One of Denmark’s oldest towns
The magnificent 14th-century Roskilde Cathedral is a pantheon to 20 Danish kings and 17 queens and enjoys UNESCO World Heritage patronage. Denmark’s Viking King Harald Bluetooth was laid to rest in Roskilde 1000 years ago.
Prehistoric settlements and Viking heritage
Land of Legends brings history back to life with recreated Stone Age, Iron Age and Viking Age settlements surrounded by prehistoric pastures. The open-air museum features markets, living workshops with costumed craftspeople and a chance to taste real Viking food.
Denmark’s largest Viking Age collection
With collections reaching back to prehistoric times, the National Museum of Denmark features the nation’s largest collection of Viking Age heritage, including treasures of silver and gold – and it conveys the epic history of these great tradesmen, warriors and travellers.
Sail like a Viking!
Five authentic Viking ships are exhibited at the museum, which also features a heritage boatyard where Viking ships are reconstructed using original crafts – and visitors can try sailing on daily trips. An annual Wind & Water festival is held at the museum.
Once a wooden fortress home to 500 Vikings
The mounds of an authentic 1000-year-old Viking ring fortress, Trelleborg features a reconstructed Viking longhouse. Today the fortress also has a visitor’s centre and features an annual summer Viking market.
An epic Viking performance
An annual Viking play is staged by 150 costumed local volunteers by the Roskilde inlet in the town of Frederikssund. The play, which is in Danish, also features battle shows. And there is a small Viking market with authentic craft.