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Roskilde , located 30 km (19 mi) west of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand, is the main city in Roskilde Municipality. With a population of 50,046 (as of 1 January 2016), the city is a business and educational centre for the region and the 10th largest city in Denmark. Roskilde is governed by the administrative council of Roskilde Municipality.
Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age. Its UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, now housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs, was completed in 1275, becoming a focus of religious influence until the Reformation. With the development of the rail network in the 19th century, Roskilde became an important hub for traffic with Copenhagen, and by the end of the century, there were tobacco factories, iron foundries and machine shops. Among the largest private sector employers today are the IT firm BEC (Bankernes EDB Central) and GPI (Glim Plastic Industri), specializing in plastics. The Risø research facility is also becoming a major employer, extending interest in sustainable energy to the clean technology sphere. The local university, founded in 1972, the historic Cathedral School, and the Danish Meat Trade College, established in 1964, are educational institutions of note. Roskilde has a large local hospital which has been expanded and modernized since it was opened in 1855. It is now increasingly active in the research sphere. The Sankt Hans psychiatric hospitalserves the Capital Region with specialized facilities for forensic psychiatry.
The cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum, which contains the well-preserved remains of five 11th-century ships, attract more than 100,000 visitors annually. In addition to its internationally recognized tourist attractions and its annual rock festival, Roskilde is popular with shoppers thanks to its two centrally located pedestrian streets complete with restaurants, cafés, and a variety of shops. The city is home to the FC Roskilde football club which play in the Danish 1st Division, the Roskilde Vikings RK rugby club, and the rowing club, Roskilde Roklub. In the 1970s, the city benefited from the opening of the university and from the completion of the Holbæk Motorway connecting it to Copenhagen. Roskilde has a the oldest operational railway station in Denmark, with connections across Zealand as well as with Falster, Lolland, and Jutland. The local airport opened in 1973, mainly serving light aircraft for business use and flight instruction.
Among the city's notable citizens are Absalon, the bishop who founded Copenhagen in the 12th century, L. A. Ring, the symbolist painter who gained fame in the 1880s, the writer Lise Nørgaard who wrote the popular Danish TV series Matador in 1978 and the rower Thomas Ebert who became an Olympic gold medallist in 2004.
An important component of the city's economy is tourism which currently accounts for DKK 1.2 billion (US$200 million) per annum. Provisional figures show an increase of 16.6% in overnight stays for 2014. The cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum attract more than 100,000 visitors per year although 20 years ago there were some 200,000 visits to the cathedral.
The city is also popular with shoppers, having received Denmark's Best Shopping City Award in 2012. In addition to a wide variety of shops and restaurants along its two downtown pedestrian streets, Algade and Skomagergade, Roskilde's shopping centre RO's Torv on Københavnsvej to the east of the city houses 70 stores under one roof.
One of the oldest restaurants in Roskilde is the Raadhuskælderen, in a building dated to 1430, noted for its salmon steak with tartar sauce and grilled chicken and cream sauce dishes. Also of note is La Brasserie on Algade, the Gimle Musikcafe on Ringstedgade, which is an English-style pub-restaurant with live music, and Restaurant Toppen at the top of a 84 metres (276 ft) water tower, built in 1961, with fine views of the town. The 76-room Hotel Prindsen has foundations which date to 1695. It has been a hotel for over 100 years and is decorated in the Nordic style with wooden floors and contains the large luxury Hans Christian Andersen suite. Scandic Hotel Roskilde is a 98-room chain-run hotel established in 1989, with a restaurant serving Danish and international cuisine. The thatched-roof Svogerslev Kro is an 18-room inn dated to 1727 in the Svogerslev area, about 2.5 miles to the west of Roskilde's centre.
Roskilde, which developed as the hub of the Viking land and sea trade routes over a thousand years ago, is one of Denmark's oldest cities. From the 11th century until 1443, it was the capital of Denmark. By the Middle Ages, with the support of kings and bishops, it had become one of the most important centres in Scandinavia. The Saxo Grammaticus and other early sources associate the name Roskilde (meaning "Ro's spring") with the legendary King Roar who possibly lived there in the 6th century.
