Trondheim Travel Guide

Nidelva River, Trondheim © Rick Smit

The oldest of Norway's major cities, Trondheim has a youthful feel, dominated by the 25,000 students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Traditionally a religious centre and trading hub for northern Europe, Trondheim is now well over a thousand years old.

Trondheim is home to some important historic landmarks, including the Nidaros Cathedral, the biggest church in northern Europe and the only Gothic cathedral in Norway. There are many traditional wooden houses in pretty areas including Bakklandet and Ilsvikøra, and other wooden buildings can be viewed from the Old Town Bridge. There are historical military sites at the fortress island of Munkholmen and DORA 1, a former German submarine base. Trondheim also has several good-quality museums, including those dedicated to musical instruments and local culture and history.

Trondheim is a picturesque city, and though there are active pursuits like skiing, swimming, and hiking available, it is pleasant to simply stroll along the Nidelva River. There are a number of shopping centres and restaurants spread across town; and the student population ensures an energetic nightlife, though venues tend to close earlier than in other major cities. The city is especially lively in July and August during the St Olav Festival.

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