Denmark Instagrammed: Roskilde Festival and beyond

If you're considering a day trip out of Copenhagen, or even a few days in the countryside around the capital, then head west towards Roskilde. As well as Denmark's old capital, home of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Roskilde Cathedral, and Roskilde Festival, this part of Denmark is rich in historic sites and relaxed open countryside to explore. Local Simon Larsen captures the region on Instagram and has shared some of his highlights with you here.

1. #RoskildeFestival

'Growing up in the Roskilde area the Roskilde Festival has kind of been part of my life since a very early age. Every year I go and I find the vibe extremely addictive. A summer tradition not to be missed.'


2. #DanishNature: Denmark's longest avenue


Woke up early today to explore the colourful streets of Copenhagen! #VisitDenmark #InCopenhagen

A photo posted by tschang (@tschang) onOct 18, 2015 at 9:25am PDT


'One day driving home from work I noticed a special light as the sun was setting. It was in the early spring and the leaves on the trees had a beautiful light green color. The longest avenue in Denmark is part of my daily route and I pulled over to shoot a picture of the sun coming through the leaves.' Ledreborg Alle is the route up to Ledreborg Palace and Land of Legends.

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Simon Larsen @simonlarsen

Simon Larsen 

Simon Larsen lives in a small village called Lejre. He grew up in this part of West Zealand and later moved to nearby Roskilde. Simon commutes to Copenhagen during the week but on weekends, he likes exploring the sights and nature of his home region. Follow @simonlarsen for a taste of life in the Copenhagen countryside.


How to get to West Zealand

Take the train half an hour from Copenhagen to start exploring from Roskilde, or hire a car to head out into the West Zealand region!

Historical and Cultural Highlights Near Roskilde

Head out along Zealand's West Coast and Denmark's Viking heartlands from the historical city of Roskilde.

Make time for West Zealand