According to Adam of Bremen and theSaxo Grammaticus, Roskilde was founded in the 980s by Harald Bluetooth. On high ground above the harbour, he built a wooden church consecrated to the Holy Trinity as well as a royal residence nearby. Although no traces of these buildings have been discovered, in 1997 archaeologists found the remains of Viking ships in the Isefjord, the oldest of which is dated to 1030. At the time, there were also two churches in the area: St Jørgensbjerg, an early stone church, and a wooden church discovered under today's St Ib's Church. Harald was buried in the wooden church he had built on the site of today's Roskilde Cathedral.
In 1020, King Canute elevated Roskilde to a bishopric, giving it high national status. Absalon, the Danish bishop, had a brick church built on the site of Harald's church in 1170. Today's cathedral was completed in 1275 after five of Absalon's successors had contributed to its construction. As a result of Absalon's influence, many other churches were built in the vicinity, making Roskilde the most important town in Zealand. Coins were minted there from the 11th to the 14th century. In 1150, Sweyn Grathe built a moat around the city. The Roskilde bishops owned large areas of land in the region including, from 1186, Havn on the Øresund which later became Copenhagen. By the time of the Danish Reformation in 1536, there were 12 churches and five monasteries in the city.
It is not clear when Roskilde became a market town but it was certainly enjoying trading privileges under King Eric II who reigned from 1134 to 1137. These privileges were firmly established when the Roskilde City Council granted market town status to other towns on Zealand on 15 June 1268. By that time, it was probably the largest and most important town in Denmark. In 1370, the city owned 2,600 farms throughout Zealand.
The Reformation brought Roskilde's development to an abrupt stop. While the cathedral continued to be the preferred location for the entombment of the Danish monarchs, most of the other religious institutions disappeared. For the next three centuries, the city suffered a series of disasters including the effects of the Dano-Swedish War which terminated with the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, the plague in 1710 and 1711, and a series of fires in 1730. Conditions improved in 1835 when the city became the Assembly of the Estates of the Realm (Rådgivende Stænderforsamling) and in 1847 with the railway connecting Copenhagen and Roskilde.
With the development of the rail network, Roskilde became an important hub for traffic with Copenhagen. In the 1870s and 1880s, the harbour was extended attracting industrial firms to the area. By the end of the century, there were tobacco factories, iron foundries and machine shops. At the beginning of the 20th century, Roskilde first prospered as a satellite community for Copenhagen but then, as ships increased in size, suffered from the fact that the harbour was too small and Roskilde Fjord too shallow for navigation. Industries began to move out of the harbour area but were still the largest source of employment, thanks in part to the spirits factory (De Danske Spritfabrikker) and the slaughterhouse (Roskilde Andelssvineslagteri).
In the 1970s, the city benefited from the Holbæk Motorway which linked it to Copenhagen and the establishment of Roskilde University in 1972. Since the 1980s, the service sector has prospered, replacing manufacturing industry as the major employer (65% by 2002). With the increase in population, several new districts have grown up, including Himmelev and Kongebakken. Some of the surrounding villages such as Svogerslev, Vor Frue, Vindinge and Veddelev have developed as satellite communities.
Roskilde is located in north-central Zealand at the south end of Roskilde Fjord which is itself the south branch of the Isefjord. By road, it is 35.6 kilometres (22.1 mi) west of downtown Copenhagen, 25.8 km (16.0 mi) northwest of Køge and 39.8 kilometres (24.7 mi) northeast of Ringsted. The city centre around the cathedral, 1,300 m (4,300 ft) south of the fjord, is about 40 m (130 ft) above sea level. On the slope down to the harbour, there are a number of springs, the most powerful of which is Maglekilde. The historic centre of the town covers the area around the main streets Skomagergade and Algade including the squares of Stændertorvet and Hestetorvet. Two parks, Byparken and Folkeparken which run down towards the fjord, are immediately north of the old town.
