Wikinger Musuem Haithabu
Wikinger Musuem Haithabu Haddeby Reviews
Viking Museum and Village Mar 23, 2008
The Viking Museum in Haddeby houses a collection of artifacts that were found in excavations of the nearby Haithabu Viking settlement. This settlement was southernmost Viking settlement. The Vikings came up the Schlei (inlet) from the Baltic Sea and then came into the Haddeybyer Noor (lake) to the settlement. From there they had a 15 km overland portage to a nearby river that flows west and out into the North Sea. This is the furthest south Viking settlement. The village itself was surrounded by a stone wall that encircles the village and butts up to the lake, protecting the settlement from enemies. The wall is overgrown with grass and is mostly intact today.
The exhibits were in German but they were still very interesting. There were displays on different aspects of Viking life - including clothing, building construction, jewelry, combs, money, pottery, even some rune stones with ancient inscriptions. There were also lots of maps. The ruins of a Viking ship were found submerged in the lake and have been pieced back together (as much as possible).
After the indoor displays, which included pieces of a ship, we walked about a kilometer over to the Viking village. Several structures in the village have been recreated - most are homes. Some have fire pits and furs hanging. During tourist season (which is not Easter), several locals reinact Viking life.
The cost was only 4 Euro for adults.
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