How can you determine whether the peculiar building you just passed is in Art Nouveau style? Is it sufficient that it is made of concrete? Does it have to have a tower?
Does it perhaps have something to do with the window or the beautiful decor on the façade? So, you are standing there, staring. "What about this, is this Art Nouveau?"
There are some typical ways to see and experience the town of Ålesund. You can climb all the steps to Aksla viewpoint to get a full overview of the town. Not enough of a physical challenge? Then you can hike up to Sukkertoppen, a little mountain located on the island of Hessa, south of the city centre, for an even broader overview. Or you can go into the town centre and experience Ålesund from the sea, walking on a floating walkway along the canal.
But if you want to really get to know the town's unique architecture, you have to trudge your way along the streets. And maybe cross them a few times, to see the buildings both from a distance and up close. The very best thing you can do, is to bring an expert with you on your hike. Because together with someone who knows what to look for, small and large details may appear around Ålesund's façades that you would not otherwise have noticed.