Trondheim, historically Kaupangen, Nidaros and Trondhjem, is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. With a population of 181,513, it is the third most populous municipality in Norway, although the fourth largest urban area.
This idyllic neighbourhood on the east side of the Nidelva river features old timber buildings, originally the homes of the working class. Now restored, Bakklandet is a charming mixture of houses, shops and cafés. This special atmosphere of the small houses lives on today. The houses have been restored and the neighbourhood is bubbling with life. There's something for everybody here: cultural-historical interests, special boutiques, cafe's and restaurants and that special feeling of a neighbourhood in harmony.
The fascinating Monks' Island is not to be missed. This little island with a fort is situated in Trondheim harbour and served as Trondheim's execution ground and special prison in ancient times. In 1671 Chancellor of the Realm Peder Schumacher Griffenfeld was toppled from the peaks of power to the depths of the cold prison floor. In his halcyon days he had been the darling of King Fredrik III and author of the "Kongelov", the Royal Legislation for the Twinned Realms (Denmark and Norway). But he fell from grace and it was not until 18 years later that he was released 64 years of age and mortally sick. His miserable fate inspired French author Victor Hugo to write "The Prisoner of Munkholmen", if perhaps not also "Les Miserables".