Architecture, Travel

Eight Unique Places to Visit in Trondheim, Norway

Situated on the Banks of the Nidelva river and the historic capital of Norway, Trondheim is home to around 30,000 University students and is a favourite destination of tourists. What’s the attraction?

Why do so many people choose to visit Trondheim, in Norway?

Trondheim river
From history to today – Trondheim’s Nidelva river and old warehouses now restaurants and workshops

Was it just because of the historic cathedral, Nidaros, the most northerly cathedral in the world? Or was it the lacework on the old bridge or something else that drew the crowds?

Take a fast virtual tour through Trondheim to see why I found it unique.

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Bakklandet quarter in Trondheim

7 Unique Facts about Trondheim

1. The Bicycle Tramp – Trondheim

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lift in Trondheim

It is home to the Tramp: the world’s only bicycle lift, a card-operated assist track that carries your bike up to the top of the hill. (It takes practice to use)

Bicycle tramp

2. The Old Bridge, Gammel Broen, Trondheim

Bridge
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The first bridge was built in 1681 to connect with the Kristiansten ‘festning,’ (or fortress on the hill).  The current bridge was built in 1861 by Carl Adolf Dahl. An iconic first stop for a selfie or Instagram pic that unequivocally says Trondheim.

Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim, Norway

3. Kristiansten Fortress, Trondheim

Built after the great fire of 1682, at a time when the Norwegians feared invasion from the marauding Swedes, Kristiansten Fortress is the location the Nazis used as a place of execution for members of the Norwegian resistance in WWII.

For modern visitors, it offers commanding and unique views of the city, fjords and mountains and retains vestigial examples of war – cannons, bastions, army barracks and artillery supply buildings.

Kristiansten Fortress can be accessed free of charge.

On weekends, you might be lucky to find re-enactment groups practising in the grounds.

5. Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

Trondheim is home to the northernmost gothic cathedral in the world – a unique architectural gem.

Nidaros Domkirken
Nidaros Cathedral

Built from 1079 onwards over the tomb of St Olav, the Viking King who brought Christianity to Norway, the Nidarosdomen cathedral was completed around 1300.

For the fit and hearty, there are 172 steps to the top of the tower. The tale of how St Olav united Norway, is legendary.

Similar to the Camino, Nidaros was the endpoint for pilgrims in the Middle Ages, who walked the Pilgrimsleden, or Pilgrim’s path, in the hopes of achieving enlightenment, spiritual clarity, healing and adventure.

View of Nidaros Cathedral from Festning Kristiansten

6. Armoury and Resistance Museum, Trondheim

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Adjacent to the cathedral, this museum conveys the history of the Norwegian armed forces with a focus on WW II. It houses a defunct Norwegian flag used at the time of the Nazi Occupation, and a curious portrait of Quisling, who the Nazis installed as leader, which very much resembles Adolf Hitler – this might have been intentional?

7. Stiftsgaarden, Trondheim

Dating from 1774, Stiftsgaarden was first constructed for a well-to-do family but from 1900 onwards, became the residence for the Norwegian Royal Family, when in Trondheim and comprises 140 rooms. Tours are available if booked in advance.

8. Bakklandet, Trondheim

On the far side of the city precinct, a colourful quarter of historic buildings line the river’s edge. Here you will see a living museum of unique wooden vernacular architecture known as Bakklandet.

Housing cafés, boutiques and curio shops, the old-style industrial warehouses have been repurposed as restaurants, schools and workshops. In summer in Norway, it is the place to be.

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skyndstasjion

Open seven days a week, Bakklandet Skyndsstation is a unique café with walls literally busting with traditional embroidery and comfy decor. A must-see for a cuppa or light meal, any time of the day.

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Eight reasons why Trondheim has got me under its spell and I can’t wait to go back, one day.

Unique Boutique Accommodation in Trondheim

Looking for a unique hotel to complement your stay? I loved the Hotel Bakeriet, a unique hotel cleverly designed to maintain the integrity of a historic bakery. The dining room has kept the original bakers’ ovens, its glass ceiling allowing guests to take in the view skyward. I love the dark brick walls complete with fire escape ladders and can highly recommend the complimentary waffles served at afternoon tea.

I do hope I have tempted you to fall in love with Trondheim.

29 thoughts on “Eight Unique Places to Visit in Trondheim, Norway”

  1. I didn’t know that Quisling was Norwegian !! – I mean, I never pondered the (_¤_)’s origins.
    You learn a new thang avry day !! 😀

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    1. After the war ended, the Norwegians invented a derisive word for a traitorous, untrustworthy individual and that word “quisling,” is still used today to mean that today, or so I am told.

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  2. This looks a charming city. Like just about everybody I know, I’ve never visited Norway. I wonder why it’s not made it as a must-see destination? Perhaps partly its reputation for being expensive? Who knows?

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    1. Norway is an expensive country that is true, Margaret. It is also true that is extremely charming and scenically spectacular! Perhaps the reason why Norway isn’t a favorite destination for the British holidaymaker is because there are so many alternative countries that give English people more bang for their buck? But that is crazy given that it is but a short boat or plane trip away from you. I travel for over 24 hours to get there!
      Perhaps another reason is a similar reason English expats here often don’t like to holiday in Tasmania or New Zealand.
      It is too cold and too similar to England. Holidays destinations are more often than not, places of warmth.
      I seem to buck that trend. Typical. I wonder if I would like Norway as much, if I lived in England? I suspect that I be there every second weekend!

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    1. The are very cute! A lovely vibe in the Bakklandet area. I wandered around the streets they one sunt afternoon and sat at the park at the top of the hill. The outstanding view my reward, plus a Norwegian chocolate bar, of course. Their local chocolates are delicious.

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  3. Never been to Norway, but I love your tour, Amanda. Looks like a lovely place, but for me, as it was for you, that bicycle lift would be top of my list of things to see. Where has that been all my life?

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    1. The tramp is unusual because Norwegians are mostly so fit from walking up all those mountains that a hill shouldn’t worry them. However, that one was pretty steep.

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  4. While it all looks beautiful, that bicycle tramp is really interesting! I can’t quite imagine how it works but I think it’s a splendid idea. This looks like a wonderfully different place to visit. I can see why you love it so much.

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    1. I am not clear on the mechanics of teh bicycle tramp lift, and it certainly requires both balance and dexterity as it just pulls the bike up the hill by the pedal, I recall, Zazzy.
      Trondheim did get me under its spell.

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