In addition to its internationally recognized tourist attractions and its annual rock festival, Roskilde is popular with shoppers thanks to its two centrally located pedestrian streets complete with restaurants, cafés, and a variety of shops.
Roskilde has a large local hospital which has been expanded and modernized since it was opened in 1855.It is now increasingly active in the research sphere.Although no traces of these buildings have been discovered, in 1997 archaeologists found the remains of Viking ships in the Isefjord, the oldest of which is dated to 1030.At the time, there were also two churches in the area: St Jørgensbjerg, an early stone church, and a wooden church discovered under today's St Ib's Church.the city is a business and educational centre for the region and the 10th largest city in Denmark.
Roskilde is governed by the administrative council of Roskilde Municipality.
In the 1970s, the city benefited from the opening of the university and from the completion of the Holbæk Motorway connecting it to Copenhagen.
Roskilde has the oldest operational railway station in Denmark, with connections across Zealand as well as with Falster, Lolland, and Jutland.
It is not clear when Roskilde became a market town but it was certainly enjoying trading privileges under King Eric II who reigned from 1134 to 1137.
These privileges were firmly established when the Roskilde City Council granted market town status to other towns on Zealand on 15 June 1268.
Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age.