Boserup Skov is a forrest just outside Roskilde and is located east from the Skt. Hans Hospital.
If you enjoy hiking or mountainbiking Boserup is the place to go.
During the war against Sweden in 1650 more than 2000 trees were cut down followed by an expansion in 1700.
Because of it's beautiful location next to Kattinge. it was preserved in 1980. It is one of the countries most 20 visited forrests. In the map there is a yellow marked 5 km hiking trip. It is
In the forrest there is a nature campingsite as well.
It can be reached by car, bike or bus(bus nr. 605 and 607)
The springs around the town have played a great part in it's development. There is a legend that says the origins of the town come from the time of King Ro - he built houses around a spring, and then named the town after himself and the spring.
King Ro = Ro and Spring = kilde so we now have Roskilde!
I am reliably informed that the town used to have 24 springs and wells; although some have disappeared many still remain. The town became famous for it's curative springs and in 1729, Roskilde spring water was taken to the court of King Fredrick IV who was ill. After drinking the water he recovered, and for many years afterwards there were weekly deliveries of Roskilde spring water.
Many springs still remain flowing. The images show the Maglekilde located a short distance from the cathedral. the head of Neptune has some 15,000 litres of spring water running through it each hour.
Located in Byparken.
This is the location of the town ramparts which were built around 1150 - the rampart which was around 10m wide encircled the entire town. Located nearby was a moat which was some 13m wide. The defensive facilities appear to have been in place up until the 18th century when they were demolished and removed.
Situated in Byparken, the church was probably built in the 12th century as a parish church for the clergy of the Cathedral. It was pulled down after the Danish Reformation.
The land around it is protected and beneath the grass is located the medieval town and streets that surround it.
On a nice sunny day I recommend to have a picnic in Boserup skov (forest) - it's just 2 km. in direction north-west.
Catch bus 607 (direction Boserup) from the train station of Roskilde or rent a bike in Roskilde and go towards Sct. Jørgensbjerg and Sct. Hans Hospital. It's a beautiful forest with a lot of beach trees, wild flowers and very nice views to the fjord of Roskilde.
Roskilde has more than 10 natural springs, try going on a "treasure hunt " and you'll be occupied the whole day as you find spring after spring, each with their own little history.
Bpacker's Roskilde page
How about walking into a 5000 year old grave. Øm jettestue is an open gravechamber used for burials and offerings. The place is a bit difficult to get to by public transport, but easily accessible from Roskilde by bike.
There are two information plaques on the site. Most of the information is in danish only, but a summary in english and german is also available.
There is well used pathway from the church down to the Viking Ship Museum which only takes about 5 minutes to walk.
I found some interesting local "art" along the way!