Pondering Norway, one doesn’t necessarily think first of pianists and composers, in a land that is renowned for its spectacular landscape and infinite opportunities for outdoors activities. But it so happens that a little villa in Troldhaugen, outside Bergen, was the home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer and pianist in the 19th century who influenced composers and pianists for generations to come.
His Troldhaugen home, an impressive 19th century residence sits on a hill at the Nordås Lake, and is now a living museum.
Visitors can enjoy this pretty Victorian villa where he lived with his wife Nina from 1885 to 1907, as well as his little red composer hut right on the shore of the lake, in which he withdrew to work in utmost silence.
His grave is nearby, at the bottom of the rocks, and a small concert hall overlooking his composer hut has been built where recitals and concerts take place on a regular basis in a serene and beautiful atmosphere.
As seen in The Great Railway Journeys of Europe