Trondheim sightseeing

Trondheim sightseeing


Guests on the Hurtigruten and the cruise ships heading North Cape or Bergen often only experience Trondheim as part of short stopovers. For such a short stay, a city tour through the old town is recommended, which leads to the main sights and interesting places.

Trondheim is one of those port cities that you can discover without a guided tour. There is also no need to use public transport. The distance between the jetty and the main sights in the center is less than two kilometers.

Guide to short distances

Guide to short distances


Trondheim: what to see during a short stay? 

Passenger ships call at the artificial island of Brattøra and dock opposite the water park. The passengers follow the signs to the historic center of the city. One of the first milestones on the way to the old town is the main train station. Then the Østre Kanalhavn is crossed. Then lie on the way:

Trondheim's main train station

Trondheim's main train station


Ravnkloa and Munkholmen

At the end of the inner-city main street Munkegata is the Ravnkloa fish market. From there, in summer, the small ferry boats to the island of Munkholmen (Monk's Island), about two kilometers away, start. Over the centuries, the island was first the place of execution for the Vikings and then the location of a Benedictine monastery, which in later times was used as a fortress, prison and customs post. 

Ravnkloa with the monument to the last Viking
Munkholmen Island
 

Departure of the ferries: Munkegata 64
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:00am to 17:00pm Saturdays 10:00am to 16:00pm

Munkegata

The “Mönchsstraße” is definitely Trondheim's main street. It runs dead straight along an imaginary line drawn from the spire of Nidaros Cathedral to the island of Munkholmen.

Munkegata with the Nidaros Cathedral

Munkegata with the Nidaros Cathedral


The Stiftsgården 

The magnificent wooden palace of Stiftsgården was built towards the end of the 18th century. It serves as a befitting residence for the Norwegian royal family during their stays in Trondheim. In the absence of the royals, some of the interiors can be visited.

 The Stiftsgården

The Stiftsgården

Location: Munkegata 23
Open to the public during the summer.
Guided tours are offered.

The torvet 

On the Stiftsgården, at the intersection of Munkegata and Kongensgate, follows the spacious, central market square Torvet. It measures around 90 by 90 meters. The towering column erected in the middle of the square bears the statue of the Viking king and city founder Olav Tryggvason. The traditional Trondheim Christmas market has been held on the Torvet since 2003.

The statue of Olav on the Torvet

The statue of Olav on the Torvet


Tourist information 

It is 1.600 meters from the cruise terminal. It is not a sight, but an extremely useful facility. The staff can provide information on Trondheim and offer advice. The tourist information office offers visitors free internet.  

Location: Nordre Gate 11, Trondheim
Opening times: 9:00am to 18:00pm 

The Vår Frue Kirke 

The medieval “Liebfrauenkirche” is a public space. The inviting parish church offers coffee and cake to those in need. The construction goes back to the year 1207. The altar deserves a special mention. He is gorgeous.

Tower of the Vår Frue Kirke
Altar of the Vår Frue Kirke
Altar of the Vår Frue Kirke
The organ loft of Vår Frue Kirke


Location: Kongens Gate 5

No entry; donations are requested. 

The Masonic lodge building 

A building worth seeing near Vår Frue Kirke is the Masonic Lodge building. The building was built in the neo-renaissance style and inaugurated in 1902. 

Location: Kongens Gate 3

The Nidaros Cathedral 

Trondheim's Cathedral is for sure the main attraction of the city. The mighty crossing tower can already be seen from the sea. The cathedral is Scandinavia's largest medieval church. It is said to have been built over the tomb of King Olav the Saint. He was canonized just a year after his death. This church is dedicated to him, the national hero of Norway.

 

The Nidaros Cathedral

The Nidaros Cathedral


The church burned down several times. For a long time only a ruin reminded of the former church. It was only in 1869 that it was decided to renovate the cathedral. And in 1983 the work was completed with the addition of a last statue in the facade. The church measures around 100 meters in length and 50 meters in width. Romanesque and Gothic style elements are mixed. A lot of time should be planned for visiting the cathedral.

