A massive fire in 1904 completely destroyed Ålesund’s city center. It was rebuilt a few years later almost entirely in the Art Nouveau style.
Ålesund is spread over 7 different islands in Norway’s Møre og Romsdal county, and most are connected via undersea tunnels.
Ålesund has always relied on fishing as its major industry. Today, Ålesund still provides a ton of cod and cod liver oil to Europe and the rest of the world.
In 2015, Disney Cruise Line partnered up exclusively with Ålesund tourism to offer guests a “Frozen” experience in the city – guests could join Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff for a special festival at the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum.
The life before the city fire, the people had jobs like fishing, agriculture and distribution.
The Architecture in Aalesund was looking like the wild west by the looks of it, but after the fire, it was like a new place for architectus to build something new, so architects in Europe sailed to Norway. The Jugendstil was the most outstanding architecture in Aalesund, and was the most popular style amongst the architects.
Aalesund is built on a gathered Jugendstil, where nearly every building is close to Art Nouveau, unlike other cities where only part on the town, there are Art nouveau style in the buildings.
There’s a common misunderstanding that the Emperor Wilhelm was responsible for the Jugendstil in Ålesund, but that is a misconception. Whilst the emperor and Jugendstil both orginated from Germany, only Jugendstil has something to do with Art Nouveau.