The city boasts a rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by the dramatic Norwegian nature, all combines into making Trondheim one of the most exciting city centers of Northern Europe.
What's up in Trondheim
Yes, they have fjords here too. Take a tour on Hurtigruten from Trondheim to any of 35 ports.
Available from 10 racks in central Trondheim, it's an excellent way to get around town.
Norway's national sanctuary
Once the original capital of Norway, Trondheim today is a vibrant, university town and the technology center of the country. The third largest city in Norway, Trondheim lies at the mouth of the Nidelven River, which winds through the center of the city. Trondheim was founded in 997 AD and still maintains some of its ancient architecture—seen in the impressive Nidaros Cathedral and the narrow roads and alleys still found in some parts of the city. However, after a fire in 1681 destroyed most of the houses in Trondheim, the city was reconstructed with wide streets to prevent future fires from spreading.The city center still has many old wooden buildings left from the 1700s.
The large student population adds a youthful energy to Trondheim and ensures that the city has a rich cultural life—full of cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and museums to keep you entertained during your stay.
Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral is one of Norway’s most impressive and most important cathedrals. The building was originally built in 1070 and almost completely destroyed by the mid-1500s due to several fires. The cathedral was rebuilt after each fire, keeping its original Gothic style. Nidaros was built over the grave of St. Olav and has been the site of pilgrimages since it was built. Take a look inside the cathedral and admire the stone carvings, archways, magnificent stained glass windows and old Baroque organ. Norway’s crown jewels are also kept on display in the building—and kings are both buried and crowned here.
A festival dedicated to St. Olav takes place every July featuring indoor and outdoor events in Trondheim, plus organ concerts at Nidaros Cathedral.
Trondheim has several art and history museums that are definitely worth a visit. The National Museum of Decorative Arts (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum) is focused on modern design and handicrafts. Here you’ll find examples of the best Scandinavian furniture, silver, glass work, textiles and more. The Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum is an open-air museum hosting 60 buildings representing life in the region over the past few centuries - it is one of the best folk museums in Norway.
For music lovers, the Ringve Museum showcases musical instruments from all over the world, including rare and antique instruments. You can play some of the instruments yourself or just enjoy the performances and demonstrations.
Adjacent to Nidros Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace is also worth a visit while you're in Trondheim. Constructed in the 12th century, this is the oldest secular building Scandinavia and was the residence of Norway’s archbishop until the Reformation in 1537. There are three museums on the premises to explore, including the Archbishop’s Palace Museum, which includes some original sculptures and other artifacts from Nidaros Cathedral.