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.

Drop a coin in the cup and grab a coffee, chat to folks who use the place as a very low-key social centre, or come at noon for the bargain, organic lunches and free wi-fi. There are board games, occasional wandering guitarists and impromptu events. Just ask.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

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2. Sankt Laurentius

0.33 MILES

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…

3. Museum for Samtidskunst

0.39 MILES

Though it's housed in Roskilde's elegant 18th-century royal palace, this museum focuses on Fluxus art, often perplexing sound, video or performance…

4. Roskilde Domkirke

0.44 MILES

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…

5. Roskilde Museum

0.45 MILES

The city's main historical museum explores Roskilde from the Stone Age through Harald Bluetooth’s legacy to the first railway in Denmark.

6. Ragnarock


Within a startling architectural statement of a building, this spirit-lifting, highly interactive museum delivers a multisensory, experiential and often…

7. Sankt Jørgensbjerg Kirke

0.92 MILES

Strolling up past a remarkable collection of thatched cottages along Kirkegade and Skt Ibsvej is the highlight of visiting this small 11th-century church.

8. Museumsø

0.96 MILES

Reconstructions of the five classic longboats displayed in Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum are moored around this 'museum island' along with several other…