Destination Norway: Why Not Choose… Trondheim?
Norway's third-largest city, a super-dynamic university city and a dream come true for history lovers, Trondheim offers many fascinating places to visit, both in and around the city. Come and discover this amazing region, at the gateway to the great Norwegian North!
A city rich in history…
Start your exploration in Torvet Central Square. Towering above it is a tall column bearing the statue of the city's founder, Olav Tryggvason. The statue, dating back to 1921, shows the King holding the sword and the sceptre, symbols of the Christian nation.
Next, move on to Stiftsgården, the royal residence and the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia. Above all, don't miss the country's national sanctuary: Nidaros Cathedral. You can admire the superb Rose window over the main door, and on the west side, the Roman statues representing saints and kings. Inside, you'll be astounded by the massive and magnificently decorated space, containing treasures such as the baroque organ adorned with chandeliers from 1741, or the crown jewels.
Your next destination should be the other side of the city. Cross the old Gamle Bybro bridge over the Nidelva River, connecting the city centre to Bakklandet . This trendy neighbourhood is made up of warehouses and pretty wooden residences from the 18th and 19th centuries, sitting by the Nidelva and on the hill. The houses here were once home to fishermen, sailors and small farmers. Enjoy a scenic stroll through the winding streets with their artisan boutiques, and sip a drink on one of the lovely wooden terraces floating on the river.
Now for a little history, with Kristiansten Fortress. This large white building, which boasts of having resisted a Swedish siege in 1718, is now a walking destination which is very popular for its beautiful lawns, its shady paths and above all its unbeatable view of Trondheim.
For a relaxing evening, head to the Docks neighbourhood. As the day draws to a close, its warehouses and hangars become bars and restaurants. The perfect place to appreciate Norwegian culture.
… where nature thrives!
If you fancy exploring the countryside around the city, you'll be spoilt for choice! At Ringve Botanical Gardens, enjoy a walk in a historical, Renaissance-style garden, or through a collection of trees from the Northern Hemisphere.
To the west of the city centre, Bymarka seduces visitors with its beautiful landscapes and a well-developed network of walking routes. Most of the fishing zones of the Nidelven (one of Norway's best rivers for trout and salmon) are accessible to the public. Keep your eyes open: you might catch sight of an otter or a beaver!
Top 10 Must-Sees
Stiftsgården (royal residence in Trondheim): one of the most imposing wooden buildings in the region. With 4000m² of living space, Stiftsgården was built in 1774 in a neo-classical style characterised by the harmonious shapes of the building.
Nidaros Cathedral: a pilgrimage site dedicated to Saint Olaf, a burial site for the kings of Norway, and therefore the national sanctuary, this 12th-century cathedral built in grey soapstone illustrates the Roman and Gothic styles.
Erkebispegarden (Archbishop's Palace): neighbouring the Nidaros Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace is a perfectly preserved mediaeval building. Dating back to the 12th century, the palace was the residence of the archbishops of Trondheim until the Reformation.
Bakklandet: it is impossible fall under the spell of this colourful neighbourhood, with its old gabled warehouses, built on stilts in the 18th century.
Kristiansten Fortress: after the terrible fire that struck Trondheim in 1681, the Norwegian authorities decided to build Kristiansten Fortress to protect against any attacks from the east. This is a symbolic site for the population, because in 1718, the fort managed to foil the invasion plan of their Swedish neighbours.
Ringve Botanical Gardens: this natural, peaceful haven is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. While you're there, visit the Music Museum.
Tyholt Tower: built by the Post and Telecom Agency, this 120m-high tower offers an exceptional panoramic view over the fjord and the city of Trondheim.
Munkholmen ("Monk's Island"): an island situated to the north of the Port of Trondheim , in the Trondheimsfjord . Over time, this island has been an execution site, a monastery, a fortress, a prison and even an anti-aircraft defence station in the Second World War.
Jotunheimen National Park: you will fall for the charms of this landscape of glacial valleys and mountains, which make it one of the preferred walking and fishing spots for Norwegians. The park is home to many animal species: lynx , wolverine , reindeer .
The Many Flavours of Norway
Trondheim's great culinary diversity has earned it the nickname "city of gastronomy". Annual gastronomy festivals, food halls, the most popular farmers' market in the country: in Trondheim, there is no shortage of opportunities to taste local and Norwegian specialities!
The lamb, for example, is particularly flavoursome, and is used in other delicious dishes: fenalår, leg of lamb that has undergone a long drying period, or pinnekjøt, rack of lamb or mutton salted in brine or seawater. If you're not much of a meat-eater, rest assured that in recent years, Norway has seen growing enthusiasm for local and seasonal vegetables, fruits and berries, making up fresh and colourful dishes!
February: ISFiT : This festival, which has been held in Trondheim every two years since 1988, brings together students from all around the world. It welcomes important figures such as the Dalai Lama or Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. ISFiT aims to overcome cultural, political and religious boundaries, promoting tolerance and mutual understanding.
May: Trondheim Jazz Festival, held every year since 1994.
July/August: Trøndelag Culinary Festival : Right in the heart of Trondheim, this festival offers over 150 tasting stands. There are also exhibitions, activities for children, cooking competitions and more.
29 July: Olavsfestdagene (Saint Olaf's Day) : This is the biggest festival in Trondheim. It celebrates Norway's historical and religious heritage, as well as its patron saint, Olaf II Haraldsson. There are many events at Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), Norway's largest cathedral and an important pilgrimage site.
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