Neighbourhoods in the vicinity include Himmelev, Hyrdehøj, Musicon, Sankt Jørgensbjerg and Trekroner. Boserup Skov, a wood next to Roskidle Fjord 3 km (2 mi) northwest of the city centre, consists mainly of beech trees. In spring, its hilly slopes are covered with wild flowers, including white, blue and yellow anemones. Chaffinches, nightingales and other songbirds can be heard in the early summer. Also of note is the recently planted wooded area of Hyrdehøj Skov, to the south of the stadium and just north of Route 23 in the southern outskirts of Roskilde.
In the 1890s, 37% of Roskilde's economy was in crafts and manufacturing industry with only 15% in administration and services. By 1984, industry had dropped to 16% while services had risen to 57%. In 2002, services had reached 62%, leaving industry at 15% and trade and transport at 22%.
One of the largest employers in Roskilde is BEC (Bankernes EDB Central) who provide IT services to the financial sector. In July 2014, Novo A/S acquired Sonion, producing micro-acoustical components for hearing aids. Top-Toy A/S with up to 200 employees is a major Scandinavian toy importer and retailer based in Tune near Roskilde Airport. DLF-Trifolium A/S, a seed producer for the farming sector, has its headquarters in Roskilde with a workforce of over 50. Rambøll, the international Danish engineering consultancy, has recently concentrated its Zealand operations in Roskilde bringing 60 new jobs to the city.
Among the city's smaller companies are GPI (Glim Plastic Industri) established in 1987 producing plastic piping, Roskilde Galvanisering A/S, one of Denmark's leading galvanization companies, and Mathiesen A/S, a wholesaler of office equipment. Vestergaard Company A/S, an American firm which produces de-icing equipment and washing products for the aviation industry, has offices in Roskilde. The new city district of Musicon has already attracted 29 businesses in the area of culture and the creative arts, providing over 1,000 jobs.
Several food industries have their headquarters or production facilities in Roskilde, including: Chr. Hansen A/S, producing cultures for the dairy industry, DanÆg, eggs, the Scandinavian Pizza Company, and Stryhns, a cold cuts and meat paste producer with over 100 on the payroll.
There are a number of research institutes in the city including Risø, promoting sustainable energy, which is now part of Roskilde University. The research facilities are being extended over an additional 50 ha (120 acres) to cover the clean technology area liable to provide up to 4,000 more jobs. The CAT (Center for Avanceret Teknologi) research park is also part of the university working mainly in the areas of wind energy and biotechnology. In the public sector, the Accident Investigation Board Denmark has its headquarters in Roskilde.
Roskilde is south of Roskilde Inlet with the Viking Museum and some of the accommodation and restaurant options nearby. Central Roskilde is 1 km further south centered around the pedestrian street Algade/Skomagergade and Roskilde Cathedral. The city centre is quite small at around 1 square kilometer bordered by a ring road. The train station is at the southern end of the city centre. Roskilde Festival is 4 km south from the train station along Køgevej.
Prices in Roskilde
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€1.60|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||€9.40|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||€30.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||€46.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||€|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||€7.70|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||€4.50|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€4.50|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||€|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||€|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||€0.11|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||€5.90|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||€|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||€92.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||€40.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||€84.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||€|
Transportation - Get In
From Copenhagen Central Station (København H) it is about a 25 minute trip. Nearly all trains leaving Copenhagen besides those leaving for Elsinore or Sweden stops in Roskilde. Regional trains bound for Odense, Kalundborg or Nykøbing Falster are your best choices.There is also a small branch line with occasional trains to Køge.
Roskilde Airport (IATA: RKE) is Denmark's premier General Aviation facility with planes taking off or landing, every 5 minutes throughout the day. It is also the main base for un- or semi scheduled taxi flights to the Kingdoms more remote islands; Copenhagen Airtaxi offers flights to Samsø, Læsø and Anholt for between 1,000-1,500 Kr, and more or less works as a regular airline, with flights bookable on the company website. Other options include: Samair to Samsø and Starling to Ærø.
