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Copenhagen, Roskilde, & Zealand

          Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city in all senses, is at once lively, lovely, laid-back, and luxurious. With one of the world's highest standards of living, one in three Danes lives in greater Copenhagen. Its wealth and commitment to social planning have placed Copenhagen among the world's most livable and environmentally responsible urban areas. The city is served by a modern rail, bus, and metro network, taking much commuter pressure off the city's roadways. Despite its cool, wet, Scandinavian climate, one-third of Copenhagen's workers commute to work by bicycle. Free bikes and dedicated cycleways invite visitors to explore Copenhagen on two wheels. And there is much to see in this royal city packed with parks and palaces, pedestrian zones, playgrounds, and posh restaurants.
          Outside of Copenhagen comfortable day-trips by car or rail put the folk history and modern, groundbreaking culture of Denmark's largest island, Zealand within easy reach: Viking festivals, Hamlet's Castle, mid-summer parades, glittering city shopping malls, and thatched-roof restaurants.

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Landmark Attractions in Copenhagen: Colorful Nyhavn harbor with its trendy shops and cafés; Canal boat tours ply the harbor so clean it's swimmable; the iconic Little Mermaid statue; the 17th century Round Tower astronomic observatory; the futuristic Tycho Brahe Planetarium; the 18th century Amalienborg Palace, home of Danish Royal Family; Christiansborg Palace, the Danish governmental center; Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square); Tivoli Gardens, the world's (& Denmark's) second oldest amusement park; mile-long Strøget, Europe's biggest pedestrian street 

Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish Royal Family in Copenhagen. Photo Nicolai Perjesi © VisitDenmark.
AMALIENBORG PALACE, THE HOME OF THE
DANISH ROYAL FAMILY IN COPENHAGEN.

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with over 1 million square feet of shopping;

 

The Royal Danish Theater and The Royal Danish Ballet; numerous museums, especially the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum (free admission Sundays) and the National Museum of Denmark (free admission everyday); and the 17th century renaissance Rosenborg Castle and its broad, landscaped park, Kongens Have Gardens.

 


12th century Roskilde cathedral,
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Roskilde & Zealand
Attractions in Roskilde:
Roskilde — the medieval capital of Denmark — is a historic Zealand town 30 minutes west of Copenhagen with numerous attractions, especially 12th century Roskilde Cathedral, (site of Danish coronations and 1,000 years of royal tombs; now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the important Viking Ship Museum, where much scientific research into the Viking Age is carried out.
      A few minutes west of Roskilde is the elegant 18th century
Ledreborg Palace, open daily to visitors despite still being occupied

 

by the same family that built it in the

1750's. Just beyond the palace's grounds is the Land of Legends (Sagnlandet Lejre) an archeological theme park/research center that studies Danish life during the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Viking Age, and the 19th century. More Information.

Attractions elsewhere in Eastern Denmark: Castles and palaces dot Zealand. Among the more important are the former royal Frederiksborg Palace (now Denmark's Museum of National History) at Hillerød, and Kronborg Castle (Shakespeare's Hamlet's "Elsinore", now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Helsingør on Zealand's northeastern coast. Both are reachable as easy day-trips by car or rail from Copenhagen. Other museums (like the Medieval Center on the island of Lolland), grand houses, quaint villages, fishing villages, pretty farms, dramatic sea cliffs (like the remarkable Møns Klint on the east coast of Møn island), and challenging golf

Knight at Medieval Center on the island of Lolland. Photo Cees van Roeden © VisitDenmark.
KNIGHT AT THE MEDIEVAL CENTER,
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courses are scattered throughout Zealand

 

 

and the smaller neighboring islands of

Home At First's elegant small hotel in Roskilde, Zealand, Eastern Denmark.
Home At First's elegant small hotel in
Roskilde, Zealand, Eastern Denmark.

Eastern Denmark.

 

Our Lodgings: Ideally located hotels close to Nyhavn and the Kongens Nytorv metro stop in central Copenhagen and in the center of pretty Roskilde. All are close to transportation, shops, restaurants and services. Home At First's hotel in central Roskilde fronts the main street pedestrian mall and is a short walk from Roskilde Cathedral, the Viking Ship Museum, and the train station. Guests without cars can stay in Copenhagen or Roskilde and take advantage of excellent public transportation.

 

 

Getting to/from the Region: International Flights to/from Copenhagen Airport; by Rental Car or Train via the Øresund Bridge connecting Zealand (at Copenhagen) with southern SWEDEN, and via the Great Belt Bridge connecting Zealand with Funen (CENTRAL DENMARK).

  

Getting around Roskilde: Roskilde, despite being Zealand's second largest municipality, is both small and walkable. Frequent train service connects Roskilde with Copenhagen (20 minutes) and the Copenhagen Airport (30 minutes). Visitors coming to Roskilde by car can use their rental cars to tour the region. But we recommend using the rail


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system to travel in and out of Copenhagen

 

 

from Roskilde.


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Getting around Copenhagen: Central Copenhagen is very walkable, but getting to other parts of the city will require visitors to use its subway, buses, and trams. Copenhagen streets are narrow and convoluted, and there is minimal parking. We do not recommend that guests use their rental cars in Copenhagen. However, by using the expanding lines of Copenhagen's rail and metro systems, the CityBike free bike rental system (usable inside the city core only), and the innovative water bus/taxi system, Copenhagen is easily explored without needing a car.

 

 

Getting around outside of Copenhagen: Visitors can tour parts of the region by rail, bus, and boat, but because scheduled services are relatively infrequent these are best for specific sightseeing trips only. Except for those destinations served by Danish Rail, excursions outside of Copenhagen are better reached by rental car, permitting far greater flexibility and independence for touring the Danish countryside — especially for those wanting to stop and enjoy the scenery, and explore small, out-of-the-way places. Those wishing to travel by public transportation only will be happy to know that Copenhagen International Airport is connected conveniently to Home At First's lodging sites

The forecourt of Roskilde train station is usually parked full of bicycles and three immense pieces of art pottery. Photo © Home At First.
The forecourt of Roskilde train
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 of bicycles and three immense
pieces of art pottery.

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