 hour walking private tour you will explore the main Art Nouveau marvels of the unique and enchanting town of Ålesund accompanied by a knowledgeable guide specialised in Art Nouveau who will point out the colourful details and imaginative ornamentation on the buildings and tell their history.
The town center of Ålesund was destroyed by fire in 1904, but rebuilt shortly after in Art Nouveau style, the characteristic architecture of the period, and could be taken right out of a fairy tale.
Our tours are not just about sightseeing because they are a unique experience of learning and understanding different cultures and returning back home richer than when the journey started. If you want to know about our 7-hour long Art Nouveau tour in Ålesund CLICK HERE. If you have a passion for Art Nouveau, this tour is definitely for you.
If you love Art Nouveau and travel to Ålesund or the Fjords area, you won’t find a better tour to discover all that Jugendstil has to offer than with our tours.
Duration: 3 hours.
Price per person can be as low as 390€ depending on the size of your group.
Price per group:
1 – 10 PAX = 390€
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We will start the 3-hour private walking tour in front of the Ålesund museum, a starting point that gives an overview of the area that we will discover during this tour.
From there we will stroll through “Kongens Gate” walking street, and also go by the harbour to see the Fishing Warehouses that have been converted into Hotels & apartments.
Your expert guide will take you on an informative and very well documented walk through the streets of this enchanting town providing a fascinating and exclusive insight into the history of the town.
In addition to a detailed discovery of more than the 11 protected Art Nouveau buildings in the town, which include the detailed observation of the interior and exterior of Ålesund church, the tour includes an in-depth visit to the Art Nouveau Centre where you will get a summary of the Norwegian Jugendstil.
Regarding the Art Nouveau church we will visit its interior. We will focus more in its structure (both from outside and from inside) rather than in the furniture or sculptures, because the decorative and functional elements found in the interior are not Art Nouveau style. The stained glass windows are of Gesamtkunstwerk style.
The Art Nouveau Centre is inside an old pharmacy building and offers a fascinating insight into the Norwegian art nouveau interiors and objects. Our visit there will be exhaustive and we will explain you the context so you can understand how was the city at that time.
Finally if you want we can have a coffee and cake in a relaxed way in the Art Nouveau Centre’s coffee house.
Our specialised Art Nouveau guide can guide you in English, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese or Spanish. Please select the language of your choice in the list below the calendar.
Pickup & Drop Off
The tour starts in the Ålesund museum (Rasmus Roennebergs gate 16) and ends at the premises of the centre or the Art Nouveau Centre / Jugendstilsenteret (Apotekergata 16). Other starting points are available.
Things to Bring
Pending cost of the private tour price in cash.
For this tour we have a selection of four fully licensed local guides of the Association of Guides, all of them great experts in the Jugendstil style and with a lot of experience in guiding private tours. This is an additional guarantee of the quality of the tour. A dedicated private tour will give your visit more enjoyment, information and structure.
- Art Nouveau Center: Adults NOK 85, equals aproximately 9€ – Children under 18 years Free – Students NOK 50, equals aprox. 5€ – Seniors NOK 70, equals aprox. 7€. To see rates CLICK HERE.
- Alesund church: Adults NOK 30, equals aproximately 3,2€ – Children under 18 years Free.
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Food or additional drinks during the tour.
The walk up the top of Mount Aksla is not a part of this tour but we recommend you to walk up the 418 steps to the top in order to enjoy its unforgettable panoramic views. If you want to do this walk during the private tour, let us know but then we will have less time for other highlights of the private experience.
Booking issues – email or call Us
To book this private tour please select your desired date on the calendar. As we ask you to book the tour ahead of time, our system may not allow you to book a tour for the next few days. If you want to book this tour for a date that is not active on the website calendar, please, contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at Call (34) 667 823 001 and we will make our best to organise the tour in such a short notice. So far, we have always found a solution, so we encourage you to contact.
This tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should take appropriate weather gear with them. We recommend you to wear walking or comfortable shoes because this tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking and standing over paved and cobblestone surfaces with some inclines.
When Ålesund Church celebrates weddings or funerals the itinerary will have a limited visit to the church.
If you are interested in a longer tour you can book the 7-hour walking private tour which includes a visit to the interior of Ålesund church and a more in-depth visit to the Art Nouveau Centre. This is probably the most in-depth private tour about Art Nouveau available in Norway.
We have negotiated special rates in the Hotel Scandic Scandinavie, the only Art Nouveau hotel in the town. To get our special room rate (10% discount) please say you booked a tour with us when making a direct reservation to them firstname.lastname@example.org. You may have discounts as our clients also in some cafés and restaurants. We will inform you once in Ålesund.
Cancellation Policy – The booking can be canceled up to 2 weeks prior to the tour date. In this case you will receive a refund of the booking minus the financial fees. Further cancellations and no shows are non refundable. In this undesirable situation all amounts pending will be claimed.
The town of Ålesund is a sea port that fascinates with Art Nouveau architecture, a town that could be taken right out of a fairy tale. Amongst the main features of the Art Nouveau buildings in Ålesund stands out the decorative ornamentation of the façades based on pre-historic or medieval animal, plant-ornamentation and also other features of symbolism in the decoration.
How it all started – During the early hours of 23rd January 1904 a terrible fire raged through Ålesund. In the space of 16 hours, 850 houses burnt to the ground, and ten thousand people lost their homes. Three years later most of the town had been reconstructed and young Norwegian architects inspired both by German art nouveau and National Romanticism rebuilt buildings in a beautiful style.
The capital of the Fjords – The town and the surrounding areas are among the most popular sites for tourists in Norway. Many use The Art Nouveau town as a starting point to explore the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Geirangerfjord, the bird sanctuary island of Runde, or the spectacular snow-capped summits of the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmørsalpene.
Ålesund is the largest town on the northwest coast of Norway and has a spectacular setting with a fascinating Art Nouveau architecture, consisting of eleven islands close to the ocean with a backdrop of impressive mountain-peaks.
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