Haithabu Viking Museum and closed churches

Schleswig Travel Blog

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Woo hoo! Crusin' on the Autobahn!

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! 

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Woo hoo!  Crusin on the Autobahn!
Woo hoo! Crusin' on the Autobahn!
Ships on Nord-Ost-See Canal
Ships on Nord-Ost-See Canal
Bridge over Nord-Ost-See Canal
Bridge over Nord-Ost-See Canal
Shipping channel
Shipping channel
Haithabu site map
Haithabu site map
Viking pottery
Viking pottery
bone combs
bone combs
Rune Stone
Rune Stone
Michele by Viking boat
Michele by Viking boat
Marshy area
Marshy area
Haithabu village
Haithabu village
Haddebyer Noor from viking home
Haddebyer Noor from viking home
Cooking hearth
Cooking hearth
me in Haithabu Viking window
me in Haithabu Viking window
fenceline from Viking door
fenceline from Viking door
St Petri Dom from across water
St Petri Dom from across water
Dom in Schleswig
Dom in Schleswig
St Petri Dom
St Petri Dom
Church door handle in Gettdorf (my…
Church door handle in Gettdorf (m…
me by my ancestral village church …
me by my ancestral village church…
Schleswig
photo by: cvanzoen