Roskilde is located on East Zealand and is one of Denmark's oldest cities, with a location on the southeastern part of Roskilde Fjord. It is the capital of Roskilde Municipality halfway between
Holbaek, while Denmark's 10th. largest city with 46,701 inhabitants (2010). The city belongs to
Roskilde Domkirke (Roskilde Cathedral) is located in the very centre of Roskilde, on the spot where there has been a church for more than thousand years. The first church was a wooden church built by King Harald Blaatand (Bluetooth) in the 10th century - and around 1170, Bishop Absalon began the erection of the actual church. It was considered finished around 1280, but since then each century has added its own extensions in various styles.
cathedral is built of more than 3,000,000 red bricks. Quite impressive, but the façade is not as richly decorated as many other cathedrals I have visited around the world. However, inside
Roskilde cathedral is incredibly beautiful. The wonderful three-sided altar piece from 1560, the pulpit (which was a gift of King Christian IV in 1610), and the choir with the magnificent sarcophagus of Queen Margrethe I and a few other Royal tombs.
Since the Reformation,
Roskilde cathedral was designated as the Royal burial place (but has never hosted a coronation or a Royal wedding) and all Danish Kings - and almost all Queens - have been buried in Roskilde Cathedral. Many of them in special Royal Sepulchral Chapels and especially King Christian IV’s Chapel is very beautiful with its decorated walls and ceiling. No doubt it is one of Denmark’s most outstanding churches and is an absolute must see in Roskilde. In 1995,
Roskilde Cathedral was added to UNESCO's list of the world's most precious cultural assets. Roskilde Cathedral is a parish church and it might be closed to visitors due to services or religious ceremonies. Check
Roskilde Cathedral webpage for opening hours and admission fees.. www.roskildedomkirke.dk/
Hours: Apr-Sept: Mon-Fri 9-4:45, Sat 9-noon, Sun 12:30-4:45; Oct-Mar: Tue-Sat 10-3:45, Sun 12:30-3:45
Roskilde Festival is the largest North European culture and music festival and has existed since 1971. We are a non-profit organisation consisting of about 25 full-time employees and thousands of volunteers. Each year, The Roskilde Festival Charity Society, which is the association behind Roskilde Festival, ensures that the profits from Roskilde
festival are donated directly to humanitarian and cultural purposes.
Telephone: (+45) 46 36 66 13
Fax: (+45) 46 32 14 99
E-mail: info@ roskilde-festival.dk
Train to Roskilde station
Running regional train to Roskilde station from Copenhagen,
Næstved, Nykøbing Falster,
Slagelse and IC3 trains from
From Copenhagen to Roskilde approx. 20 min.
From Odense to Roskilde approx. 40 min.
From Aahus to Roskilde approx. 2 h. 30 min