Trondheim is the capital of Mid-Norway and the country’s third largest city. It is teeming with life year round and has historical and world famous buildings and magnificent collections within its museums. Home to the largest university in the country, the city’s population is enlarged for most of the year, meaning there are an array of events and concerts and is always something happening. The old town, Bakklandet, offers a step back in history and the city has plenty green spaces and easy access to the forest. In general, Trondheim has a small town vibe with all the facilities and attractions of a large city so there are plenty of things to do and explore.
Delve into history at Nidaros Cathedral
The spire of Nidaros Cathedral, the symbol of the city, dominates the skyline. Construction of this magnificent cathedral began in 1070AD and today stands as the most visited attraction in the city and is a popular pilgrimage site. When you step into the cathedral, it is easy to get excited about the incredible architecture, amazing acoustics and distinctive atmosphere. Daily guided tours are the perfect way to delve deeper into its rich history. Neighboring the cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace, home to the Norwegian Crown Jewels, Armory, Home Front Museum and a museum dedicated to the findings and restoration of the cathedral.
Find your inner musician at Rockheim
Norwegians love everything to do with rock and Trondheim is home to Norway’s national rock museum, Rockheim. Here you can delve into Norwegian rock history as it documents musical culture from the 50s until the present day. The exhibition does focus on known Norwegian artists but if you are a rock or music fan, it is worth a visit. On display are memorabilia and artefacts from the industry, bands and artists. As you explore the interactive exhibits, you can play the guitar of TNT’s guitarist Ronnie Le Trekø or mix your own hip-hop tunes on professional equipment. Why not also try your hand on the decks as a DJ or let your inner musician be free at a number of interactive stations. The large media center also has an extensive collection of publications, books and magazines that you can enjoy in calm surroundings.
Enjoy the summer sun at Munkholmen
On Trondheim Fjord is a little gem of an island called Munkholmen. Historically, this was an execution site under the rein of King Olav Tryggvason. In more recent history, it has also been a monastery and a prison. During WWII, the Germans positioned six aircraft on the island to defend the submarine base, Dora, at the city’s harbor. Today, this little island is a favorite destination for locals and visitors as they flock there to sunbathe and swim on sunny summer days. The passenger boat leaves from Ravnkloa, by the fish market, in the summer months. The fortress houses a restaurant and outside the walls are many perfect picnic areas and one of the city’s most visited beaches.
Visit the home of music at Ringve Museum
Located on an old farm, Ringve Museum is Norway’s national museum of music and instruments. In its collection, it holds up to 2000 instruments from around the world, 700 of which are classical European instruments. The museum is open year round but in the summer months, you can join one of the informative guided tours. In addition to the exhibitions, the building is surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden, the perfect place to relax as you stroll along the trails.
Mid-Norway’s capital has much to offer no matter what your interests are. If you have time between meetings or flights then make sure you venture into the city, easily reached by bus or train from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Trondheim Airport.