Viking Museum Haithabu (Wikinger Museum), Schleswig

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History Museum
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. Our Schleswig trip generator makes visiting Viking Museum Haithabu (Wikinger Museum) and other Schleswig attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Unfortunately, we came this year and even the Museum has closed until next year in april. But the outdoor living Hedeby was nice and with lots to see. Unfortunately existed all text in this area solely in German so there must be some good to this
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  • Always amazed to see the stereotypical high walled fjord in the Viking series currently in tv when they mention Hedeby. The real place, the largest North European city in 800s, can be visited in Schle...  more »
  • a great feeling indeed grounds to go where the Vikings have settled in earlier... The accompanying Museum is very nice and super interesting...
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  • Very interesting!
  • 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.
  • In the land of the Vikings. Here you will see the old days. A modern museum with beautiful artefacts. Next door a taste-full place. This continues in the reconstructed village behind the wall. Always run several related events. It is well worth a look.
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  • Unfortunately much too overpriced offer! During the construction phase only the open-air museum is open until April 2018! Presentation has disappointed me. Children have bored. Great idea of the snoring Vikings... Excavations were closed!
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  • Very successful Museum. There is a covered area with artefacts and replicas from Haithabu and an open-air museum. Between these places a short walk is required. The prices are very fair. It is worth to rent an audio guide for a small fee. For this purpose, an identity card as a deposit will be required. Suitable for children from the age of four.
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