Intercity buses to and from Jutland lines 882 to Fjerritslev and 888 to Aarhus/Aalborg, makes stop at the Q8 gas station at Darupvej 2, by the highway. It is quite far from the city center, but there are several bus lines connecting from Roskilde Station, e.g. 600S
Important regional buses includes 600S which runs an arch around Copenhagen proper from Hillerød in the north (Frederiksborg castle) to Hundige Station in the south. 233 runs between Roskilde and Lejre Forsøgscenter, 234 connects with Slagelse and finally 229E and 239 with Frederikssund.
Transportation - Get Around
You can easily walk from the train station to the main square with the cathedral and from there to the Viking Ship Museum.
There are a few local buses running from the train station.
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On Roskilde festival the nearest supermarket is Fakta at Køgevej 108, about 1300 meters (a 15-20 minute walk) due north (past the highway) from the eastern entrance. The downtown area which has a pedestrianized area full of different shops is a further 1½ km away (or 30-40 minutes by foot).
- RO's Torv, Københavnsvej 29 (a few hundred meters east of the station beyond the tracks), . M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. A fairly attractive mall with 90 different stores and a cinema.
- Algade/Skomagergade. Pedestrian street and main shopping street in town.
- Fair Trade Butik Karibu, Sct. Peders Stræde 1, , e-mail:[email protected]. M-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 10AM-3PM. Sells handicrafts from Africa, Asia and Latin America including home accessories, cookware, jewelry, baskets, bags, accessories, toys and paper products.
- Club Skin-Dive, Maglegårdsvej 5C, . Jewelery and giftware.
- Jensens Bøfhus, Skomagergade 38, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. Discount steakhouse in an old building at the main pedestrian street. Reasonably sized dishes but a bit slow service. Too expensive if you do not go for the special offers. Mains 100-200 Kr, menus from around 150 Kr.
- Snekken, Vindeboder 16, . 11:30-23:00; kitchen 11:30-1630, 18:00-21:00. Restaurant at Viking Ship museum with a view over Roskilde Inlet.Mains around 200 Kr.
- MS Sagafjord, at the harbour next to the Viking museum, , e-mail: [email protected]. Old Restaurant ship. You can have lunch, tea or dinner on Roskilde Fjord. 95 Kr plus e.g. 365 Kr for a three course evening menu.
- Restaurant Mumm, Karen Olsdatters Stræde 9, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Mo-Sa 17:30-midnight. Small intimate restaurant with a nice patio. Serves Danish, French and Spanish cuisine. Splurge quality at slightly lower prices. Three course menu 425 Kr.
- Bryggergården, Algade 15, . M-Th 10:30-midnight, F-Sa 10:30AM-1AM, Su noon-11PM. Restaurant in historical building on the middle of the main pedestrian street. Nice outdoor seating for following the life on the busy street. Danish cuisine. Three course menu 265 Kr.
- Restaurant Gusto Giusto, Jernbanegade 19, . Italian gourmet restaurant. The food is better than the service. Mains around 250 Kr.
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Sights & Landmarks
- Roskilde Cathedral (Roskilde Domkirke), , fax:, e-mail:[email protected]. Apr-Sep M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 12:30PM-5PM; Oct-Mar Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12:30PM-4PM, limited access during ceremonies. On UNESCO World Heritage List. This is where Danish kings and queens have been buried for a thousand years, 20 kings and 17 queens lay in the four chapels here. Most impressive are the temple like monuments for King Christian III and his wife. A wooden church was built here in the 10th century, the present church was built in early 13th century. Home to the Cathedral Museum. 60 Kr, students and pensioners 40 Kr, children free, worshipers free.
- Roskilde Former City Hall, Stændertorvet 1. Built in 1884 in Gothic style. Now home to the local tourist information office.
- Roskilde Palace, Stændertorvet 3, . Home to two exhibitions, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palace Wing. A four wing yellow baroque building built in the 18th century. Was home to the king and his family when around.
- Roskilde Station, Jernbanegade 1. The oldest train station in Denmark built in 1847 in connection with opening of the first railway between Copenhagen and Roskilde.
- Historic granite tiles, Skomagergade. 15 granite tiles in the pavement illustrating the history of Roskilde. Was created by sculptor Ole Knudsen in 2009.
