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Welcome to Roskilde


Roskilde may be only 22 miles (35km) from Copenhagen, but this small city has an ancient feel all its own. It dates back more than a thousand years, and was the capital of Denmark in medieval times, as well as a hub of both Viking activity and the Danish church.

Roskilde's most significant attractions are the Roskilde Cathedral, which is the burial site for Danish monarchs, and the Viking Ship Museum, which displays ancient weapons, ships, and other artefacts from the Viking Age. The city also has the Roskilde Palace, which is a former royal residence and now contains an art museum.

The town is widely known as the home of the Roskilde Festival, one of Europe's biggest music festivals.

Roskilde is a small and pleasant town, small enough to walk around and containing a number of museums and galleries worth visiting, as well as parks, cafes, pubs and shops. The university ensures a lively atmosphere, and the city of 52,000 is anything but sleepy.

Information & Facts

Danish is the official language, but English is understood and widely used.

Danish currency is the Krone (DKK), made up of 100 ore. ATMs are liberally sprinkled throughout the country, and all major credit cards are widely accepted, expecially Visa. Travellers cheques are welcome at banks and hotels. Most banks are not open at weekends, however Copenhagen has several bureaux de change which stay open late at night, seven days a week.

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

The Roskilde Cathedral was the first Gothic cathedral built out of brick during the 12th and 13th centuries. Since the 15th century it has been the burial site for Danish monarchs, and is home to the Roskilde Cathedral Boys' Choir. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral's twin spires dominate the Roskilde skyline, and the ornately gilded interior gives visitors a sense of the royal history of Denmark.

Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum is home to five Viking ships dating back to the 11th century. The ships were deliberately sunk in the channel to prevent an attack on the city around the year 1070, and were excavated in 1962. They range from cargo ships to war raiders, and are on display at the museum overlooking Roskilde Fjord, along with weapons and other artefacts. Visitors can also watch shipwrights at work and see examples of traditional Nordic wooden boats. The museum has a gift shop and restaurant.

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