The Royal Residence was built in 1778 and is made of wood! There are guided tours through the rooms and to judge from the pictures on the websites that I have seen, it must be really worthwhile!
Unfortunately our time was limited, so we did not go inside, but we did enjoy the surrounding gardens, where many Trondheimers were relaxing in the sun!
This is probably the biggest wooden building in Scandinavia and you can see the exterior on my intro page. It was built by a local noble woman and eventually bought out after she had died. Trondheim now uses it for the royal family visists since they come frequently to attend royal events in the cathedral. For NOK 50, you get a roundtrip that doesn't include the private residence of the royals but is still definately worth the money, mainly because the cheerful guides tell you a lot about Scandinavian history when talking about the royals and there were things even I as a Swede didn't know about our once joint Norwegian-Swedish king Bernadotte. You also get to see fine furniture and if you are into royals, the "coronation chairs" (no real coronation takes place these days). Scandinavians are of course also interested in the "pink room" where Märtha-Louise had her wedding party after getting married to the controversial Ari Behn.
The Royal Residence - Stiftsgården
Stiftsgården was built between 1774 and 1778 by the ambitious widow and privy counsellor Cecilie Christine Schøller, and is the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia. It was sold to the Norwegian State in 1800, and since 1906 it has served as the official royal residence in Trondheim. Both the exterior and interior are well preserved after a comprehensive restoration programme.
Stiftsgarden is the biggest palace of all Scandinavia. It was build in a Baroque style between 1774 and 1778 and it is now the Royal Palace in Trodheim
In the middle of all the sightseeing downtown,take a 5 minute break in the park behind the Royal Residence,Stiftsgården. Buy a Danish and a coffee in the nearby bakery and relax...