- The Giant Jars, Hestetorvet. Three five meter high jars created in 1998 by sculptor Peter Brandes. They symbolise life and dead and were placed here to mark the city's 1,000 year anniversary. One of the jars has inscribed a poem by Henrik Nordbrandt.
Parks and nature
- Boserup Forest (3 km west of Roskiilde, bus 605 from Roskilde Station). Hilly, primarily beech mixed forest. 5 km trekking path.
- Bypark (between Roskilde Cathedral and Roskilde Inlet). Established in 1915 by Roskilde's patron, O.H. Schmeltz. Comprises a playground for children, a snake-like walking path and other areas well suited for a stroll or for hanging around. The park is home to cultural events including summer concerts Tuesdays in July. If you walk from the city centre to the Viking museum, this can be done through the park.
- Folkepark. Consists of a number of combined parks primarily based on former monastery land. Was first established in early 19th century and found its present form in the 1930s. The park is home to cultural events including performances for children at the amphitheater on summer Thursdays.
- Land of Legends Lejre (Sagnlandet Lejre), Slangealleen 2, Lejre (take the train to Lejre station and then bus 233), , e-mail:[email protected]. 2 May-18 Sep Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su 11AM-5PM; also open during Easter and autumn holidays as well as M during mid summer.Theme park with reconstructions of a Iron Age village, a Stone Age camp, a Viking market, a 19th century-farm cottages and more. 125 DKK, children 3-11 85 DKK.
- Ledreborg Palace & Park, Ledreborg Alle 2, Lejre (train from Roskilde to Lejre (seven minutes) and then bus 233 to the palace (only in the summer)), , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Park 11MA-4PM, palace only by appointment. Built 1740-45 by Count Johan Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg and still the family residence. Houses a collection of original furniture and paintings. The baroque park has resently been restored. Houses an open air concert every summer. Park 25 Kr.
Museums & Galleries
- The Viking Ship Museum, Vindeboder 12 (follow the signs from the cathedral), , e-mail: [email protected]. 10AM-5PM. A museum with several original viking ships, a viking research center, a harbour with copies of viking ships, and a shipyard making new ships. 80-115 Kr, students 70-100 Kr, children free.
- Roskilde Museum, Sankt Ols Gade 18, . Local history museum, but well in tune with other attractions, it also has a good collection of viking archaeological finds, some connecting to the sagas about the legendary Beowulf. 25 Kr, retired/students 15 Kr, children free.
- Museum of Tools, Ringstedgade 6. M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Exhibits tools from 1850-1950 used by coach makers, carpenters, joiners, coopers, clog makers and other craftsmen. Free.
- Lützhøfts Old Grocer's Shop, Ringstedgade 8. M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. The shop existed 1892-1979. It has been led back to its appearance around 1920. Here you can buy goods like the ones sold in the 1920s, you can also see the grocer's office, inventory and old magasine buildings. Free.
- O. Lunds Eftf. Butcher's Shop, Ringstedgade 8, . Sa 10AM-2PM, currently closed for refurbishment. Butcher shop as it was in the 1920s.Free.
- Roskilde Mini Town, Skt Ibs Vej (between Byparken and the harbour), e-mail:[email protected]. Always accessible. Model of Roskilde as it might have looked in its heyday around 1400. The model is at scale 1:200 and is around 50 square meters. It was finalised in 1999 but was not inaugurate it its present location until 2005. Free.
- St. Hans Hospital Museum, Kurhusvænge, , e-mail:[email protected]. W 1PM-4PM. The psychiatric hospital was established in 1860 as one of the most modern of its time. The museum shows the history of the hospital. Free.
- The Ruins of Skt. Laurentii (St. Lawrence) Church, Stændertorvet 1, . May-Aug M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 10AM-3PM, Sep-Mar Sa 10AM-1PM.Ruins of a church built in early 12th century. 25 Kr, retired/students 15 Kr, children free.
- The Roskilde Gallery, Maglekildevej 7, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Tu-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-3PM.Both Danish and foreign artists, primarily painters.
