Holbæk is a city in Zealand.
Holbæk is the seat of Holbæk Municipality and the second largest city of West Zealand Region with 26,000 inhabitants. The city is situated by Holbæk Inlet, which in turn is connected to the larger Ise Inlet. Holbæk is an important harbour city and a commercial and cultural center for the area.
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.
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  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  line to Nykøbing Sjælland, which covers nearly all of the Odsherred Peninsular.
If you are comming 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  to Kalundborg from Århus 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).
There are ten city busses 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
- Holbæk Museum, Klosterstræde 18, ☎ +45 5943 2353 ([email protected]), . Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. Situated in 13 buildings built in the period 1600-1900, which are attractions in their own right. The museum exhibits local life from the stone age till now as well as temporary exhibitions. 30 DKK.
- Co-operative Village Nyvang (Andelslandsbyen Nyvang), Oldvejen 25, ☎ +45 5943 4030 ([email protected]), . M-Th 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Historical experience center demonstrating the works of the Danish agricultural co-operative movement during second half of 19th century and first half of 20th century. Adults 90 DKK.
- Holbæk Kunstforening Æglageret, Lindevej 6, ☎ +45 5943 0187 ([email protected]), . Tu-F 11MA-5PM, Sa 11AM-2PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Exhibits art within a wide range of media.
- Galleri Juel Verland, Blegstræde 5, ☎ +45 5918 0002, 4063 2785 ([email protected]), . W-Th noon-5:30, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-2PM, first Su each month noon-4PM.
- Galleri Stokholm, Vestergade 4, ☎ +45 5192 8261 ([email protected]), . Tu-F noon-4PM, Sa 11AM-2PM. Exhibits and sells contemporary painting.
- 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.
- 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 , 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.
- Løvenborg Castle (Løvenborg Slot), Løvenborg Allé 30, Regstrup (8km from Holbæk), . Dating back to the 12th century. The castle's park closed for renovation but will be accessible from 2010. Theater plays can be seen now and then.
- Blackfriars' Monastery (Sortebrødreklostret), Klosterstræde 1, ☎ +45 4034 6929, . Access only according to agreement.
- Ugerløse Church (Ugerløse Kirke), Kirkevej 3, Ugerløse (Take bus 13 in the directoin of Slagelse and get off at Ugerløse Skole Stop from where it is a five minutes walk), ☎ +45 5918 8074, .
- Holbæk Castle (Holbæk Slot), .
- Turkish Bath (Tyrkisk Bad), Kalundborgvej 54H, ☎ +45 5940 0868 ([email protected], fax: +45 5943 8594), . M-W noon-7PM, Th noon-8PM, F 10AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Bathing venue combining Scandinavian and Turkish bathing culture. Different kinds of bath and massage available. Entrance 150 DKK (F-Su 200 DKK), massage etc. 325-625 DKK.
- Holbæk Sea Bath (Holbæk Søbad), Kalundborgvej 54H, ☎ +45 2344 9439 ([email protected], fax: +45 5943 9485), . 7 June-30 August 2PM-6PM, during school vacation from noon. Activities include bathing area for smaller children as well as 3-meter-springboard, water slide, water trampoline and climbing wall. Changing rooms, toilet and kiosk available. 40 DKK.
- Musikhuset Elværket, . Music venue.
- Ahlgade. The main shopping street in the city.
- Holbæk Mega Center, Stenhusvej 54C, . Shopping center with 37 shops.
- Restaurant Beijing, Smedelundsgade 22, ☎ +45 5944 4482 ([email protected]), . M-Th 1PM-11PM, F-Su 1PM-midnight. Chinese restaurant. Barbeque buffet 98 DKK (F-Su 198 DKK).
- Tuse Cafeteria & Restaurant, Kalundborgvej 218, ☎ +45 5943 5353, . Danish restaurant. Mains 55-148 DKK.
- Vestersøen, Kirkestræde 4A, ☎ +45 5944 2070 ([email protected], fax: +45 5944 3849), . Su-Th 1PM-10PM, F-Sa 1PM-11PM. Chinese restaurant. Mains 80-118 DKK.
- La Bon Bøfhus, Nygade 7, ☎ +45 5944 0310 ([email protected]), . M-Th noon-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 1PM-10PM. Serves a wide selection of steaks. Three course menu 249 DKK.
- Restaurant Linden, Markedspladsen 9, ☎ +45 5943 0418, .
- Mexico Café & Restaurant, .
- Bryghuse No5, Nygade 5, ☎ +45 5944 2511 ([email protected]), . M-Th noon-10PM, F-Sa noon-late. Danish restaurant. Mains 179-198 DKK.
- SuRi, Havnevej 5 (At the harbour), ☎ +45 5944 0610 ([email protected]), . Mo-Th 11:30AM-3:30PM, 6PM-11PM; Fr-Sa 11:30AM-3:30PM, 6PM-1AM. Brasserie and seafood restaurant. Mains from 215 DKK, five course menu 555 DKK.
- Restaurant Vadestedet, Strandmøllevej 249 (At Holbæk Marina eat of the city center, take bus 111 to Holbæk Sejlklub Stop (15 minutes from Holbæk Railway Station), ☎ +45 5943 7050, . noon-9PM. Danish restaurant. Mains from 90 DKK, most 175-205 DKK.
- Diligencen, Jernbanevej 5.
- Landgreven, Nygade 7, ☎ +45 5943 6043.
- Café Falken, Gammel Ringstedvej 26, ☎ +45 5944 9828.
- Cafe DO IT, Smedelundsgade 22B, ☎ +45 5916 3164 (fax: +45 5916 1161).
- Café Oline, Ahlgade 30G, ☎ +45 5944 3321.
- Café Zehros, Ahlgade 39, ☎ +45 5943 2548.
Clubs and discos
- Holbæk Fjor Camping, .
- Tempelkrogens Camping, .
- Hotel Strandparken, Kalundborgvej 58, ☎ + 45 5943 0616 ([email protected], fax: +45 5943 3276), . Rooms with free internet, minibar, hairdryer and coffee making facilities. Restaurant and meeting facilities available. Doubles 1,145 DKK.
- Jernbanehotellet, Jernbanevej 1, ☎ +45 5943 4106. Restaurant and bar available. Doubles without/with shower 575/675 DKK.
- Hotel Hørby Færgekro, Strandvejen 1, Hørby (From Holbæk Railway Station take bus 116 for 20 minutes to Blåbærstien Stop), ☎ +45 5946 0131 ([email protected]), . Doubles 925 DKK including breakfast.
- Hotel Orø Kro, Bygaden 57, Orø (There is a ferry from Holbæk taking about half an hour).