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Day 3
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Ålesund is one of Norway's largest harbors. Destroyed by fire at the turn of the 20th century, it was ordered to be rebuilt by Kaiser Wilhelm II, who vacationed here. Thus many of the buildings are done in a German Art Nouveau style.
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  • History
  • Museums


  • The Alesunds Museum highlights the city's history. During World War II, it was a waypoint for the resistance.
  • Wander Alesund's streets; burned in 1904, the city was rebuilt in a colorful Art Nouveau style with Norwegian flourishes.

Side Trips

  • Take the 30-minute catamaran ride to Runde, Norway's southernmost bird rock. More than 200 species breed here.
  • The Atlantic Sea Park, 2 mi/3 km west of Alesund, is one of Scandinavia's largest aquariums.

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