Ålesund, the Art Nouveau fairy tale town – 2 hours walking private tour


During this 2 hour walking private tour you will explore the main Jugendstil gems of the unique and enchanting Art Nouveau town of Ålesund accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will point out the colourful details and imaginative ornamentation on the buildings and tell their history.

A myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful architecture and designs make Alesund a very attractive city to visit with a tour guide specialised in Art Nouveau.

The town of Ålesund is a sea port that fascinates with Jugendstil architecture. It is the largest town on the northwest coast of Norway and has a spectacular setting, consisting of eleven islands close to the ocean with a backdrop of impressive mountain-peaks. The town centre (on three of these islands) was destroyed by fire in 1904, but rebuilt shortly after in Art Nouveau.

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 love Jugendstil 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. Enjoy them.

Duration: 2 hours.

Departure time: at your prefered time, since 8.30am to 17.00am.

Price per group:
1 – 10 PAX = 350€ for the whole group
+10 PAX – Please Contact Us

Customized private tour: We organise tailor-made experiences for you and your group and are very interested to know about your trip. Please Contact Us and tell us your own ideas about your visit to Ålesund – from where you wish to go, to what you wish to see, eat and do. With that in mind, we will create a completely a customized, private experiences that match your interests and preferences.

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Special Requirements

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Art nouveau hotel Booking

Hotel Scandic Scandinavie is the only art nouveau hotel in the town. We can offer special rates with a 10% discount and with no commission for us to visitors who book with us. Please say you booked a tour with us when booking at ingrid@hotelscandinavie.no to get our special exclusive rate.
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We will start the 2-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 Art Nouveau.

In addition to a detailed discovery of more than the 11 protected art nouveau buildings in the town, which include an observation of the exterior structure and main elements of the Ålesund church.

The tour includes a short visit to the Art Nouveau Centre, which is located is inside an old pharmacy building. Our visit there will offer you a fascinating insight into the Norwegian Art Nouveau interiors and objects and will help you understand 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.

This itinerary will allow you to fully enjoy this magic town surrounded by fjords that looks like a fairy tale.

Experience the beauty of Norway‘s stunning art nouveau architecture on a private tour of Ålesund! Explore the breathtaking architectural style of the city, including the iconic Art Nouveau Centre, and get a unique insight into the history and culture of this charming coastal town. With an experienced guide to show you the best of Ålesund‘s Art Nouveau sights, you‘ll be sure to have a memorable day out.

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). We will adjust to your needs, so your hotel and the Cruises docks are alternative pickup points.


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.


Food or drinks during the tour.

Entrance fees, as examples:

  • Art Nouveau Center / Jugendstilsenteret is located in the old Swan Pharmacy from 1907 and is both a museum and a national centre of Art Nouveau. For information about the tickets CLICK HERE
  • Alesund Church. For more information CLICK HERE

Airport pick-up and/or drop off (extra fee). Contact Ålesund Taxi Company booking@taxiformidling.no or by phone at Call +47 70103000 or if you want we will contact them for you.

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.

about Ålesund

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 animals, plant-ornamentations and also on 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. In less than three years, young Norwegian architects inspired both by German Art Nouveau and National Romanticism rebuilt buildings in a beautiful style.

Additional Info

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 1,5 hours of walking and standing over paved and cobblestone surfaces with some inclines.

If you are interested in a longer tour you can book the 3-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. In this half day tour our private guide will also have more time to explain the buildings seen during the itinerary. If you have the full day to visit this amazing town, read about our 7-hour private tour, probably the most in-depth private tour about Art Nouveau available in the whole Norway.

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.

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 contact@artnouveau.club 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.

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