and queens in one place
impressing Roskilde Cathedral is placed on the highest
point in Roskilde and can be seen from everywhere in
the surroundings. Photo: Preben Eider / Visit Denmark
Being a tourist in
Copenhagen it is easy to visit Roskilde too and anybody having
interest in history will find it worth a visit.
Roskilde has two
main tourist attractions: The Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking Ship
Museum. They are placed close to each other and it is easy to visit
both of them on a day trip from Copenhagen.
Cathedral is considered to be founded by the Viking king Harold
Bluetooth in the late 9th century and in the last 600 years it has been first choice when royals were to be
buried. The church contains
39 kings and queens among them Harold Bluetooth. Every year the church
is visited by 150.000 people.
Only a short walk
from the church you find the Viking Ship Museum build to host the five
Skuldelev Ships found in Roskilde Fjord in 1962. The original Viking ships are
exhibited in inside the museum. The harbour outside the
museum is just as interesting, since it is here often possible to see
full size reconstructions of the original Viking ships - among them the
Sea Stallion from Glendalough which in the summer 2007 will pass the
North Sea on its way to Dublin in Ireland. Read more about the voyage
30 meter long reconstructed Viking Ship "Sea
Stallion from Glendalough" in the harbour outside
The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. Photo: Michael
attractions near Roskilde is the archaeological Lejre Research Centre placed ten
kilometres from Roskilde.
Every year in July
the Roskilde Festival takes place in Roskilde. The largest music
festival in Northern Europe. Since 1971 it has been attracting young
people from whole Europe to hear leading rhythmic orchestras from all
over the World.
Being a tourist in
Copenhagen it is easy to go to Roskilde. The best way is to use the
train. Several times every hour trains are leaving Copenhagen
Central Station for Roskilde. The trip lasts less than half an
hour depending on the connection type.
From the station it
is walking distance (10 minutes) to Roskilde Cathedral which is placed
near the central place of Roskilde "Stændertorvet". It is
very easy to find and even if you get lost, you can ask anyone. They
all will be able to tell you the way to the cathedral.
Cathedral you can walk to the harbour to see the Viking Ship Museum
(less than 15 minutes). If you are interested in history you should
calculate at least an hour for each attraction - better more.
Roskilde is a nice town with a small but pleasant shopping street. In
nice weather it is easy to use more time to enjoy the town and the
orange scene at Roskilde Festival is well known among young people
all over Europe. Photo: Roskilde Festival