The Wow: Twenty miles west of Copenhagen, Roskilde’s Musicon area hosts Scandinavia’s biggest music festival. This previously unhip neighborhood is slowly wooing skeptical locals with its skate park, open art studios, offbeat children’s playground, and resident dance theater and performance space.
Why Now? The original capital of Denmark and favored burial spot for generations of royalty, Roskilde is no stranger to international tourism. However, the recent shift of focus from staid old cathedral town to lively creative space for young, cool artists, has positioned the city for a tourism renaissance.