City center

Harbour and residential areas


Name in Danish: Roskilde
Population: 46 000 (metro 81 000)
Year: 2009
Tallest building: Roskilde Cathedral (75m)

I have been to Copenhagen and I have been to the Roskilde festival, the rock music festival that has been held on the fairgrounds outside Roskilde in Denmark since 1971. But I have never been to the city of Roskilde, not until a weekend in September 2009. And it turned out to be a really nice small city with a wide pedestrian street with well preserved old typical Danish buildings, proximity to the water and hilly residential areas. It seems to be a wealthy and wellorganized city, very different from the festival area. The only thing to complain about is that the center become pretty dead after the stores close. It is situated just about 30 min by train to the west of Copenhagen, very close to the capital's western borders, at the bay Roskildefjorden in Zealand. It is famous for its cathedral, the university, a viking museum and the Treaty of Roskilde. Even though it is small, it is the 10th largest city of Denmark, and Zealand’s second largest, after Copenhagen.