Næstved is the fourth largest town in Zealand and is located only 40 minutes by train form Copenhagen. The city of Næstved has today approximately 45,000 inhabitants.
Næstved has roots as far back as 400-500 BC. Archaeological material from this period has been found in the soil under Næstved, and tells of human life here before long before the Viking era. Its location by the water has made the town attractive for trade and commerce dating back as far as the 12th century, hence making Næstved one of the oldest cities in Denmark. Evidence of Næstved’s old history can be found in and around the town center, which offers many interesting sites to explore.
Sports, entertainment, fun and leisure
Over the last 10 years, Næstved has developed into a vibrant and lively city known for its shopping centers and an attractive town environment full of specialist shops and cafés. Market days are still held here, and every year the town center holds its own “City Night”, when the shops stay open late until 10pm.
Næstved is also the cultural center of the Southern Zealand-region, with various museums, concert-venues, theatres and exhibitions of all kinds during the year. “Grønnegades Kaserne” Cultural Centre was opened in the center of the city in 2002 in what used to be military barracks. Denmark’s top artists perform here, along with various names from abroad. In recent years, various theatres have emerged in Næstved, culminating with the creation of an “Egns Teater” – a local theatre – in 2006. Performances by talented local artists add to Næstved’s position as a cultural stronghold on Zealand outside Copenhagen. “Studenternes Hus” downtown (House of Students) is also a widely known and frequently used venue for local and national acts, as well as mid-range artistes from abroad. Cheap entry fees and a relaxed atmosphere attract a young crowd.
Næstved and the surrounding area offer a wide variety of attractions for all ages. The Suså River is Denmark’s third longest river and flows through the city – surrounded on both sides by a large forest. The area is a popular place to visit and is located close to Herlufholm, a converted old monastery housing one of Scandinavia’s most renowned boarding schools. Næstved has in recent years also become home to Bon-Bon land, an amusement park just 10 minutes from the city center. The park is one of the most visited sights in all of Denmark today.
Næstved has a wide variety of sports and physical activities. So whether you fancy bowling, handball, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, fitness, sailing, golf, tennis, camping or paintball – Næstved has it all.