Viking Museum Haithabu

The Viking Museum Haithabu is one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany. The museum and the seven reconstructed houses on the historical grounds impressively demonstrate how people used to live here in early medieval times.

On the outskirts of the former Viking trading centre, the exhibition in the Viking Museum Haithabu showcases spectacular archaeological finds, putting them into the historical context of time some 1,000 years ago. Original finds, models and state-of-the-art media make the everyday life of the former inhabitants come alive in the museum.

In the ship hall, visitors can immerse themselves into early medieval life at the seaport, meet the Vikings on the jetty and marvel at the remarkable wreck of a Viking ship that was once the fastest vessel on the Baltic Sea. The legendary Boat Chamber Grave provides insights into the abundant grave furnishings of a powerful warlord. The exhibition texts are available in German, Danish and English.

Viking houses in Hedeby

A beautiful footpath leads right to the centre of the historical grounds, where seven houses and a jetty were reconstructed within the Semicircular Rampart based on original finds. Here visitors can learn how the inhabitants of Hedeby used to live in early medieval times. On narrow plank roads, between clay-plastered wattle-and-daub houses and at the port, they can experience the world of the Vikings with all their senses. A varied event programme comprising demonstrations of old handcrafts and markets revives the world of the Vikings in front of the visitors’ eyes regularly from spring to autumn.

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Danevirke Museum

The Danevirke Museum is situated in the municipality of Dannewerk to the southwest of the town of Schleswig. The museum is located directly at the Main Rampart of the Danevirke at a short distance to the most significant building structures in the history of the fortification.

The museum hosts a permanent exhibition on the Danevirke and provides comprehensive information about the entire World Heritage Site Hedeby and the Danevirke. In addition, the significance of the Danevirke in the Second Schleswig War of 1864 as well as the history of the Danish minority in Schleswig-Holstein from 1864 to the present day are documented in other exhibitions.

The Archaeological Park Danevirke in front of the museum comprises five key archaeological monuments: the Main Rampart of the Danevirke, the Gateway to the North from the Iron Age, the Thyraburg fortification from the Viking Age, Valdemar’s Wall from the High Middle Ages and a reconstruction of Bastion 14 from the 19th century. Here visitors can stroll through 1,500 years of history in the scenic open countryside.

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Hollinghuus Hollingstedt

The name “North Sea Port of Hedeby” excites curiosity about the historical significance of Hollingstedt in the Middle Ages and the Viking Age. In the “Hollinghuus” museum, the results of excavations conducted by the State Archaeology Department are showcased and explained in a permanent exhibition. The adjacent circular hiking trail “Around Hollinghuus” with its ten information boards explains important landmarks in Hollingstedt’s landscape.

City Museum Schleswig

The City Museum Schleswig is one of Schleswig-Holstein’s most traditional museums. Its beginnings date back to 1879.

It is situated in a historical building complex called Günderothschen Hof in Friedrichsberg. On a tour of the former noble palace, visitors can experience 1,200 years of town history – from medieval times, when Schleswig developed to become the most significant port and trading town as Hedeby’s successor, through German-Danish history to the political transformation after the end of World War II.

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