A visit to Trondheim Recapped
Trondheim was once Norway's economic and military power base, and was known as Nidaros until the sixteenth century. The atmospheric town still has most of its antique center well-preserved, largely because Trondheim is still every bit the excellent harbor it was from centuries ago. Trondheim is located excellently at the mouth of a fertile valley. The city easily became a major pilgrimage center and a meeting base for the early Norse parliament. The fire that reduced much of the city in ashes in 1681 proved to be a blessing, as Trondheim has been reengineered with a gridiron plan. The broad avenues seen up to this day were meant to work like firebreaks, giving the city an elegant air even if it has become surrounded with the buildings of the 19th century. The Trondheim has one of Scandinavia's finest medieval cathedrals, surrounded by doughty stone edifices and timber warehouses, further uplifting the dignified feel. The city's slow-paced environment is best explored for at least a week, which best provides a setting for those wishing to escape the busy city life.