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'''Trondheim''' [http://www.trondheim.com/] is an old city in central [[Norway]]. The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology; its more than 25,000 students are a lot in a city with merely 160,000 inhabitants in total, and this contributes greatly to the city's economy.
Trondheim is the oldest of Norway's major cities, and its old heritage can still be traced in and around the city centre. The marvellous Nidaros Cathedral, the largest church of Northern Europe, towers over the city centre, which is roughly the area inside the
The city boasts a rich, cultural heritage, but is still a major centre. Even if the size is modest, there's a lot going on in Trondheim. Music, arts, culture, alternative politics, nightlife, student life... all combines into making Trondheim one of the most exciting city centres of Northern Europe.
'''Trondheim Airport Værnes''' [http://www.avinor.no/Norsk/Lufthavner/Trondheim_lufthavn,_Varnes/] serves international and national flights. There are plenty of flights every day to [[Oslo]], and several to places including [[Bergen]], [[Stavanger]], [[Bodø]] and [[Tromsø]], as well as the short-field airports of [[Mosjøen]], [[Sandnessjøen]], [[Brønnøysund]], [[Namsos]] and [[Rørvik]]. International destinations include [[London]] (Gatwick), [[Amsterdam]], [[Copenhagen]], [[Stockholm]], [[Alicante]] (Spain), [[Murcia]] (Spain), [[Malaga]] (Spain), [[Riga]], [[Warsaw]] and [[Prague]].
There are no longer direct trains on the '''Røros line''' [http://www.nsb.no/getfile.php/www.nsb.no/nsb.no/PDF/Rutetabeller/25-Oslo-Hamar-R%C3%B8ros-Trondheim.pdf], but there are two daily connections
Three daily trains make their way northwards on the '''Nordlandsbanen''' [http://www.nsb.no/getfile.php/www.nsb.no/nsb.no/PDF/Rutetabeller/71-Trondheim-Bod%C3%B8.pdf] towards [[Mosjøen]] and [[Mo i Rana]], with two of them continuing to [[Fauske]] and [[Bodø]]. Fauske is the main hub for buses northwards, for instance to [[Lofoten]]. Incidentally, the night service passes Hell station just before midnight...
'''Local trains''' [http://www.nsb.no/getfile.php/www.nsb.no/nsb.no/PDF/Rutetabeller/PDF-026-Tronderbanen-stortkort-13-12-09_12-06-10.pdf] between Trondheim and the airport, continuing to Steinkjer, depart every hour on weekdays, roughly every second hour on weekends. Trains for Oppdal and Røros depart a few times per day.
The '''Nabotåget''' [http://www.nsb.no/getfile.php/www.nsb.no/nsb.no/PDF/Rutetabeller/PDF-072%20Ostersund-Storlien%20kort.pdf] service runs twice daily to the Swedish border at [[Storlien]], continuing to the ski resort [[Åre]] and the city of [[Östersund]]. There are connections to [[Stockholm]], [[Gothenburg]] and [[Malmo]].
A '''Night service map''' [http://www.team-trafikk.no/pdf/Kart_nattbuss_210806_A4L.jpg] is here (in PDF). Remember, these only run nights after Friday and Saturday.
'''Tickets''' are bought from the driver, and are NOK
One '''tram''' [http://www.graakallbanen.no/] line operates from St. Olavs gate near the centre to Lian, up in the Bymarka forests. It operates on the same fare schedule, so day passes are valid.
The resort island of '''Munkholmen''' [http://www.munkholmen.no/foto.htm], ideal for swimming, sunbathing or a peek at the old monastery, can be reached by boat from Ravnkloa every hour in summer. Make sure you don't miss the last boat home in the evening!
'''Local trains''' [http://www.nsb.no/getfile.php/www.nsb.no/nsb.no/PDF/Rutetabeller/PDF-026-Tronderbanen-stortkort-13-12-09_12-06-10.pdf] can also be used within the city boundaries (between stations Rotvoll and Lerkendal/Heimdal). Sadly, these are no longer part of the common public transport fare system, so day passes are not valid. Buy single tickets from the station clerks or the conductor on the train.
