A World Heritage Site, Vikings and rock-n-roll await you in the cathedral city of Roskilde.
History, culture and beautiful nature are in generous supply a short 25 minutes from Copenhagen, not to mention inviting restaurants where you can relax and soak up your experiences.
The history of Roskilde and the surrounding areas dates back to the Viking and Middle Ages. One of the main attractions is the royal tombs in Roskilde Cathedral, an impressive architectural gem that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Roskilde is also a well-known destination for young people. RAGNAROCK museum offers interactive exhibitions on rock and pop music and youth culture, while the Viking Ship Museum, with its living historical workshops, is a delight for children. But Roskilde is also a modern city with a pedestrian zone filled with shops and cafés.
History is all around you. Traces of Roskilde’s golden age as Denmark’s first capital and centre of power for both royalty and the church are visible everywhere.
2. Multiple springs
It’s no accident that Roskilde’s name derives from the Danish word for spring, kilde. North of the Alps, it ranks as the city with the most springs.
3. UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 1995 Roskilde Cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique architecture, ranking it among world famous monuments such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Wall of China.
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Fjordlandet, or Fjord Country, covers the scenic areas around Roskilde Fjord and Isefjord. The towns and landscape of Fjordlandet are filled with vibrant stories, while its harbours are abuzz with activity. On a summer day you’ll encounter beach guests, sailors, fishermen, nature lovers, birdwatchers, history buffs and Viking enthusiasts.
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