Roskilde is a city located on the island of Zealand, Denmark. This ancient city can trace its roots back to the Viking Age. A tourist’s delight, the city of Roskilde has something for everyone - art and music, nature, history, shops, and several culinary temptations. Every year tens of thousands of people throng to Roskilde to participate and enjoy one of Europe’s largest music festivals - The Roskilde Festival.

Things to do in Roskilde!




Roskilde is located 30 km west of Copenhagen. The municipalities neighboring Roskilde are:

  • Bramsnæs
  • Greve
  • Gundsø
  • Hvalsø
  • Køge
  • Lejre
  • Ramsø
  • Skovbo
  • Solrød
  • Vallø

Getting around

General info


The nearest airport is the Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (40 km from Roskilde).

  • You can take the Metro from the airport to Roskilde. The ticket fare is approximately DKK 40.
  • There are many bus services available at the airport. You can take a bus to Copenhagen Central Station and then a train to Roskilde.
  • You can take a train from the airport to Copenhagen Central Station and then a train to Roskilde. You can refer to the Rejseplanen (Journey Planner) website for more details.
  • You can also take a taxi to Roskilde. It will cost you approximately DKK 585.



For taxis call Taxa Selandia at +4546757575.

Suggested itinerary

Roskilde in 1 day (Source: Frommers)


Day 1


There are a number of other attractions in Roskilde which you could explore if you wanted to stay longer in the city.


Tipping is typically included in the prices in Denmark. You are welcome to leave an additional tip if you are very happy with the service.

  • You could round off to the nearest Euro at restaurants.
  • Tipping cab drivers is not expected but will be appreciated especially if they help you with the luggage.
  • Tipping hotel porters, hotel concierge (if helpful) is appreciated.

Staying connected

  • Denmark uses the GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. The phone must be “Unlocked” to be able to accept the SIM card.
  • The SIM card has to be registered, using a passport or a European ID, before activation. This can be done when the SIM card is purchased or on the phone.
  • There are multiple service providers in Denmark that offer prepaid SIM/Pay As You Go optionsYou can buy the SIM card at the airport or online.
  • The SIM/Pay As You Go top ups can be purchased at tobacco shops, supermarkets as well as online.

Eat / Drink


Danish food is usually associated with bacon and potatoes. Pork is part of most of their dinners, accompanied by potatoes and carrots. Smørrebrød (Open Sandwich) with varied toppings is considered a national speciality. Other Danish favorites include frikadeller (meat balls), flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) and kogt torsk (poached cod).

Some notable local restaurants are:






Finding vegetarian fare is a challenge in Denmark and more so in a smaller city like Roskilde. You will have to look beyond traditional Danish cuisine at kebab shops and pizzerias to find eating vegetarian options.




Beer is the drink of choice in Denmark and the country is home to Carlsberg and Tuborg, two of the biggest brands in the beer industry. Other names popular brands include Albani, Brøckhouse and Mikkeller.


Some of the better known drinking options in Roskilde are:

Banner image credits: Per Jensen