* Stay close to the '''
* '''Wooden mansions''' in and around the city centre. '''Stiftsgaarden''', the King's local residence, is the biggest together with the Singsaker summer hotel, but the small, wooden houses in parts of the city like '''Bakklandet''' [http://www.bakklandet.com/], '''Hospitalsløkkan''' '''Ila''' and '''Ilsvikøra''' are even more picturesque.
* The ancient fortress island '''Munkholmen''', accessible by boat.
* Wooden '''harbour buildings''' along Kjøpmannsgata, Fjordgata and Sandgata. The best view is from the Old Town Bridge [http://www.vad1.com/photo/stock/n12-29.html] across Nidelva river, leading from close to the Cathedral to Bakklandet.
* The world's first bike lift '''Trampe''' at Bakklandet, just across the bridge
* '''TV-tower''' with a rotating top '''restaurant''' (bus 20,60 to Tyholttårnet/Otto Nielsens veg)
* '''Museum of Musical instruments''' [http://www.ringve.com/] at Ringve (bus 3,4 to Ringve museum). Also has the bothanical gardens of Trondheim.
* The small community of squatters in the area of '''Reina''' (dubbed by themselves '''Svartla'mon''' [http://www.svartlamon.org/ ]), now an ecological experiment-part of the city. A different neighbourhood to walk around in, with very few shops, cafes and lots of graffiti.
* '''DORA 1''' , the German submarine base for the 13th flotilla during the German occupation of Norway 1940 - 1945. Today the bunker is housing many archives, among them the city archives, university and state archives.
* '''Trøndelag folkemuseum''' [http://www.sverresborg.no/] at '''Sverresborg''', with lots of old houses depicting lifestyle in old days. In a very beautiful park area overlooking the city, and truly worth a visit! Activities for children on Sundays. Eat at the nice inhouse-cafe, or at the next-door "Tavern" dating from the 18th century. (Bus 8 to Trøndelag Folkemuseum)
*<see name="Vitensentret" alt="Trondheim Science Museum" address="Kongens gate 1" directions="" phone="(+47) 73 59 61 23" url="http://www.vitensenteret.com/" hours="10:00-16:00 (winter), 10:00-17:00 (summer)" price="80 NOK (adult)" lat="" long="">A center for popularizing science, has lots of exhibits many of the interactive. Also has a gift store. Opens 1 hour later on saturday/sunday.</see>
* Every year in the end of July and the beginning of August, you can visit the '''St. Olav Festival''' [http://www.olavsfestdagene.no/]. The festival is a celebration of Olav Haraldsson, who attempted to christianise Norway. The festivals programme consists of both religious contributions, like masses for pilgrimages in the Nidaros cathedral and cultural festivities like concerts, Middle-Age-plays, lectures, exhibitions and many other activities.
* Have a '''swim''' in the modern Pirbadet [http://www.pirbadet.no/] swimming pool, a magnificent water palace just by the sea, but definitely warmer! (Bus 46 or 52 to Pirterminalen, end station)
* Have a even cooler '''swim''' in the sjøbadet, a tiny little, but very cosy beach that consists of not much more than a wooden diving tower. It gains its uniqueness through its location, right to the left behind the central trainstation, in the area of harbor and industries. Don't worry, it's the cleanest water in the world!
* If the weather is nice and the fjord is warm, the best swimming spots are found east of the city. The '''Lade''' area contains a footpath along the fjord, which passes many of the best swimming spots. (Bus 3 to Strandveikaia, then walk along the industrially-looking road to the left... and you'll find beauty soon!) Also, the '''Rotvoll/Ranheim'''-area further out is brilliant for sunbathing and swimming. (Bus 6 to Rotvoll or longer, or local train to Rotvoll station)
* Check out Trondheim's bustling '''nightlife'''. During term time, the students make the nightlife rocking all week, and skyrocketing in weekends. Check the "Drink" section for more.
* Have a walk in the '''Kristiansten Fortress'''-areakristiansen Fortress , overlooking the city. (If you can't be bothered with the hills, get bus 63 to Ankersgata, or rent a bike and use the bike lift!)
* Take the local train to '''Hell Station''' and get a photo of yourself. If you can't be bothered going there, you can still buy a one-way ticket to Hell from Central Station... for that special someone.
* Go '''skiing at Vassfjellet''' [http://www.vassfjellet.com/] just outside Trondheim, in the season there's a bus service from Munkegata, and a Ski Shop [http://www.vassfjellet.no/] with ski and snowboard rental service.
