One of Denmark's oldest cities
Everything you need to know before your visit
A short preview
Roskilde is a charming city brimming with beautiful architecture and history. In the middle of the city you’ll find the World Heritage Roskilde Cathedral, the burial place of Denmark's kings and queens through history. The path from the cathedral will lead you through the city park and down to the fjord and harbour. Here you can see ships dating back to the Age of the Vikings at the Viking Ship Museum, or sit and watch the world go by with an ice cream.
Roskilde is alive with music and is home to the big annual music festival,
Roskilde festival. Check events for live music in the park, at the city square, Stændertorvet, for concerts at the music venue Gimle and explore a world of music at the music exploratorium, Ragnarock.
Get ready to shop 'til you drop on the pedestrian high street and shopping centre,
Ro’s Torv, where you'll also find a fitness centre, restaurants and cinema.
Roskilde is part of Zealand’s first National Park, Skjoldungernes Land, which comprises of 170 square kilometers of beautiful nature with fjord, fields and forest.
At Visit Roskilde’s website you can find out what is happening in Roskilde right now and in the near future. Here you can find the attractions guide, gastronomy, other recommendations and much much more.
Architecture and history
Roskilde Cathedral is one of the most iconic churches in Denmark with its unique architecture and history. It was built in the 12th-13th Century and has been the chosen burial ground for the Royal Family throughout the ages.
The beautiful yellow mansion was built in 1733-1736 to give the Royal Family appropriate accommodation when visiting Roskilde.
Today it houses three different exhibition venues and hosts various cultural events
Allow yourself to be taken back in time walking through the scenic village of Skt. Jørgensbjerg, where charming timber-beamed houses line the narrow streets and you can steal sneak peeks of the fjord.
The first noble virgin nunnery is one of the crown jewels of Roskilde and houses a wealth of art and history. The Knights’ Hall and idyllic garden are both worth a visit, and the nunnery often hosts events and tours.
Museums worth a visit
The Viking Ship Museum
At Roskilde Harbour you can experience the original ships from the Age of Vikings, learn about the Danish vikings and sail on the fjord in a replica viking ship.
If you are interested in the history and archeology of Roskilde and wish to get a better understanding of the importance of the city throughout time, then Roskilde Museum is definitely worth a visit.
Family days out
Lejre - Land of Legends
Take a trip back in time to how they lived in the past at this open air museum, where you can explore several small communities from different ages up-close.
Here you can fight vikings, visit different workshops, sail in a canoe and experience Denmark’s biggest Viking King’s Hall.
The Boserup Forest
Treat yourself to a walk through this magical forest and out to the cliffs overlooking the fjord. Arguably at it's most beautiful in April-May when a carpet of anemones layer the forest floor. There's a fun obstacle course for children, cafe and forest information centre. There are allocated bonfire plots and forest shelters along the fjord.