Nidelva River, Trondheim © Rick Smit
The oldest of Norway's major cities, Trondheim has a
youthful feel dominated by the student population from the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Traditionally a
religious centre and trading hub for northern Europe, the city of
Trondheim is now well over a thousand years old.
Trondheim is home to some important historic
landmarks, including the Nidaros Cathedral, one of the biggest
churches in northern Europe and the only Gothic cathedral in
Norway. There are many traditional wooden houses in pretty areas
including Bakklandet and Ilsvikora, and other wooden buildings can
be viewed from the Old Town Bridge.
There are historical military sites at the fortress
island of Munkholmen and the former German submarine base of DORA
1. Trondheim also has several good-quality museums dedicated to
local culture and history. Trondheim is a picturesque city, and
though there are active pursuits like skiing, swimming, and hiking
available, it is also pleasant to simply stroll along the Nidelva
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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