- Roskilde was the capital of Denmark right up until about 1400 and is steeped in history, from its ancient cathedral – resting place of Danish monarchy - to the reconstructed vessels of the Viking Ship Museum down on Roskilde Fjord. Built around the fjord, the harbor is reached by a steep path downhill from the cathedral through the city's popular Folkeparken (people's park), and the views from outside the cathedral over the Fjord are tremendous. In addition to its layers of history, Roskilde is also a very modern town, with a great pedestrian shopping street (the market on the square in Stændertorvet is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, offering plenty of local atmosphere and fresh vegetables and fish), and a new shopping mall, Ro's Torv, some ten minutes' walk from the center on Københavnsvej. Roskilde is transformed each year on the first weekend in July, when the city plays host to Denmark's largest outdoor music festival, Roskilde Festival, at a site close to the center. In keeping with the city's musical connections, work on Denmark's national Rock Museum is underway on the Musicon site, a new cultural neighborhood based a short walk from Roskilde's center. Only 20 minutes away from Copenhagen by train, services to Roskilde are frequent.
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