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Trondheim, home to 170,000 people, is one of Norway’s oldest cities, situated in the northern part of the country, on the shore of one of the most spectacular fjords. The city is divided by the Nidelva River, known for its fish stock. It is an important cultural and research centre, hosting the country's biggest internationally-acclaimed university. Trondheim is true heaven for Norwegian technology lovers – here, the famous SINTEF research facility develops world-famous eco-technologies.

Trondheim was founded in 997 by Norwegian king Olaf II, who declared it the country's first capital. Another famous ruler, a Christian bishop, built two buildings that are known as symbols of Trondheim, namely, the Archbishop's Palace and the Nidaros Cathedral – the latter a marvel of Gothic architecture. Erected in 1070, it is the second most important Christian house of worship in Northern Europe.

Cathedral in Trondheim
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Cathedral in Trondheim

From the 13th century, when Trondheim was granted the status of a royal residence, Norwegian kings were crowned and buried there, and the tradition continues to modern times. Stiftsgården, the royal palace and the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia, is another masterpiece of Norwegian architecture, completed in 1778. Trondheim is well-known for its wooden buildings, especially traditional wooden houses on poles.

The legendary Gamle Bybro lift bridge, also known as the Gate of Happiness, situated close to the Nidaros Cathedral, is also rightfully called a symbol of the city. Locals believe that once you cross the bridge, all your dreams come true. A breathtaking view of the city and the fjord opens up from it.

Cityscape of Trondheim
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Cityscape of Trondheim

Trondheimers were the first in the world to try out a CycloCable bicycle lift. The hilly streets make travelling around the city not fun for cyclists. The lifts have significantly improved commuting in such areas – you just need to put your foot on a footplate and press the button. The lift moves slowly, so it's easy to maintain balance. It is used not only by cyclists, but also by mothers with prams.

True geomagnetic storm in Norway, cityscape of Trondheim
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  True geomagnetic storm in Norway, cityscape of Trondheim

The central Trondheim square, distinguished by the statue of the city founder Olaf II, is also one of the oldest in Northern Europe. In small shops surrounding the square people buy souvenirs, jewellery and groceries. Almost all visitors bring back home Viking and troll figurines, handcrafts from deer fur, porcelain and silver, various knives, and knitwear adorned with traditional Nordic patterns. Brown goat cheese, cured and smoked fish, and mint chocolate are all popular purchases in Trondheim.

When in Trondheim, one must try the local dishes – poached smoked cod, cod liver with caviar, fish quenelles and whale meat. Tour guides usually recommend their guests order snow partridge fillet, smoked reindeer steak, and baked lamb with forest berry and fruit sauce. These traditional Trondheimer meals won't leave anyone disappointed.

Many festivals are organised all-year-round in this Norwegian city. The most important ones are the St. Olav festival, the International Kosmorama Film Festival, as well as festivals dedicated to jazz, blues and chamber music.

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