* Cross-country skiing is popular november-april with hundreds of km tracks in Bymarka and Estenstadmarka. You can rent skis at [http://www.skiklubben.no/index.php/Vinter/Skiutleie/Skiutleie.html Skistua] in Bymarka, bus 10.
*<do name="Minimalen Short Film Fest" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.minimalen.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">In March there is the option of watching the best of Norwegian and Nordic short films, as well as the best of the international film scene.</do>
Trondheim has food spots to suit every taste.
* '''Studentersamfundet''', Elgeseter gate 1. In the weird, wild, round, red house that houses the Interrail centre in summer and the student society otherwise. The café Edgar serve some decent grub for not too much money (The chocolate cake is big and cheap). The entrance is at the back of the building, and nearly unmarked. Go through the back door and to the left. Lyche (entrance from the south) serves really good food (soups, sanwiches, dinner, dessert) for reasonable prices. All southbound buses stop at Studentersamfundet.
* '''Student canteens'''. The size of the university means there are 21 student canteens around, serving up pretty bad food at
* '''Hot Dog'''. Any kiosk will offer ''pølse'' in a bun and/or ''lompe'' (a soft tortilla-like patty) with condiments, and it may appear to be a cheap meal, though making a habit of eating pølse at all times is strongly discouraged.
* '''Kafé Knaillhard''', Innheredsveien 69c. Kafé Knaillhard is part of the uffahus [http://jaguar.intrapoint.no/rw/site/uffa/index.php?c=11&kat=english+information] and serves vegetarian/vegan food during the week around 6PM for 25 kroner.
* '''1001 Natt''', Olav Tryggvasons gate. In the main thoroughfare through the centre, 1001 Natt is
* '''Sesam''', Studentersamfundet. Just by the main entrance, Sesam makes the city's most hyped and beloved burgers.
* '''Ramp''', Strandveien, Svartlamon. This totally laid-back, semi-organic offering in the squat area of Svartlamon is a good places to while away the hours while watching totally exotic people doing their stuff. Great food at great prices. The letdown is the view of a train goods terminal, a German-built submarine bunker complex and that it is cool to the point of pretension; bring your tats and dreads. Any eastbound bus will take you to Strandveien stop.
* '''EGON Tårnet''', Otto Nielsens vei 4, Tyholt. The rotating restaurant at the top of Radio Tower in Tyholt offers a pizza buffet for only NOK 105. It is every Sunday and Monday from 11AM to 11PM. All other days it is from 11AM to 6PM. Tap water is for free, other beverages. [http://www.egon.no/] with adress and pricelist. (Bus 20 or 60 to Tyholttårnet/Otto Nielsens veg) There are also other EGON outlets around town, the most central being in Søndre gate.
* '''Credo''', Credoveita behind Byhaven shopping centre. A top offering with a stellar wine list, this restaurant manages to be both informal, creative and top-end. Expensive, but a memory for life.
Also, beware of the stringent regulations governing the sale of alcohol! You can only get drinks of strength 4,7% or less from regular shops. So, only beer. Also, they stop selling beer at 8PM sharp on weekdays, 6PM sharp on Saturdays and they don't sell it at all on Sundays... a legacy from Christian Democracy. Beware of the alcohol-free beer too, there's lots of it, and many people drink it if they are driving... if you see beer that seems cheap(er) than the rest, check the strength!!
If you want wine or spirits, you'll need to find a Vinmonopolet, the state-run liquor stores. There are only a few in Trondheim, and they close early, 5 or 6PM during the week and 3PM on Saturdays. Sunday? Forget it. The most central one can be found in "Søndre gate"
The cafe scene in Trondheim is the best developed in Norway, with tons of fine coffee-and-cake spots around. Most double as pubs during the night.
* '''Hotell Britannia''' [http://www.britannia.no/] with its 1890's facade, and a matching but modern interior is the most stylish hotel in the city. Its location in Dronningens gate 5 is in the middle of town. It has two restaurants, a number of bars, and modern but stylish rooms. There are also a number of themed rooms, like rooms decorated by well-known Norwegian artists. Prices start at 1100/1300 and go a long way up.
* '''Rica Nidelven hotel''' Havnegata 1. Is even more modern, and offers a very very good breakfast buffet.