Viking Museum Haithabu (Wikinger Museum), Schleswig

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If you've been wondering what life was like in the age of Vikings, Viking Museum Haithabu (Wikinger Museum) offers a glimpse. The museum displays a host of Viking artifacts, including part of a sunken Viking ship. Walk along a woodland trail to reach a reconstructed village and experience how its inhabitants would have lived. The houses are adorned with pottery, tables, furs, and textiles. During the summer, you sometimes can catch a ride on a reconstructed Viking ship. Year-round, the museum offers craft demonstrations, such glass bead-making, weaving, archery, and bread-making. Many of the activities allow visitor participation. Put Viking Museum Haithabu (Wikinger Museum) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Schleswig online trip planner .
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  • In spite of the fact that the Museum is under reconstruction so it is worth a walk. There are fine plates placed on the area which explains how here once looked. But-after the rebuilding limitations does much and unfortunately was viking houses also closed until end March 2018.
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  • a day trip with the whole family! All have learned something from our Viking culture. Very enjoyable trip.
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  • Unfortunately, during our visit to the Museum was temporarily closed so that there is very limited information to get on the field and the tours you can walk on the paths. At the rebuilt houses, we were given a small booklet on the houses, but apart from that there were no additional info to find. We really came to see the rune stones. We manage to find information about them on the Internet and was later seen the stones, but unfortunately not the originals as they stand on the temporary closed museum. The site is still worth a visit when you get a good feel for life in the Viking age in one of the most important places in the history of Danish.
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  • Closed by now for renovation until April next year (2018). I know it from the last times... And it is a special place to feel the ancient times. Love it here around.
  • It would have been MUCH nicer to have seen the descriptions in Dansk. After all it is not the German history it is the DANISH history, but when we were there everything was in German. Otherwise I would have given 5 stars.
  • Unfortunately it was closed.
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  • I am thrilled to write the first review for this significant site in English! This entire area is profound to experience if you are interested in early Viking history. Although it currently stands in Germany, this area was the southern March (or Mark) of Viking territory and the Danish defensive border for 1300 years. On this spot stood the largest Viking town/city, Hedeby (which is spelled in various ways: in German, it is Haithabu. if you search on Google maps, Google will give you the wrong Hedeby in Western Denmark), which controlled land and oceangoing trade in the area. The "Great Wall of Europe" (as I call it) ran west from Hedeby to protect the Danes from various German and Slavic peoples. Although not nearly as long or impressive as Hadrian's Wall, the Dannewerk wall served its purpose very well with improvements (earthwork -> brick -> stone) and kept the Germans and Slavs out. Hedeby itself was eventually ruined by a Norse raid of fire ships (by none other than Hardrada!) and ultimately destroyed by a Slavic attack, but the wall stood and the inhabitants simply moved across the pond to found nearby Schleswig which you'll see across the water. The Germans did not get this area until the Prussians acquired it in the 1860s. There is another museum nearby (the Danevirke Museum in Kleindannewerk just 7 km away) about the wall and the Danish people which I would recommend, and I would also recommend walking around to see the remnants of the wall.
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