The Vessels at Holmen
The Submarine Saelen, Guided Missile Boat Sehested and Frigate Peder Skram
Get close to history on board three naval icons from the Cold War. The vessels stand as if they had just been taken out of service, and are open to visitors in the summer and autumn holidays.
In the submarine Saelen the smell of diesel still lingers and the coffee pot still hangs from the ceiling, Sehested is rigged as if it was to sail into battle tomorrow, and the frigate Peder Skram, once the largest warship of the Danish navy, is still an impressive sight. All three vessels were among the most powerful weapons Denmark had to defend its territory during the Cold War.
Denmark purchased the submarine Saelen during the Cold War, and it is the only Danish submarine to have been active in a warzone – during the Iraq War in 2003. Come on board and experience the psychological stamina and steady disposition it takes to serve on a submarine. The 24-strong crew could easily be confined to the limited space on board for as long as three weeks at a time.
During the Cold War, Sehested was considered to be one of the most formidable warships in the world. Armed to the teeth, it formed NATO’s frontline against the Warsaw Pact. Both the British and the Americans wanted to copy its design, but Denmark stood its ground and safeguarded the blueprints of their ‘secret’ weapon. Experience what daily life was like on board, and hear about the history of the vessels and the period when they were in active service.
Saelen and Sehested are close to the frigate Peder Skram (external link), which you can also visit. This eminent example of Danish shipbuilding and the commando ship of Danish defence during the Cold War, has been preserved together with the submarine Saelen and guided missile boat Sehested as a living museum of the Cold War. "The clenched fist of Denmark to the east" could boast record speeds of 33 knots (60 km/h), and an impressive arsenal of arms including cannons, torpedoes, missiles and depth charges.
The frigate Peder Skram is owned by The Peder Skram Foundation, which collaborates with The National Museum of Denmark to provide a joint ticket granting entry to all three vessels.
Opening hours and admission
Joint ticket for all three vessels
Adult DKK 110
Pensioner/student DKK 90
Under 18 DKK 65
Child under 5 is free
Joint ticket for the submarine and the torpedo missile boat
Adult DKK 70
Under 18 DKK 45
Child under 5 is free
Tickets are sold next to the vessel Peder Skram