Top 10 Things to do in Trondheim, Norway

October 6, 2017 Kiesha Cripe

Norway's capital of technology, the university town of Trondheim is a tech junkie's paradise and a history nerd's dream. The 11th-century Nidarosdomen Cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway, and the Royal Residence is the largest wooden palace in Scandanavia. Fast-forward several centuries, and SINTEF science research center is doing some of the world's most important work in environmentally-friendly technologies. Nearby skiing is world-class, with World Cup winter sports competitions held regularly at Granåsen.
Restaurants in Trondheim

1. Bakklandet Old Town

Oevre Bakklandet, Trondheim 7013, Norway
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Bakklandet Old Town

Reviewed By Trond F

I was here in November, and unfortunately it was raining. It’s a very charming place with small shops and restaurants. The buildings are typical old style Norwegian with small wooden houses. The area located close to Nidarosdomen. Recommended on a nice day without rain!

2. Ringve Museum

Lade Alle 60, Trondheim 7041, Norway +47 73 87 02 80
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Ringve Museum

Ringve is a specialized museum dedicated to music and musical instruments. During the summer season musical guides take you through music history with live demonstrations of historical instruments. Ringve is a country estate with buildings from the 1700s, 1800s and the 1900s. The museum is surrounded by botanical Gardens.

Reviewed By Eddiemack - Pompano Beach, Florida

We stopped at Trondheim during a recent cruise. The city is Norway's third largest with over 175,000 people including 30,000 students attending the University. After about a 30 minute drive through the countryside, we arrived at the esteemed Ringve Museum located in a private manor house where the owner's wife began collecting musical instruments and personal items from famous composers.
After meeting our guide, a music student who was dressed in period costume, we heard a very interesting discussion of what the museum had to offer. There are thousands of pieces from all over the world on display. During the tour, the guide demonstrated some of the most interesting instruments including an 18th century house organ. He also explained how music evolved in Norway through the ages. Other exhibits are devoted to sheet music, recordings and traditional Norwegian instruments. At the end of the tour, our guide presented a short musical recital as we enjoyed some sparkling wine. BRAVO!

3. Nidarosdomen

Bispegata 11, Trondheim 7012, Norway +47 73 89 08 00
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Nidarosdomen

Nidaros Cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway. Work began in 1070, and the building was completed in about 1300. After being damaged by fire, it lay largely in ruins for several hundred years. In 1869 extensive restorations were begun, and a century later the Cathedral was again restored to its original grandeur.

Reviewed By Maryann L - Fair Oaks, California

This impressive Cathedral was built in the 12th century. The altar is over the original grave of St. Olav, the Viking king who brought Christianity to Norway. The imposing structure is said to be the largest medieval building in Norway. Many of the faithful make pilgrimages to Nidaros. The facade contains carvings of biblical characters as well as Norwegian kings and clergy. It is said that many of the faces are of famous people. The statue of St. Michael the Archangel located on one of the tallest spires has the face of Bob Dylan. You can enter the Cathedral for a small fee and combination tickets to see the Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace museum and crown jewels are available for purchase..

4. Hiking in Bymarka

Kongens gate 91 b, Trondheim 7012, Norway
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Hiking in Bymarka

Reviewed By 1964Tore22 - Velen, Germany

Just a few minutes away from the town you have a place where you can hike. Also possible to go by bike.
During the winter it can be crowded with skiiers, During weekends in she snow free periode a lot of families will be out there with or without kids.

5. Rockheim

Brattoerkaia 14, Trondheim 7010, Norway +47 73 60 50 70
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4 based on 432 reviews

Rockheim

Rockheim is the national museum of popular music. Since the museum's opening in 2010 there has been a steady stream of visitors eager to learn about norwegian music and its history. Music is a source of enjoyment. It creates a sense of belonging and offers new experiences. But it is also a vital source of knowledge of ourselves and our cultural history. Behind the scenes, Rockheim's staff is engaged in managing and researching Norway's pop and rock music, and in making it accessible to the public. The visit to Rockheim begins in the spectacular "Top Box". From the main exhibit on the 6th floor you proceed down floor by floor. The music and stories are communicated by means of interactive exhibit technology and objects from the museum's collections. You are welcomed by Rockheim's guides, who will be your hosts and will answer your questions about the exhibits.

Reviewed By Markus M - Stockholm, Sweden

Far above average from a museum standpoint, given the excellent structure, interiors, interactivity, and wealth of the collections. If you're even remotely interested in music you'll find this place interesting, especially if you do not have great knowledge of Norwegian pop music throughout the years. As a fan of 60s and 70s psych, groove, garage etc. I came home with a large number of notes of bands to check out. Also appreciated that black metal had its own room, as such an important Norwegian music movement should have.

6. Vitensenteret i Trondheim

Kongens gate 1, Trondheim 7011, Norway +47 72 90 90 07
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Vitensenteret i Trondheim

Popular- science adventure centre. More than 150 models for you to explore. Revelations for visitors of all ages.

Reviewed By Andy B

This is a great museum for kids and families. It explains basic concepts of physics to kids and adults alike in a very informative yet fun way. (Almost) everything is touchable and they even have a quiz for kids. If it's a rainy day in Trondheim and you need to entertain you kids for a few hours it's a very good place. Education and fun combined!

7. Old Town Bridge

Bakklandet, Trondheim, Norway
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4 based on 985 reviews

Old Town Bridge

Reviewed By LoveIStanbul365 - Zurich, Switzerland

I must admit: I fell in love with Trondheim! Such a lovely and vibrant city with sooo many places to hang around. Old Town Bridge is one of the marvelous sightseeing points to enjoy Trondheim view.

8. Erkebispegarden (Archbishop's Palace)

Kongsgaardsgata 1b, Trondheim 7013, Norway +47 73 89 08 00
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4 based on 183 reviews

Erkebispegarden (Archbishop's Palace)

Reviewed By Janulik - Prague, Czech Republic

The museum shows original sculptures from Nidaros Cathedral and archaeological finds.One can see the Archbishop's mint, where coins were stamped, just as it was found by archaeologists. This was the world’s northernmost and smallest coin workshop. The coin production was probably only about 60 000 coins a year.
You can also watch an interesting film about the Nidaros Cathedral here which I found fascinating.

9. Kristiansten Fortress

Rosenborg, Trondheim 7016, Norway 08000900
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4 based on 377 reviews

Kristiansten Fortress

Reviewed By Janulik - Prague, Czech Republic

When I came here it said the fortress was shut to public, yet the main door was open and people went in and out as they wished.
Kristiansten Fortress was built after the city fire in 1681 to protect the city against attack from the east. Construction was finished in 1685. It fulfilled its purpose in 1718 against the Swedes.
During World War II the Nazis executed a number of Norwegians at Fortress.
The view of the town are pretty nice from here.

10. Pirbadet

Havnegata 12, Trondheim 7462, Norway +47 73 83 18 00
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4 based on 229 reviews

Pirbadet

At the spectacular Pirbadet Water Park in Trondheim, Norway, most of the attractions are in one large room, meaning young and old alike can enjoy time together.

Reviewed By Ingrid80302 - Boulder, Colorado

This pool was a wonderful place to spend an evening on our visit in Trondheim. There is a wave pool with a climbing wall, multiple slides, kids areas with hot tubs for watching parents, steam rooms, saunas, bubble chairs, and an incredible view out over the water. It is pricey but worth it.

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