Roskilde and the Vikings

A breakfast of salmon and yogurt and ready for our trip out of town. At 10 am we are at the central station of Copenhagen, which on the map is called Kobenhavn, and we take the train to Roskilde.

The journey is pleasant, and as for the rest of our trip, we are always amazed by the cleanliness, silence, and punctuality of Danish public transport. It takes 30 minutes to reach the town, which was the capital of Denmark until 1443.

We have studied a sample itinerary. You arrive and set off towards the museum. But no … we are attracted by the three giant amphorae placed in front of the station and by a small door that overlooks a beautiful park. And what will it ever be? Let’s stop for a moment. Let’s take a ride in the park. The open gate invites the excursion, but once inside, we realize we are not in any park, but we are in the city cemetery. Ancient tombs immersed in the most luxuriant greenery and many flowers. Just a walk of a few minutes and we continue towards the real goal of our visit: The Viking Ship Museum.

We are walking in the city center when an ancient red-brick complex attracts us. Even this stop had not been scheduled. But we are too curious and stealthily approaching hoping to be able to take some pictures. A sign in front of the gate indicates “PRIVATE PROPERTY,” but we also see the plaque with the history of the building. This is the Black Friars Monastery – a monastery founded in 1231 by Dominican monks but abolished in 1669 when it became a home for unmarried royal women. Unfortunately, the building cannot be visited, but the Foundation is still active today.

We continue our walk, and finally, after about 20 minutes, we are on the sea. The museum is there in front of us. Already outside there are some ships under repair.

Inside, the museum, built-in 1969, houses the remains of five large ships, recovered in 1962 and used by the Vikings in their merchant and war expeditions. There are several films and documentaries available to visitors who want to learn and listen to the history of the Vikings.

The path continues, and we see in the numerous showcases, weapons, and objects of everyday life of the time.

At the end of the path, there is a beautiful area where there are two rebuilt ships, on which it is possible to climb and wear clothes like real Vikings. An attraction not to be missed for the little ones.

We leave the museum with a satisfied appetite, and we held to the open-air market built-in 1997. We enter the Café Knarr, attracted by the handwritten sign, placed at the entrance: “today Viking cutting board.” We are determined to conclude the theme morning, and we certainly cannot let the Viking Plank escape us. So lunch with smoked Halibut with mustard, chicken salad and pork strips on red cap salad and goat cheese. All accompanied with excellent toasted bread and salted butter.

The flavors are intense, this place has kept the ingredients of the time but revisited for the modern kitchen. In the end, we drink a good coffee and head to the Roskilde Cathedral, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Built-in the 12th century and completed 100 years later, this cathedral is majestic, slender and its spiers are the essence of the Gothic style. It is kept so well that it looks like it’s just built. It is one of the most famous churches in the whole of northern Europe and has always been the burial place of the Danish monarchs. Today it is also home to the country’s most famous choir. His fame is such as to attract over 120 thousand tourists a year. Entry is free.

Our trip is almost over, just long enough for the last walk on the street of the center where you can see the town hall and the flower market stalls, before heading back to the station for the return to modernity in Copenhagen.

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