The facade of the Nidaros Cathedral
The facade of the Nidaros Cathedral
The crossing tower of the Nidaros Cathedral
Facade detail of the Nidaros Cathedral
 

For centuries, Norway's kings were crowned in Trondheim Cathedral. Ten kings and almost all of Norway's archbishops found their final resting place in Nidaros Cathedral. 

Location: Bispegate 11
Opening times: Monday-Friday: 09 am to 00 pm; Saturdays: 15am to 00pm Sundays 09:00pm to 14:00pm
We recommend buying a combination ticket to visit the cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.
Combined ticket adults: 180 NOK (18,80 euros)

The Archbishop's Palace - Erkebispegården 

The Archbishop's Palace is right next to the cathedral. It is the oldest secular building in the country. Several museums have been set up on the extensive grounds of the fortress-like palace. You can visit medieval stone sculptures, archaeological finds, the imperial insignia and a collection of weapons and resistance. A well-designed and explained tour leads through the building.

 

The Archbishop's Palace

The Archbishop's Palace


Opening times: Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 15:00 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am to 15:00 pm; Sundays 12:00pm to 16:00pm 

The Gamle Bybrua wooden bridge 

To the northeast of the cathedral is the Bybrua wooden bridge. A bridge has been connecting both sides of the Nidelva River since 1685. The striking bridge with the often photographed "Glücksportal" was only built in 1861. From the middle of the bridge you can see the colorful wooden houses built on stilts on both sides of the river.

The Gamle Bybrua bridge
The Gamle Bybrua happiness portal

Kristiansten fortress 

The fortress towering over the city cannot be overlooked. It was built in 1681 after a major city fire. The task of the fortress was to protect Trondheim to the east. Kristiansten doesn't seem spectacular today. A few old cannons and artillery are on display; not more. The central structure is the Donjon Defense Tower. It has been used as a small museum since 1997.  

The Donjonen Defense Tower inside the Kristiansten Fortress

The Donjonen Defense Tower inside the Kristiansten Fortress


From the ramparts, visitors can enjoy an unrestricted view of Trondheim after a steep climb. The size of the city is easy to gauge from the height. And the height gives visitors the impression of how much green Trondheim surrounds. A part of the fortress is the commanders restaurant. 

Trondheim seen from the Kristiansten fortress
Kristiansten Fortress - restaurant commanders

 

The fortress grounds can be visited free of charge. There is an entrance fee for the museum.
The site will be closed to visitors at midnight.

Bakklandet - Trondheim's old town 

In the early 17th century, Trondheim's first suburb was established with Bakklandet. Several fires did not prevent the district from developing. Warehouses for commercial purposes were originally built along the Nidelva River. The district captivates with its traditional atmosphere. Nowadays it is a trendy residential and business location with trendy cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and lots of atmosphere. 

Nedre Bakklande street
Bakklandet - Buildings on the Nidelva River
Colorful buildings on the Nidelva River
Øvre Bakklandet street
 

And something else should be mentioned. Bakklandet has set up the world's first bicycle lift on the steep Brubakken street. Experienced drivers enjoy the lift. The others experiment with the unfamiliar technology. 

From Gamle Bybrua you can go straight to Brubakken.

Trondhjem's Sjøfartsmuseum

Norway has been a seafaring nation since the times of the Vikings. Trondheim's Maritime Museum brings old traditions back to life.

Trondheim's Sjøfartsmuseum

Trondheim's Sjøfartsmuseum


Location: Kjøpmannsgata 75
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 09am to 00pm, Sunday 14pm to 00pm
Adult admission: 90 NOK (9,40 euros). 

Vestre Kanalhavn 

West of the station is Vestre Kanalhavn, intended for yachts. It is a branch of the Nidelva River. The harbor area is lined to the south by a number of old warehouses that are well worth seeing.

At Vestre Kanalhavn

At Vestre Kanalhavn


Conclusion

The tour to the destinations named by the tourist information takes about 3 to 3½ hours. Enough time to see a lot without running the risk of missing the cruise ship departure. You can even take a coffee break in between.

Updated Aug 2023

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