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Introducing Roskilde

In July, fans pour into town for the four-day-long Roskilde Festival, which vies with Glastonbury for the title of Europe’s biggest rock festival. Anyone who’s anyone on the international scene has played here – past crowds have grunged out to Nirvana, headbanged before Metallica and danced like idiots to Arctic Monkeys.

If you aren’t a festival fan, pity the poor fools for their warm beer and toilet queues, and relish the town instead. Roskilde is justly famous for its superb Viking Ship Museum and striking cathedral, the burial site of Danish royalty. It’s also hilly for Denmark – there’s a fascinating novelty in walking down to the harbour, then back up to the centre again.

Roskilde is a popular day trip from Copenhagen, only 30km away.