Denmark’s Viking heritage centres and markets are popular attractions where history is brought back to life and there is fun for all the family. Here, families can taste Viking food and watch craftspeople and warriors in action. Viking heritage centres in Denmark bring age-old crafts and traditions back to life. All across Denmark you can walk in the footsteps of Vikings. See a list of the Viking highlights below and prepare to be immersed in history.
Land of Legends
Prehistoric settlements and Viking heritage at the Land of Legends brings history back to life with recreated Stone Age, Iron Age and Viking Age settlements surrounded by prehistoric pastures. The open-air museum features markets, living workshops with costumed craftspeople and this year you can enjoy a unique chance to taste real Viking food. An engaging place for children to learn about life in the age of the Flintstones, and only 45 minutes from Copenhagen.
Sail like a Viking at The Viking Ship Museum
Five authentic Viking ships are exhibited at this museum in Roskilde, which also features a museum boatyard where clinker-built ships are reconstructed using original crafts. There are hands-on activities and living workshops, and you can try your skills as a Viking oarsman on daily sailing trips (1st May – 30th September) on-board reconstructed Vikings ships. This year the museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the five Viking ships with special exhibitions.
A festival will also be held (28th-29th July 2012) in honour of the Sea Stallion from Glendalough, a reconstructed Viking longship – the world’s largest – that successfully crossed the sea to Ireland in 2007. This must-see is only a 30 minute drive from Copenhagen.
UNESCO World Heritage
1,000 years ago the Viking kings Harald Bluetooth and Gorm the Old erected two rune stones in the town of Jelling to mark the birth of the nation. These rune stones, two royal barrows and Jelling Church, Denmark’s oldest, now enjoy UNESCO World Heritage patronage.
In recent years, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a giant stockade and scores of Viking longhouses in the area – a fortified town! Visitors can enjoy free admission to the Royal Jelling Visitors’ Centre. And a Viking market is held from 7th-8th July 2012. Copenhagen has public transport links which serve this UNESCO site.
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