Bakklandet, Gamle Bybro and the wharfs, Trondheim
Next to Gamle Bybro you will find the most attractive of these old wodden houses along the river Nida. They certainly look best in the morning-sun and when you take the pics from one of the bridges there. Next to the bicycle-lift there is also a small square that will reach to the river and will allow you to make photos of the houses of the opposite bank of the river.
Gamle Bybro - the old wooden draw-bridge dates back to the end of the 19th century and it is out of order nowadays, but you still can see all wheels and chains and may imagine, how it once worked. Once that you are at this bridge dont miss to take a closer look at the bicycle-lift that you will find in a distance of just 50 meters. (read more about it in my next tip!)
Gamle Bybro is the old town bridge and it is also called the Gate of Fortune. it was built in 1861 and yes, even originaly it had those striking carved red gates. There was an excise house at the end of the bridge, and it is now used as a day centre.
When I saw this bridge, from the distance (and admittedly my eyesight isn't the best) I thought it looked like a Chinese bridge or something, only without dragons. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the architect was some very locally born Carl Adolf Dahl
Sidenote: the bridge is closed to the traffic.
The Old Town Bridge spans the Nid river and it is made of wood. It reminded me a little of a Chinese bridge with the red wood construction, but no, it was not imported, but built here in Trondheim in 1861. There are two gates, one of them called the "Gate of Fortune" (see what I mean???)
You can't miss it on your way to Bakklandet!
The colorful wooden houses in Trondheim add to the beautiful feel of the city - on the banks of the river you see the different houses in colors red, yellow, ocre, grey and white. The streets in the old town are small and narrow and the atmosphere in this area is very cozy!!!
The Gamle Bybro (the Bridge of the Old Town) was built in hte 1681. Originally the Gamle Bybro was constructed of wood, but the wood was supported on three stone piers. In the middle of the bridge an iron grill/gate was placed. This remained a guarded city gate until 1816. At each end of the bridge there was a toll and guard house. The access house on the west end still stands, but that on the east side was taken down in 1824. In 1861 the bridge was restored and modify as appear today.
The Bryggen of Trondheim is one of the best example of ancient warehouses in the middle Norway. They were built between the 18th and 19th century and, as yuo can see, they remember the ones in Bergen. Today they are offices, dresses shops and restaurants. You can see the Bryggen from the Gamle Bybro Bridge or Bakke Bru Bridge.
Liz and I saw an impressive line-up of colourful warehouses which dates back to the 18th century. It was so lovely since each house was painted in a cheerful colour. Now this was the moment we could click our cameras away.
Photo Note: Personally I found this "little bryggen" more pictureresque than the famous ones found in Bergen. There were no obstructions to photography and the river lends a nice mirror-like calm to the whole scenary. I was disappointed when I saw the "real" Bryggen in Bergen. Big fat cranes obstructed my view!
You'll catch sight of this pretty red bridge, Gamle Bybro (The Old Town Bridge) as you stroll along the Bryggen (old warehouses ) in the old part of town. Constructed in 1861, this bridge completes the picture of Old Trondheim. Walk beyound it and make your way up to the old fort for a pictureresque view of Trondheim.
"Gamle bybro" - also called Lykkens Portal - translated the Portal of Happiness. Most tourist visiting Trondheim stop to take photos of the bridge and the charming wooden house area Bakklandet which awaits you on the other side of Nidelven.
The Old City Bridge we see today was built in 1861. But the first bridge at this place is even older, it was built in 1685. The bridge itself isn't specially big or beautiful, but the area round the bridge (Bakklandet) is very cozy! It is old buildings of tree, many cafes and wiew to the warfs.
The Old City Bridge has a nickname, "The gate of happiness". And the myth says that if you kisses your love on the bridge, you will be together forever. Isn't that cute? :)
The oldest of the wharves along the River Nidelva date back to the 18th century; nevertheless, they still give the impression of the waterfront as it was long before then. The wharves is a reminder of the importance of Trondheim as a merchant city.
This red bridge was buildt in 1690 to ease the acsess from the fortress to the town. The bridge replaced an earliger bridge that was too run down.
Todays bridge is built in 1861. Although there is a plaque on one of the pillar saying it was raised in 2000. The plaque is wrong. I lived there from 1994 to 1998, and the bridge was there.
The portals are sometimes called 'lykkens portal' (Portal of happiness). This is from an old song. The song is written by a young boy that had lost his girlfriend. He sang this song to her, and got her back. A lot of people still knows the song, so why don't you ask anybody to sing it (It's called 'Nidelven').
Don't miss my favourite thing in Trondheim - Bakklandet along the Nid river. An old working class area with typical Norwegian wooden houses, today cheerfully painted and with some nice restaurants and cafés. The most scenic road there is across this bridge - the famous Bybroa, if you approach it from the cathedral area.
Go at the Old Town Bridge
The Old Town bridge was built at the end of the 17th century! Yeap, it's that old. The view from that bridge is really nice. The way the houses reflect on the river's waters are just brilliant.