- Jeppeart, Skomagergade 33, . M-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Exhibit and sale of Danish crafts within jewelry, glass, ceramics, clothing, knitwear, tissues and painting.
- Gallery Art Corner, Ringstedgade 3C, . , 2124 6475Th-F 11AM-5:30PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Exhibits paintings by Annemette Møbjerg.
- Galleri Working Art, Byvolden 10A, , e-mail:[email protected]. Th-F 1PM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-3PM. Workshop and gallery exhibiting paintings from primarily local painters.
- Galleri NB, Vindeboder 1, , e-mail: [email protected]. W-F noon-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Large gallery established in 1987 exhibiting primarily works of North European artists.
Things to do
- Sail in a viking boat on the fjord (at the viking centre).
- Sagnlandet Lejre, Slangealleen 2, 4320 Lejre (Bus 233 from Roskilde station), , e-mail: [email protected]. Become a viking for a day, in this spectacular hands on history museum.
- Capella Play, Ro's Torv 51A, , e-mail:[email protected]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Indoor playground best suited for children of 2-8 years. Also a café with limited and mediocre food. 1 hour 60 Kr, adults 25 Kr.
- Roskilde Golf Klub, Margrethehåbsvej 116, , e-mail:[email protected]. 18-hole course open for guests from other golf clubs with a handicap of no more than 34.0. 9-hole course open for all. Green fee 150-350 Kr.
- The Path of the Gods (Gudernes Stræde) (from Roskilde most easily accessed by train to Lejre and five minutes walk east), e-mail:[email protected]. 64 km marked path on asphalt, soil and grass. All of the path can be walked and most is also fine for bikes. The path connects Køge Bay near Karslunde Beach with Ise Inlet near Kirke Hyllinge. A large part of the path is in Roskilde Municipality. A great way to experience the local nature and culture.
Festivals and events
The legendary Roskilde Festival is still going strong despite over 40 years of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll! started by a group of friends in 1971 inspired by the Woodstock festival, it has grown from a few thousand guests in its first year, to over 115,000 visitors from all over the world, and is routinely sold out with over half the tickets sold outside of Denmark.
The festival takes place in late June, early July on Roskilde Dyreskueplads south of the city. To Get in there are several options; from Monday-Sunday during the festival trains depart from Roskilde Station to the festivals very own station inside the camping area (West) every 30 minutes for 20 kroner. There are also shuttle buses from Roskilde Station to the camping area (East) all day during the festival. When arriving at the festival you exchange your ticket for an armband/bracelet which gives you access to both the camping area, and the stage area.
Many people show up a week before the music starts to get their tents up so they can sleep close to the stage area, and limit walking as much as possible as the camping area is huge! A good tip is securing a place as far from trees and fences as possible, since they in essence become one big urinal during the festival. If rain is forecast, you should also attempt to camp as far from the marked walkways, preferably on a slope, since mud quickly becomes and issue.
On the camping grounds there are several service areas with food stalls and supermarkets to stock up with eat & drink, some also have first aid, toilets and showers. Inside the stage area there are also many, many restaurants and bars - most of them with a theme, and some of them are really huge and elaborate. There are also many shops where you can buy necessities and other rubbish.
Music is playing from Thursday - Sunday and are usually varied, with some international headline acts, and much experimental and indie music and the smaller stages.
- Gustav Wieds Vinstue, Hersegade 11 (in the centre of the city), .Traditional Danish bar, but also has a large selection of foreign and gourmet beers.
- Promenaden, Hestetorvet 4 (next to the train station), .
- Pub Ringstedgade, Ringstedgade 50,. Local place frequented by workers and occasionally by people returning from concerts in the nearby Roskildehallerne.
- Ruder Konge Bodega, Skomagergade 25 (close to the main shopping street), . Large traditional bar frequented by locals. Cheap.
- Teatercafeen, Sankt Hans Gade 24, . In a primarily residential area and primarily frequented by regulars. Has billard and slot machines.
- Carma, Jernbanegade 6.
- Club Moon, Hestetorvet 3, . 11PM-6AM.
- Garbo's, Hersegade 17.
- Mary's, Støden 9, . Combined club and sports café.