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. A visit to Old Town Bridge represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Trondheim itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Bridge is not closed but it was covered in scaffolding making it difficult to see the gears. However the area is definitely still worth a visit  more »
  • This bridge is the symbol of Trondheim. The harbour area you can see from the bridge itself is fantastic. Great atmosphere. The brigde is beautiful and you can easily understand why it has become so....  more »
  • Trondheim is a wonderful city to visit. It has a lot of character, partially linked to its location at the Trondheimfjord. From the old town bridge you have a beautiful view over the Nidelva and the storage houses bordering the water.
  • A quant old town and nearby cathedral. The bridge was very romantic and the old town full of charm. I thoroughly enjoyed the cathedral, but be warned you cannot take photos inside. The exterior is magnificent and the grounds a mixture of stalls, ships and old graveyard. When in Trondheim you absolutely must stop and check this place out! You will not be disappointed 😉
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