Established in the early 19th century, Ålesund was destroyed in a large-scale fire which consumed most of the town. Like a phoenix from the ashes however, it renewed itself, becoming in the process, one of Norway’s most exquisite and unique towns. Today, its streets are lined with an incredible array of Art Nouveau architecture; with brightly colored houses, unusually peaked and arched roofs, and decorative flourishes on building façades. AB note: the story is interesting, but we didn’t particularly love Alesund. It’s a little lifeless and not the most charming area. I’d skip this next time.

We visited the **Judendstilsenteret, a museum focused on the history of the town and art nouveau designs/rooms/furniture.

We ate at **Pillarguri Cafe (which was good).

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