Visiting Trondheim

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The city of Trondheim was originally the capital city of Norway and was founded in 997. It is the country’s coronation city and all of Norway’s kings were crowned here. It is a popular destination for pilgrimages and has a rich cultural life. One of the city’s characteristics is its wooden architecture, mostly situated in the city centre with some dating back to the 1700s.Every year at the end of July, Trondheim hosts the St. Olav’s Festival, a cultural and church festival which attracts people from all over the world. This festival pays homage to one of the first Christian missionaries to Norway, Olav Haraldsson and consists of religious aspects such as mass and pilgrimages as well as cultural performances such as theatre and concerts. This year’s festival is being held between the 28thJuly to the 4thAugust. Visit the Royal Residence, Stiftsgarden, built in 1778 and is one of the largest wooden buildings in the Nordic countries. The Royal Residence was the point of departure for the coronation procession when Karl Johan was crowned in 1818 and this tradition continued with the crowning of Karl XV and Oscar II. Take a look around the Throne Room and the Queen’s Salon with its wall paintings and tapestries and beautiful ceiling adornments. Guided tours can also be organised if you wish to learn more about the history of the residence. (For more information on guided tours: http://www.nkim.no/english)Would you like to visit Trondheim in the Middle Ages? Spend a few hours at the Middle Ages Exhibition where life in Trondheim between 1050 and 1537 is recreated. A realistic reconstruction of the streets and houses during this period can be seen and there is also an audio-visual presentation which illustrates what life was like in medieval times. The church played an important role in the daily lives of people during this period and the section on church history in the exhibition includes ecclesiastical articles dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries. No visit to Trondheim would be complete without a trip to Nidaros Cathedral which was built over the grave of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. It is considered as the country’s national sanctuary and was an important destination for pilgrims up until the Reformation. Since 1997, with the creation of the pilgrim way, it has again, become a destination for pilgrims. During the summer months between the 20th June and the 20th August, evening mass is held every evening especially for travellers visiting the city.

Travel review

I visited Trondheim with my husband and children last year for 4 days. We stayed at the Comfort Hotel which was in a perfect location – the airport bus stops just 100 metres away from the hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the buffet breakfast was of good value, it helped set us up for the day.We started our stay with a walk to the top of the historic fort, Kristiansen Festung and we took a picnic with us. The views of the city were amazing. We spent around 3 hours here enjoying the peace and quiet. We then strolled down to the Nidaros Cathedral which is situated downhill across the old bridge.Nidaros Cathedral is definitely worth a visit although we didn’t stay too long as the kids were getting a bit fed up. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside the cathedral but we took quite a few pictures of the outside – the architectural features were really something! Tourists aren’t allowed into the cathedral during services so check before you go. It was quite difficult looking for restaurants in Trondheim that were suitable for two young children as all they wanted to eat were pizzas and chips! But we did manage to find a lovely little restaurant (Baklandet Skydsstation) with a friendly and warm atmosphere serving delicious Norwegian dishes which our children, surprisingly, enjoyed! The speciality of the restaurant is the fish soup, definitely recommended!We really enjoyed our stay in Trondheim and I would love to go back with my husband but without the children though this time. It’s a great place to go if you love history and architecture but with young children, we found there weren’t many places or things to do to entertain them.

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The crown jewels of Norway are hidden in Trondheim

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