If you don't fancy using those freezing Skandi-style communal showers at Roskilde, some enterprising young Danes have set up some portable shower cubicles in the carpark outside their house, a ten minute walk from the east entrance. The equivalent of £5 (not much in expensive Scandinavia) will get you your own spacious bathroom with toilet and shower to wash the mud away. Feeling fresh, clean and ready for another day at the best music festival in Europe, you can also stop for breakfast there before you head back or buy supplies, like socks and soap. Stellar idea!
Walk past the convenience store near Entrance East and turn left down the next country lane you see, you might feel like there's nothing down there but trust me, it's just up ahead. Ask a friendly local for directions if you feel lost.
When the wrecks of several viking ships were found in the Roskilde Fjord in the 60s, it was only natural that a museum be erected on the shore to host them. The Viking Ship Museum is a leading institution in the history of viking sea travel. They offer sailing trips on the fjord on replica ships in the summer but the real treat is the adjacent boatyard where viking ships are reconstructed using authentic tools and techniques.
It's about a 25 minute walk from the train station (visit the Cathedral on the way). www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/page.asp?sideid=164&zcs=402
The Roskilde Cathedral has been the burial place for Danish kings and queens since the year 985 when Harald Bluetooth took a hankering to the original wooden church on the spot. The present cathedral is a fantastic work and you'll be amazed when you see it and, at the same time, consider the fact that the main body of the building was erected around 1280.
The cathedral features on UNESCO's list of worthy sites. Wander about the huge cathedral and see the graves and tombs of a millenium of Danish royalty. I love visiting it but I'll always remember it for my son's baptism back in 2002.
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