Old Town Bridge, Trondheim

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Old Town Bridge links the city center with the colorful neighborhood of Bakklandet, filled with cozy cafes and exclusive boutiques. Although originally constructed in 1681, the current bridge reflects numerous alterations. The last adjustment included replacement of the wooden foundations with a solid concrete structure. Notice the ornamented red portals that allow the bridge to still be lifted. Urban legend says that a Norwegian composer and a member of the resistance movement Oskar Hoddø composed a waltz from this bridge one night in April 1940. The bridge was thus nicknamed the Gate of Happiness after the popular waltz. Plan your visit to Old Town Bridge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Trondheim vacation builder.
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One of Norway’s major cities, Trondheim offers a wide range of accommodations. As with any Norwegian city, it’s easy to find the high-end hotels with big price tags in the city’s historical center. With a student population of roughly 25,000, the town also caters to more budget-conscious travelers with a fair number of options. Look for reasonably priced hostels near the university. If you’re not opposed to roughing it the way Norwegians love to, check out one of the many campsites in the city’s outskirts. You'll still have access to the city thanks to the local buses that run regularly.
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  • A beautiful old bridge. Just minutes from the Cathedral this pedestrian only bridge should be part of any visit to Trondheim. It has beautiful views down the river  more »
  • Go here on a sunny day and marvel at the view from the bridge towards Bakklandet. Well worth visiting.  more »
  • Everybody goes to see the Nidaros Cathedral, but you should not miss the Old Town Bridge, not only for its unique attraction in itself, but much more for the pleaded view it gives up and down the rive...  more »