The cruise port is located in the center with a great view of the city. Main sites, restaurants and shopping areas are located within walking distance from the dock.
The best view of the city is from partway up Aksla, a hill that overlooks the town, 400 steps smooth hike up. Alesund is famous for its consistent Art Nouveau architecture, as it burned down completely in 1904 and was rebuilt from the scratch in style popular at that time. The best activities are walks and hikes around the city center and the slopes of the fjords around. The city is also famous for the numerous annual festivals.