The beautiful Norwegian city of Trondheim is located by the Nidälven river and tourists have made a pilgrimage here once in a while, thanks to the majestic cathedral Nidaros. Today, however, there are several other reasons to visit Trondheim and below are descriptions of some of them.
Nidaros Cathedral is a must
Despite the fact that pilgrims no longer come to the cathedral as often, which is actually considered to be the second largest in the Nordic countries, it is well worth a visit. According to Militarynous, the architecture alone is wonderful to view with its Roman elements mainly in Gothic style.
Over the years, the cathedral has survived a number of fires and renovations, but despite having been involved in countless escapades and had parts removed or rebuilt, it is still considered the heart of Trondheim. It was built by Olav Haraldsson – a famous Viking chief who made Norway a Christian country.
Follow along the Nidälven
Visiting Trondheim also means that you should walk or cycle along the mighty Nidälven that meanders in the southern part of the city. Here you can walk any distance from the center and many people exercise, walk or have a picnic by the beach. Especially at the marina in the southeastern part, students usually gather during the hot season.
If you cross the river from the center from Kjøpmannsgata, you enter a different spirit of the times. Anyone who loves cobbled streets, picturesque houses and small harbor magazines, has come to the right place. This is Trondheim’s answer to the Old Town in Stockholm and here it is completely crowded with different peoples who visit the many cafes, wooden houses and art galleries. The district is called Bakklandet and is a pure dream in the summer. Just above this part of the city you can see Kristiansten’s fortress which is an old execution site.
If you are historically interested and want to experience the spirit of World War II but at the same time treat yourself to some relaxation with a nice boat trip that can end in a summer dip during hot, sunny days, you should head to Munkholmen. The small island, which is ten minutes from the city center, had both Benedictine monasteries, old prisons and part of the German air defense in place during the war. Nowadays, however, there is a much nicer atmosphere on the island, which is lined with cafes, museums and green areas with swimming opportunities.
You can easily take the boat from Ravnkloa, which runs once an hour.
The Maritime Museum
For those who appreciate a small museum visit at regular intervals, the Maritime Museum is an interesting alternative. Admittedly, the size of it can make you hesitate to enter at first when it is relatively small, but once you enter you probably do not regret it. The content is better and more varied than you think and here you really get an insight into the city’s marine history. Trondheim has lived on trade and shipbuilding, so a look at the Maritime Museum makes you experience the city’s history again.
Whether it is summer or winter, you simply cannot leave Trondheim without having seen Pirbadet, which is a blissful mix of art and fun. Long, winding water slides, pools in different colors and shapes and a fantastic view of the river mean that you just have to go there. The entrance fee is 155 Norwegian kroner for adults and a little cheaper for children and pensioners.
If you want to go in just before the bath closes, you only need to pay 115 NOK.