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. 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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  • I enjoyed our visit to the outdoor Viking village, but the museum is closed this year. The ticket office had brochures in English, so we were able to read about each of the buildings in the village. T...  more »
  • 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 »
  • I had previous knowledge about the viking world and the German mythology, so for me it was so interesting to see live what I had only read in books or had seen in documentaries. I liked the "history" ...  more »
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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.
  • What was I looking forward. And then... until 2018 site. It was therefore only a nice walk. The site is otherwise generously. I would have imagined the settlement larger. Somehow, it was dead-HO. The time may be owed. I don't know. Website and many glossy brochures, we would have expected more.
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  • Unfortunately, the Museum is still April 2018 during the renovation phase. Thus, you could see only the replicas, these consist only of a few buildings. In addition, a larger tent to the intuition of the excavations is on the premises. Very interesting. Parking is free of charge. The entrance fee is fair. Adult 4, family 11, children up sword size free and students 3. Up on the long renovation of over 18 months for the Museum, we were otherwise excited. We were lucky that we could see a glimpse of the life of the Vikings also live. Artisans, as well as all kinds of were shown, against more or less expensive silver coins the one or other memorabilia can be purchased. We recommend to choose the morning time.
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  • Unique and very beautiful terrain. Approx. 2 hours you should schedule. Unfortunately, the Museum was closed, because it is currently being renovated. The location on the Lake and the replicas of the houses is very impressive. Parking is free of charge.
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