Haithabu Viking Museum and closed churches
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We expressed interest in visiting a Viking Museum and it turns out this one was open even on Easter Sunday! We drove up to Schleswig - the museum was in the nearby village of Haddeby (pronounced Hahd - ee- boo) across the Schlei (an inlet of the sea) from Schlewig.
On the way there, we stopped at the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal - the canal that connect the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. This canal gets something like 35,000 ships a year and saves about 500 km if they were to go around Denmark. There is a little rest area off the Autobahn with a path down to the bridge and under it, where you can watch the ships. Just standing there I could count 8 ships in a row passing through. Crazy!
Next stop was the Viking Museum (see following review). After the museum we went into Schleswig to the big church - St. Petri Dom. Unfortunately the church closed at 4 pm and it was 4:10 pm. Bummer! So we just walked around the outside and marveled at how big it is. Michele learned a new word today - geschlossen. As in "alle kirchen sind geschlossen".
On the way home, we stopped in one of my ancestral villages - Gettdorf - and stopped at the church in town. It, too, was closed, but I loved the door handle. Look close! It is a whale swallowing a man! As a door handle! Cool!