If you are traveling to Trondheim in Central Norway, you should take the time to visit Bakklandet with its charming wooden houses, cafés and beautiful backyards. It is located on the east side of the river Nidelven between Bakke Bridge and the Old Town Bridge. The area is dominated by small, wooden houses and narrow cobblestone streets. It is among the major tourist attractions in the city.
Bakklandet was Trondheim’s first suburb, and the first settlement at Bakklandet was established in the mid 1600’s. Under the siege in 1658, Swedish troops burned down the buildings, and during Swedish general Carl Gustaf Armfeldt’s campaign in Norway in 1718, Bakklandet was burned down again – this time by Norwegian forces as part of the defence of the city.
(Article continues)In 1965, the road plan for Trondheim proposed that the area should be demolished to make way for a four-lane motorway which would connect Elgeseter gate with Innherredsveien. The plans were met by opposition from locals, and by the early 1980’s the plan was shelved, after the city’s environmental council had approved depopulating the neighborhood in 1974.
(Article continues)Gamle Bybro (Old Town Bridge) was constructed by Johan Caspar von Cicignon in 1681 in conjunction with the reconstruction of Trondheim after the great fire of 1681. It is also known as Lykkens portal (Gate of Happiness), after the lyrics of the popular waltz Nidelven stille og vakker du er ( “Nidelven quiet and beautiful you are”) by Norwegian composer Oskar Hoddø (1916-1943).
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Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Photos by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews