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Roskilde is a small town on the island of Zealand, 35km west of Copenhagen. The short distance makes it ideal for a day trip from the capital (30’ by train). Roskilde (with a population of about 50,000 inhabitants) has a small city centre where you can visit the famous cathedral, some museums and smaller churches and then walk down to the beautiful harbor (through Bypark) where you can visit the Viking Ship museum.

We decided to stay 4 days here to go slowly but also to use Roskilde as a base, with so many trains going to Copenhagen you feel like that you are in a suburb of the capital(although Roskilde has its own indetity).

Roskilde is also famous of its annual pop&rock festival (unfortunately we visited the city 2 weeks after the festival but we will return some day) but apart from that it’s just a peaceful town, the locals just visit Copenhagen for nightlife spots.

Roskilde is an old city, actually it dates from the Viking Age as it was founded in the 10th century by the lively tribe of the Vikings, at Roskilde museum you see olde finds like pottery, soapstone, coins and jewellery, finds that were made on the hill where the present centre is located(but also at Jorgensbjerg and Vindeboder districts). Coins have been minted in Roskilde under very single king starting with Cnut the Great(1018-35) while the last coin was struck in 1536.
Roskilde was the first capital of Denmark but also it was also an important religious town (the first church was built here by king Harald Bluethooth Gormsson in 980AD on the spot where the famous cathedral stands today). For Roskilde, the Renaissance was synonymous with decline, in 1417 Erik of Pomerania managed to deprive the Roskilde bishops of their most significant possession which was Copenhagen. In 1479 country’s university was founded here. After the Reformation (1536) Roskilde shrank, parish churches and monastic houses were demolished. In the 1600s, plague epidemics, fires and Swedish Wars killed many people with plagues and fires returning again at the beginning of 18th century. A lot of money came for renovation, it was that time when the new city hall was built on Staendertorvet square and the baroque yellow Palace was made.

  • Last visit to Roskilde: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Roskilde looks like a fantastic place to visit, I really like the cathedral and the viking museum! Good to see that it is such an easy day trip from Copenhagen!

  • Andreja86's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I hope you enjoyed MY town! The picture in your "Skt. Laurenti Kirke" tip is not of skt Josefs skole but Skt. Maria Park which is a home for seniors. There is no church in Domkirkestrade 10 - It is the office of Roskilde Cathedral. Roskilde Kloster is now private homes - I've been inside it some years ago and I won't say that you missed a lot. Which Restaurants did you try?

  • iblatt's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Hi again! Yesterday I watched a program about the Vikings on National Geographic Channel, they showed an impressive viking boat and a lab researching the Viking ship-building in a Roskilde museum: Is this the museum you visited, or a different one?

  • liliana91's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    as always, very beautiful photos. I love especially the photo with that lovely- lazy cat. It feel like it was saying something like: "dude..ready? ok, good, now take a photo with me "

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    nice interesting page, great cat as usual. the gravestones and the cemetery are most unusual. another city with a long history.

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Thanks for a new wonderful page. The place seems peaceful. Interesting the Viking Ship Museum.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    You presented some real nice sites with great photos and comments. To bad you could not get into the monastery-but you did see the museum and palace, and so much green up there.

  • Tuna_ank's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Many informations as usual. Roskilde was nice city but it was nicer with a Turkish restaurant. :-)) Could you find Greek rest.?:-))


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