Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city
Trondheim is the oldest of Norway’s major cities, and its old heritage can still be traced in and around the city centre. The marvellous Nidaros Cathedral, the second largest church of Northern Europe, towers over the city centre, which is roughly the area inside the meandering Nidelva.
The city boasts a rich, cultural heritage, but is still a major centre. Even if the size is modest, there’s a lot going on in Trondheim. Music, arts, culture, alternative politics, nightlife, student life… all combines into making Trondheim one of the most exciting city centres of Northern Europe.
The city celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 1997 but, contrary to popular belief, Trondheim was not so much of a center for the Vikings, as it was founded at the end of the Viking Age. However, it was the religious center of northern Europe during the Middle Ages and a vital hub for North Atlantic trade, giving it plenty of characteristic mansions and harbor houses. For centuries, Trondheim was the northernmost mercantile city in Europe, giving it a special “edge-of-the-world” feeling. This also resulted in a more outgoing international culture than many other Scandinavian cities at the time. The inhabitants like to call their city the historical, religious, and technological capital of Norway.
Trondheim is …….. a city of students, technology, culture, cycling and food.
….. a city of Festivals. Trondheim hosts festivals in genres including jazz, blues, chamber music, world music, rock and pop.
…… a city for cyclists. Trondheim’s intimate city centre is perfect for cyclists. Excellent cycling paths lead to and around the city centre.
…… a city for food lovers. Annual food and beer festivals, a food hall, Norway’s most popular Farmers’ Market, several local breweries and many excellent restaurants focusing on local food.
Trondheim ‘what to see’ ……
Wooden harbour buildings along Kjøpmannsgata, Fjordgata and Sandgata.
Nidaros Cathedral, the biggest church of Northern Europe and the only major gothic cathedral in Norway and one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Europe.
Sunsets from the River Nidelva
Stiftsgaarden, the King’s local residence
TV-tower with a rotating top restaurant
Trøndelag folkemuseum at Sverresborg, with lots of old houses depicting lifestyle in old days.
Rustkammeret. The army museum will interest any military history enthusiasts.
Other museums with exciting exhibitions include the National Museum of Decorative Arts – Nordenfjeldske KIM, the Trondheim Museum of Art, the NTNU University Museum and the Archbishop’s Palace Museum.
The Archbishop’s Palace the oldest secular building in Scandinavia.
Rockheim Norway’s national centre for pop and rock music
Stiftsgården. Stiftsgården is the royal residence in Trondheim, Norway. It is centrally situated on the city’s most important thoroughfare, Munkegaten. At 140 rooms constituting 4000 m² (43000 ft²), it is possibly the largest wooden building in Northern Europe, and it has been used by royals and their guests since 1800.It was built 1774–1778 for Cecilie Christine Schøller (1720–1786), the wealthy widow of Stie Tønsberg Schøller (1700–1769), chamberlain and merchant in Trondheim
Old Town Bridge or Gamle Bybro was first built on this site in 1681. Gamle Bybro crosses the Nidelva River from the south end of the main street Kjøpmannsgata connecting to the Trondheim neighborhood of Bakklandet. This remained a guarded city gate until 1816.
Trøndelag Folk Museum. Sverresborg is an open air museum with more than 80 historical buildings, several indoor exhibitions, and two restaurants. In 1914 the area surrounding the ruins of King Sverre’s medieval castle was appropriated for the site of the new open-air museum. The castle ruins are today the center of the Trøndelag Folk Museum.