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Roskilde harbour atmosphere

Roskilde is the main city in Roskilde Municipality, Denmark on the island of Zealand. It is an ancient city, dating from the Viking Age. Roskilde train station is a major stop between Copenhagen and the regions of Denmark located to its west. With a population of 46,701 (1 January 2010), the city is an economic center for the region.

The harbour

Roskilde Harbour is a natural part of the town at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord. There are plenty of activities at the marina and the adjacent museum harbour and it is the ideal starting point for sightseeing in the area. The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is the Danish national museum for ships, seafaring and boatbuilding in the prehistoric and medieval period. Around the year 1070, five Viking ships were deliberately sunk at Skuldelev in Roskilde Fjord in order to block the most important fairway… between 1957 and 1962 five wrecks of Viking ships from 11th century had been excavated from the fjord near Skuldelev. Few years later a showcase was built around the wrecks at the end of Roskilde fjord. Today those ships can be seen in the Viking Ship Hall, and additional museum buildings have been raised on Museum Island.


Roskilde is one of the oldest cities in Denmark.
More than 1000 years ago the Vikings established a trading post that developed into a major town. In the medieval period, Roskilde was one of the most important cities of northern Europe, the seat of the Danish crown and an episcopal residence.
Today, the city is rich in historical and cultural sights and attractions. In the beautiful red-brick Roskilde Cathedral the kings and queens of Denmark are buried.
The islands and islets of Roskilde Fjord can be viewed from a viking ship or a small cruiser docked at Roskilde Harbour the atmosphere of which hums with activity. The former gasworks at the same location now houses one of the many art galleries of the town and a glassblower.
The city centre offers a pedestrian precinct as well as a market square with plenty of commercial life. Culture flourishes all year round and the city has a rich musical life ranging from summer concerts at the cathedral organ dating back to 1554 to the Roskilde Festival.
The lovely scenery around Roskilde offfers numerous historical sights as well as a landscape perfect for biking and trekking.(Source: Copenhagen travel guide)

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