Trondheim, the charming third largest city in Norway
With a population of 193,000, Trondheim is not a big city on a European scale. However, it is the third largest in Norway. I personally did not have much time to spend in Trondheim, but I was still able to catch most of the key attractions, which I would share more here.
The Nidarodomen Cathedral - Gothic Style
Trondheim has a number of sights that each year are among the most visited in Trøndelag. The Nidarosdomen cathedral is an impressive sight. The cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav. Work began in 1070, but the oldest parts still in existence date from the middle of the 12th century.
Nidarodomen Cathedral also calls to fame as being the world's northernmost medieval cathedral. You can choose to visit the cathedral together with the Archbishop's Palace. Otherwise you can have a sit at the entrance to take in the sights of the various sculptures adorning the various levels of the cathedral.
Joint Ticket – Nidaros Cathedral - The Archbishop Palace
Adults NOK 200
Students/Children (6-15) NOK 80
Families NOK 480 (2 adults and max 3 children)
Students/Children (6-15 years)
Families 265 (2 adults and max 3 children)
Tips on getting the most out of the Cathedral visit
The Old Wharves of Trondheim, Norway
The oldest of the wharves along the River Nidelva date back to the 18th century; nevertheless, they still give the impression of the waterfront as it was long before then. The wharves are colourful and and well-maintained.
The wharfs have a long history as storage facilities and loading/unloading cargo from the ships that came with traders from all over. The oldest wharfs in Trondheim was built around 1700 on both sides of the river Nidelven and the best-preserved wharfs today are the ones on the Bakklandet side, between the Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro) and Bakke Bridge.
Trondeim Bicycle Lift
Invented in 1993, this is the one and only bicycle lift in the world, and you can find it in Trondheim. When using the lift, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal). After pushing the start button, the user is pushed forward and a footplate emerges. A common mistake among tourists and other first-time users is that they don't keep their right leg outstretched and their body tilted forward. This makes it hard to maintain balance on the footplate, and can result in falling off.
This is very popular in Trondheim partly due to the university population coupled with the relatively flat grounds in Trondheim, making it a city that's very bicycle-friendly.
Kristiansten Fortress is one of Trondheim’s main landmarks. The fort was built after the great city fire in 1681 and now stands guard over the city. It saved the city from conquest by Sweden in 1718. The fortress was decommissioned in 1816 by king Charles XIV John. The fort offers a spectacular view over Trondheim and its surroundings, the fjord and the mountains. Currently this fortress is managed by the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency.
Monday - Saturday 9-18
Sunday (summer season) 10-17