Vikings and heritage in historical Roskilde

Once the capital of Denmark, Roskilde oozes of history and is a must for anyone with a knack for Vikings. With its picturesque location by the fjord and its rich historical heritage, Roskilde is a perfect day trip from Copenhagen only 30 minutes away.


As the only place in the world, you can travel back a thousand years and conquer the waters aboard a viking ship. But the ancient city also offers plenty of top-class contemporary culture with its world-renowned music festival, its museum for pop, rock and youth culture and much more. 

8 things you need to do in Roskilde

Photo: Martin Heiberg

Roskilde highlights

The Viking Ship Museum

Located in historic Roskilde, a mere 25 minutes from Copenhagen, the Viking Ship Museum offers a unique experience to adults and children alike.

RAGNAROCK Museum for pop, rock and youth culture

See, hear and feel your way through the history of rhythmic music from 1950s rock'n'roll, through 1980s pop culture to today's wild rhythms - and get ...

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is the largest cultural festival in Northern Europe. Roskilde Festival is a unique and all-encompassing experience, where the music ...

Roskilde Cathedral

The magnificent red-brick cathedral with its impressive tall spires is considered one of Denmark's most important architectural monuments.

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Free transport and admission with Copenhagen Card

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