The Town Park is located on the foot of Mount Aksla. The park is a perfect place where to relax and it contains a stone erected to the Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in thanks for his help after the fire of 1904. In the park, very close the beginning of the stair to Mount Aksla, you can see the statue of Rollo the Viking.
Alesund has got a terrible history: in the night on 23rd January 1904 the town centre buried by a great fire, more than 800 houses were destroyed, and more than 10000 people were left homeless. The town centre had been rebuilt by 1907 thanks his inhabitants and the German Kaiser.
Mount Aksla and Fjellstua viewpoints are one of Alesund biggest attractions. From the viewpoint you can see a fantastic views of the town, of the islands (Giske and Godoya are very easy to know) and the majestic Sunnmore Alps. To get to Aksla you can either climb the 418 steps from the Town Park or drive all the way up via the Borgundveien and Fjelltunveien roads.
From Alesund you can't lose a visit to the Sunnmore coast and islands. It is make by quite and nice small islands and fishing communities lie facing the Atlantic Ocean. One the islands there are some historical plays tell the story of the Vikings and their singular history and pillaging a thousand year ago. You must see the Giske Kirke and the Alnes Lighthouse!!! The Sunnmore island are the best place where you can relax in a fantastic landscape.
The Alesund Kirke was built in 1909 and It has got nice stained glass windows.The stained glass windows in the wall behind the organ were a gift frlm the German Kaiser Wilhelm II when the church was consacrated.
The Atlantic Sea Park is the nice aquarium of Alesund and it is built at Tueneset Island, about 3 Km west of Alesund downtown. You can see big tanks full of strange fishes, which show and explain the life in the ocean and in the fjords.
The Alesund Fiskerimuseet (Fisheries Museum) is located in a restored wharfside warehouse built in 1861. It is one of the few wooden buildings that weren't destroy from the big fire of 1904. In this museum you can see some old photos and things about the old fishermen of Alesund and to know everything you need about the export of klippfish (split, salted, dried cod) and cod liver oil.
Near the downtown of Alesund you can visit the Sunnmore Museum. It is located on the site of the old Borgundkaupangen market. The museum has got a large collection of old houses in open air, a wonderful boat collecttion (very good is the Viking Ship) and very close to the museum, there is the beautiful Borgund Stave Church built in the 12th century.
One of the best example of Art Nouveau architecture is the Art Nouveau Centre located near the Brosundet canal. This building originally was the Svanepoteket pharmacy. In the museum you can learn more about the history of the great fire of 1904 and the creation of the Art Nouveau style in Norway.
The reconstruction of the town was made by young Norwegians architects inspired by the Art Nouveau style. This style is famous thanks its use of myriad of turrets, spires, gables and fantastic ornamentation. Today, Alesund is known in all world as great example in the Norwegian architecture!!!
The Church of Giske is one of the best church I seen in the Sunnmore and in Alesund. It was built in marble around the middle of the 12th century and originally it was a private chapel for a poweful aristocratic family. If you want to visit it you can pay 20 NOK, but it is very nice!!!!
On the island of Godoya, on road toward the Godoy Coastal Museum there is a grave chamber that archeologists think built in the Younger Roman Period (375-400 AD). The chamber containing: bronze vessel, Gold ring, Roman medal and two chalices. Probably it is a tomb of a tradesman with contacts far into the Roman Empire. Many huge mounds from the same period tell about a rich area.
Fjellstua is located at the top of Aksla and it's from here that you will get the best of the best views of the town. It has an outdoor restaurant, caf?, and a platform to fully enjoy the architecture, the layout of the city, the archipelago and the Sunnmore Alps. You will have to walk up a LOT of stairs but it's worth it.
Rollon or Gange-Rolv was a viking who's said to be from one of the islands west for Ålesund, Giske or Vigra. He was forced out of Norway, and leaves for France where he's know for his constitution of Normanide around 9111
price 60 NK, kids goes for free.
it takes around 1,5 hours. They'll show you some of the buildings and how they were effected by the fire and how the jugend stile has affected this
The guiding is in Norwegian and English. The guide speaks both languages during the guded trip. you can also order your own guide