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Roskilde Viking Museum in Denmark

Denmark might not be the first place you think of when you discuss Viking history, but the Vikings were in Copenhagen as early as the 1st century. If you are interested in Vikings, one of the things to do when visiting Copenhagen is to make the trip to the Roskilde Viking Museum.

Located in nearby Roskilde, visitors to the Viking Ship Museum will get to see real Viking ships and artifacts found in Denmark along with recreated ships based on the designs Vikings used.

Roskilde Viking Museum

Roskilde Viking Museum

The Roskilde Viking Ship Museum’s main showcase is the permanent exhibit of Viking ships that were excavated from nearby harbors.

While small, the museum houses some wonderfully preserved Viking ships that give you a chance to see the craftsmanship up close.

The Viking Ship Museum offers two daily guided tours in English. These tours are amazing.

Roskilde Viking Ship Museum

You will get a better understanding of Denmark’s Viking history along with an understanding of how the vessels were actually excavated.

Viking Museum Kid Dress Up Area

If you are bringing kids with you to the Viking ship museum, they love being able to dress up like a Viking and play in the ship like they are going on a real voyage!

Taking Kids to Viking Museum in Denmark

Outside the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum is the boatyard where guests can watch the ancient techniques of building a sail vessel.

Boats at Roskilde

From May to September, you can even sail out on Roskilde Fjord like a Viking on one of the Viking Ship Museum’s traditional Nordic boats.

How to Get to Roskilde?

The easiest way to get to Roskilde from Copenhagen is by train.

From København H (Copenhagen Central Station) you can take a 20-30 minute train ride to Roskilde.

If you have the Copenhagen Card, you get unlimited travel on trains (along with buses, metro and harbor boats) that take you to and from Roskilde.

The Roskilde Viking Ship Museum Opening Hours & Ticket information

Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm

Admission is FREE with Copenhagen Card or between 90-130 DKK depending on season.

If you don’t get the Copenhagen Card, you can purchase your tickets at the door.

Copenhagen Card

Copenhagen Card

Before you head to Denmark, purchase your Copenhagen Card. Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Scandinavia and this card will save you money (as well as time). 

It will not only get you in free to the Viking Museum but many other popular attractions!

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How to get to Roskilde from Copenhagen

Roskilde is a great day trip from Copenhagen.

From København H (Copenhagen Central Station) there are frequent trains to Roskilde.

The journey takes about 30 minutes via train, and then about 10 minutes walk to the museum.

You can also take a guided tour to Roskilde from Copenhagen which will allow you to not only see Viking Museum but also other nearby sites.

Have you visited the Roskilde Viking Museum? What was your favorite part?

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