Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Working for direct flights Ålesund to Amsterdam

Jugend-style centre of Ålesund, Norway by Tony Hall
23th of January 1904, the buildings of the city of Ålesund, largely built of wood, was destroyed during the night, a gale aiding the flames, and the population had to leave the town in the middle of the night with only a few minutes' notice. After this fire the city was completely rebuilt in Jugend style. If local politician get their way, you may fly non-stop from Amsterdam to Ålesund, without having to change planes in Oslo.

Local politicians and commerce leaders have actively courted the Dutch airline, KLM, to get a direct service to Amsterdam. KLM is currently working to extend its flights from Norway to the Netherlands, opening access to a large network of destinations worldwide to Norwegian travelers.

Ålesund - an interesting destination for art lovers
Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany loved the area around the city. After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks.

After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. The structures were designed by approximately 20 master builders and 30 Norwegian architects, most of them educated in Trondheim and Charlottenburg, Berlin, drawing inspiration from all over Europe.
The town has an unusually consistent architecture, most of the buildings having been built between 1904 and 1907.

Ålesund is a partner in the Art nouveau network, a European network of co-operation created in 1999 for the study, safeguards and development of the Art nouveau.

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