Denmark's maritime heritage

Maritime heritage

It’s easy to get out onto the water and experience real Danish maritime history for yourself. A number of harbour towns around Denmark have important maritime attractions, festivals and vintage sailing ships to board. Here are some great places to discover Denmark’s history on the high seas.

Maritime Museum

The Danish Maritime Museum

The Danish Maritime Museum (Søfartsmuseet) opened in 2014 right next to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kronborg Castle, Elsinore (Helsingør). Designed by award-winning Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the Maritime Museum of Denmark is an impressive site set in a sunken boat shape underground.

Viking Ship Museum Roskilde

Row in a Viking longboat

At the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, you can play the part of oarsman on a reconstructed Viking ship. At the museum’s heritage boatyard, you can watch and chat to skilled craftspeople and marine archaeologists as they go about their work.

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See real Viking long boats up close!

Longships and legends

Go sailing on a real Viking ship from Roskilde, learn a trick or two from a Viking in combat at the Viking fortress Trelleborg and you may even bump into legendary hero Beowulf in the Land of Legends in Lejre.