Top things to do in Roskilde

Top Choice Museum in Roskilde

Viking Ship Museum

Five original Viking ships, discovered at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord, are displayed in the main hall of this must-see museum. A short walk away, the same ticket gives access to the workshops of Museumsø, where arc…
Top Choice Cathedral in Roskilde

Roskilde Domkirke

The crème de la crème of Danish cathedrals, this twin-spired giant was started by Bishop Absalon in 1170, but has been rebuilt and tweaked so many times that it’s now a superb showcase of 850 years’ worth of Danish …
Top Choice Museum in Roskilde


Within a startling architectural statement of a building, this spirit-lifting, highly interactive museum delivers a multisensory, experiential and often humorous journey through the evolution of rock music and youth…
Top Choice Coffee in Roskilde

Kaffe Kilden

This marvellous coffee shop looks tiny from the outside but actually links together a series of bare-brick, walled corners full of relaxed, junk-shop charm.
Music in Roskilde

Roskilde Festival

Denmark’s answer to Glastonbury, Roskilde Festival is northern Europe’s largest music festival, a week-long summer binge of bands and booze.
Museum in Roskilde

Sankt Laurentius

Squeezing up a narrow spiral stairway takes you past two 19th-century jail cells to the clock at the top of this AD 1500 bell tower for peeped views across Roskilde's main square. After you come down from the tower,…
Museum in Roskilde


Reconstructions of the five classic longboats displayed in Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum are moored around this 'museum island' along with several other Scandinavian traditional wooden vessels rebuilt like their his…
Arts Centre in Roskilde


While it's not exactly Christiania, since 2011 Roskilde has had its own tiny, self-organising alternative community in a graffiti-covered area of semi-derelict buildings southwest of the train station.
Danish in Roskilde


Easy to miss above a shop, just around the corner from the cathedral, Upstairs' dinner cuisine lies somewhere between trad-Danish and gourmet French with a strong emphasis on quality meat dishes. At lunchtime there'…
Danish in Roskilde


Dine in a pretty garden with orchard views of the cathedral, or inside within the modernised ancient cellar of what was once the town hall/hospital. Herring platters, shrimps, salads and open sandwiches feature at l…