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When you travel to Denmark, you are most likely to visit the capital Copenhagen or if you have kids, you may Billund, which has both Legoland and Lalandia. However, a 25-minute train ride from Copenhagen is the old capital Roskilde, which is definitely worth visiting.
Visit the Tombs at Roskilde Domkirke (Cathedral): The Cathedral is the burial place for the Danish kings and queens, and it will be the burial place for the current queen of Denmark, Margrethe II. The tombs of the Danish royalty are extravagant and worth seeing.
Immerse Yourself in History at the Roskilde Museum: The Roskilde Museum is a converted sugar refinery and merchant house that has exhibits on the history of Roskilde from the Medieval period to the present. The museum also has a Children’s Museum and a café.
Stop by Lützhøfts Købmandsgård: Lützhøfts Købmandsgård is a living museum of a grocery store as it appeared in the 1920s that you can still buy goods from. In the courtyard, there is also Håndværksmuseet (The Museum of Tools) that has a collection of tools from the period of 1800-1950.
See the Art at Roskilde Royal Mansion: The Royal Mansion (also known as the Royal Palace and the Yellow Palace) was used by the Royal family when they were passing through or attending funerals, and today it is Museet for Samtidskunst (The Museum of Contemporary Art).
Walk around Stændertorvet Square, Algade, and Skomagerade: Stændertorvet Square is the central square in downtown Roskilde and the location of the old city hall, the Royal Mansion, and Cathedral. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there is the farmer’s market. Algade and Skomagerade are the main streets connected to the square that have plenty of shops and cafes to visit.
Go to the Viking Ship Museum: The Viking Ship Museum houses five Viking ships that were found in the Roskilde Fjord. The museum has a shipyard where people continue making Viking ships to this day, and the museum also offers sailing trips on a Viking ship.
Sail on Sagafjord: Located near the Viking Ship Museum is the Sagafjord, which is a passenger and car ferry from 1957 that was converted to a restaurant ship. Sagafjord offers lunch, afternoon coffee and cake, and dinner sailing trips in the Roskilde Fjord.
Outside Central Roskilde
Wander around Musicon and Ragnarock: Musicon is a cultural district in Roskilde that has various shops, restaurants, and even a skate hall. One of the flagships of Musicon is Ragnarock, which is a museum for pop, rock, and youth culture. There is also a café in Ragnarock.
Experience Festivals at Dyrskuepladsen: Dyrskuepladsen is the fairgrounds in Roskilde, which is the location for numerous events throughout the year including Roskilde Festival, one of the largest music festivals in Europe, the Dyrskue, the animal show as well as a carnival for children, and the Kræmmermarked, which is a market where people sell all different kinds of goods.
Find the Springs: Roskilde is named after the legendary King Ro (Hrothgar) who founded the city and the many kilder (springs) found here. Presently there are eight named springs throughout the area including the Saint Hans Kilde near the Cathedral and the Klosterkilden located in the Roskilde
Kloster (monastery). The springs can be tricky to find, and I recommend going to Visit Roskilde for information on the location of the springs.
Explore Boserup Skov (Forest): The forest borders the Roskilde Fjord, and it is a great place to have a picnic. There is also the Boserupgård Naturcenter (Nature Center), play areas, a bog, and even burial mounds from the Bronze Age.
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