Although Trondheim is the technology capital of Norway, the main reason for its popularity with tourists and locals alike is its incredibly vibrant cultural life.
Trondheim never sleeps: there are always concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, historic sites or cosy cafés just waiting to be visited.
A visit to the Nidaros Cathedral is an obligatory part of any visit to the capital of Trøndelag. It is an impressive sight, whether you are visiting it as a pilgrim or just to admire the many decorative details that adorn its facade. The interior of the cathedral is also impressive in its rich detail, and the height of the ceiling and the acoustics create a sense of solemnity as soon as you cross its threshold.
A city of festivals
Trondheim is famous for its many excellent events all year round. The St. Olav Festival in July/August is Norway’s biggest religious and cultural festival. The impressive programme includes international stars and lesser artists throughout the week.
The Pstereo festival is a slightly more recent innovation, which has quickly become a fixture on the Norwegian festival circuit. Its venue, a beautiful spot between Nidaros Cathedral and the River Nidelva, makes it a unique experience. In addition to its own chamber music festival, jazz festival, blues festival, food festival, world music festival and several film festivals, Trondheim also hosts a large number of small, independent festivals and art exhibitions covering most genres.
Enjoy the peace and quiet in one of the many parks in the city centre, or pop into one of the countless pleasant cafés to rest your weary legs and get some welcome refreshment. We also recommend a stroll through the charming, historic Bakklandet quarter. Its mixture of small shops, cafés and houses will convey you back to the architectural traditions and atmosphere of days gone by.
If you want to get out into the countryside, there is a recreation area just outside the city, called Bymarka, with a large number of lakes and paths, set in beautiful countryside. The typical architecture of central Trondheim consists of low-rise wooden buildings, which helps to make the city feel open and relaxed. After a long walk, the perfect place to unwind is Pirbadet, Norway’s biggest indoor aquatic centre, before finishing off the evening at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.