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Holbæk is a city in Zealand. Holbæk is an important harbour city and a commercial and cultural center for the area.


Holbæk is the seat of Holbæk Municipality and the second largest city of West Zealand Region with 30,000 inhabitants (2022). The city is situated by Holbæk Inlet, which in turn is connected to the larger Ise Inlet.

Holbæk's history dates back to around 1200. The city expanded from around 1300 when the king built a castle here. However, the city has historically not been as important as other major cities in the area and only little from the city's early history has survived until today.

Get in[edit]

The nearest airport is Copenhagen, and there is highway all the way from the capital (route 21)

Holbæk is a major stop on the Copenhagen-Kalundborg railway line [1] running nearly in a straight line west over Zealand with departures once or twice per hour during most of the day. It takes around 50 minutes from Copenhagen and Kalundborg, and around 30 minutes from Roskilde. Holbæk station is the interchange to the private Regionstog's[dead link] line to Nykøbing Sjælland, which covers nearly all of the Odsherred Peninsular.

If you are coming from West Denmark change to bus 13 in Slagelse (Intercity trains), it takes around an hour, the bus continues to Nykøbing Sjælland and gets there a bit faster than the train. Another option is catching the ferry [2] to Kalundborg from Aarhus and catch a train from there. Most of the Abildskou intercity buses between Copenhagen and Jutland stops at the Q8 gas station in Tuse (Kalundborgvej 220).

Get around[edit]

There are ten city buses all running from Holbæk Railway Station, most of them running once an hour but a few of them running two or three times every hour.

For taxis call +45 5943 4343.


Museums and galleries[edit]

The garden inside Holbæk Museum
  • 1 Holbæk Museum, Klosterstræde 18, +45 5943 2353, . Tu-F 10:00-16:00, Su 12:00-16:00. Its 13 buildings built in the period 1600-1900 are attractions in their own right. The museum exhibits local life from the stone age till now as well as temporary exhibitions. 30 kr.
Blacksmith shoing horse in Nyvang


  • 6 Kalve Bog (Kalvemosen), Kalvemosevej (take bus 102 or 106 to Bødkervej Stop). Nature area with marked routes with paths and bridges enabling you to get through the bog with dry shoes.
  • 7 Ladegårds Woods (Ladegårdsskovene). Consist of four adjoining green areas, Lunden, Knudsskov, Haveskoven and Torbenlund Skov, stretching from close to the city center to the soutwestern boundery of the city. The woods are home to deer, aurochs, boar and other. Naturskolen [formerly dead link], which is a school offering education to the primary schools in the area, is also situated here, and the school runs parts of Ladegårds Woods.
  • Magle Lake (Maglesø).

Historical sights[edit]

  • 8 Løvenborg Castle (Løvenborg Slot), Løvenborg Allé 30, Regstrup (8 km from Holbæk). The garden is open 9 April to 24 October: Sa-M and public holidays 08:00-17:00. Dating back to the 12th century. Theatre plays can be seen now and then.
  • 9 Blackfriars' Monastery (Sortebrødreklostret), Klosterstræde 1, +45 4034 6929. Access only according to agreement.
  • 10 Ugerløse Church (Ugerløse Kirke), Kirkevej 3, Ugerløse (take bus 13 in the direction of Slagelse and get off at Ugerløse Skole Stop from where it is a 5-minute walk), +45 5918 8074.
  • Holbæk Castle (Holbæk Slot).



  • 1 Ahlgade. The main shopping street in the city.
  • 2 [dead link] Holbæk Mega Center, Stenhusvej 54C. Shopping centre with 37 shops.



  • 1 Restaurant Beijing, Smedelundsgade 22, +45 5944 4482, . M-Th 12:00-23:00, F-Su 13:00-00:00. Chinese restaurant. Barbeque buffet 98 kr (F-Su 198 kr).
  • 2 Vestersøen, Kirkestræde 4A, +45 5944 2070, fax: +45 5944 3849, . Su-Th 13:00-22:00, F Sa 13:00-23:00. Chinese restaurant. Mains 80-118 kr.



  • 7 Bryghuse No5, Nygade 5, +45 5944 2511, . M-Th 13:00-22:00, F Sa 12:00-late. Danish restaurant. Mains 179-198 kr.
  • 8 SuRi, Havnevej 5 (at the harbour), +45 5944 0610, . M-Sa 11:30-15:00, 17:30-21:00. Brasserie and seafood restaurant. Mains from 215 kr, 5-course menu 555 kr.
  • 9 Restaurant Vadestedet, Strandmøllevej 249 (at Holbæk Marina east of the city centre, take bus 111 to Holbæk Sejlklub Stop (15 minutes from Holbæk Railway Station), +45 5943 7050. 12:00-21:00. Danish restaurant at the marina. Mains from 90 kr, most 175-205 kr.




  • 4 Cafe DO IT, Smedelundsgade 22B, +45 5916 3164, fax: +45 5916 1161.
  • 5 Café Oline, Ahlgade 30G, +45 5944 3321.

Clubs and discos[edit]



Go next[edit]

  • 1 Hornsherred (pass the Munkholm bridge east of Holbæk). Enjoy the unspoiled nature

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