Busdorf: UNESCO Haithabu, colony of vikings
Busdorf: UNESCO Haithabu, colony of vikings ©Ostseefjord Schleswig GmbH (Beate Zoellner)
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The Archeological Border Complex of Hedeby and the Danevirke

The Border Complex in Schleswig-Holstein is regarded as a unique archeological testimonial of the Viking Age. From the 9th until the 11th century, early Medieval Hedeby was one of the most important maritime trading hubs and also one of the first cities in Northern Europe. A semi-circular wall protected the city from attackers. This was connected to the defensive system of Danevirke.

As early as the end of the 1st century, thanks to its favourable geographic location at a narrow point between the Baltic Sea inlet of Schlei and the North Sea, the village of Hedeby had already become an important trading centre of the Viking Age. Visitors to the site today can still witness the remains of buildings, streets and the harbour. The border fortification of Danevirke secured flourishing trade in Hedeby and later also protected the southern border of the Danish kingdom. It originally consisted of just two ramparts, but was continuously expanded over time. Important extensions were added in the 8th century and the Viking Age. The complex defensive system, consisting of ditches, ramparts and walls, was perfectly adapted to the environment and also used the available water as a natural barrier. Some of the remains of both sites can still be viewed today and are part of the "Hedeby-Danevirke" conservation area. In the Hedeby Viking Museum, original finds, models and modern media provide fascinating insights into everyday life in Viking times.

Travel Information & Service

The Hedeby Viking Museum is open daily from 9 am until 5 pm.



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