From Thursday, 13th of July, until Sunday, 16th of July, viking craftsmen and merchants are coming back to the former trade metropolis at the Schlei fjord. Viking age crafts and trading goods are crucial elements of our market days.
Our reenactors, craftmen and goods come from all over Europe, from high Scandinavia to the deep Baltic region. Authentic crafts in authentic atmosphere, this is the goal of the summermarket in Germany‘s only viking museum.
Meet the vikings – here in Hedeby, where they lived, worked and traded their goods 1000 years ago. Let them take you back into times, where crafts and trading had its high times, and where skills were needed, that today hardly anybody knows.
From precious jewellery to fine fur, all those things from many countries and cultures are going to be traded or produced on the market.
Many finds from the viking age are definitely not from this region. They were traded to our coasts, and this is the way we do it nowadays as well.
Find out how a nail is produced, a bed is built, which weapons and armor the vikings carried. There is so much to discover on the market.
The smell of the blacksmith‘s fire wafts through the area, people are weaving, dyeing, sewing, making iron, building chains, doing woodturning, carving; Shoes are sewn and stone is worked, Bows are built and nets are formed – here craft is given a new life! Authentic goods are made with authentic tools and materials.
And you can learn some of those skills! We offer workshops again!
You are not only producing a piece of viking craft, you take your knowledge and your new skills home with you.
Our Workshops are aimed for adults and take place daily at 3pm. Please meet the workshop manager at 3pm at the viking-meetingpoint on the marketfield. They come to pick you up there. There is not registration ahead, if you want to do it, be there.
Don't worry, there are a lot of kids activities also, from archery to casting a thorshammer.
Nets were used for several purposes, for transport or fishing. Instructor Max will show you which nets were used for the different applications. You will learn different knots to start your own project. Everything is possible! From a shopping net to a hammock, the historical tehniques fit well into modern times!
Appx 50 min, 10,00 Euro p.P.
The basics of Sprang
A historical handicraft that produces extremely elastic fabric looking very much like a fishernet. But it is entirely done by twisting warp threads on a small frame.
We build ourselves a little frame and learn how to fiddle the threads needed on to it. Then we twist our fingers and our brains to basic rows to produce our very first little bag. Frame & wool is thought to be taken home for further experiences in soothing yourself with wool.
Appx. 1 hour, 7,00 Euro p.P.
Viking age silver ring
Thick silver wire was often used to produce jewellery during the viking age. Whether turned or braided, bracelets, necklaces or rings, everything apperared in silver. With authentic tools you will make your own viking ring.
Appx 30 - 50 min, 10,00 Euro p.P.
Chains from bronze were importatn accessoires in viking age clothing, they were used to attach every day items like keys, hygiene sets, knives or other jewellerey to belts or brooches. During the workshop you will produce a small viking age chain from bronze wire. Depending on the length of the chain, it will be a neck or a wrist bracelet. A locking can be produced optionally.
Appx 1 hour, 10,00 Euro p.P.
Viking age braiding techniques
Braided bands have not only been been an important accessoire on textiles during the viking age. They were used for many different purposes. You will learn different authentic techniques to produce decorative bands even for modern use.
Appx 45 - 60 min, 5,00 Euro p.P.
Furthermore we offer Spinning with a drop spindle and Making an everyday knife.
Both of these workshops do not take place at an appointed time. Please find the spinner and the knife smith to make an appointment.
For your information: The viking museum is closed for renovation. The market is around the viking houses, as always and the entrance fee is lowered. And as special you can watch an excavation close to the market area. After 80 years they have started this excavation again and it will be going on until the museum reopen 2018.
Follow the excavation (only available in german) on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AusgrabungHaithabu2017
The viking museum Haithabu is located about four kilometer southeast of the the Schloss Gottorf in the village of Busdorf, part Haddeby.
Arrival by car:
For your navigation system please use the following adress: Am Haddebyer Noor 5, 24866 Busdorf, Germany
Autobahn A7 Hamburg - Flensburg, Exit Schleswig/Jagel.
The museum is located at the federal highway 76 between Schleswig and Eckernförde.
Arrival by train or bus:
Railway Hamburg - Flensburg. It is a walk from the main trainstation of Schleswig of about three kilometer. You also can take the bus no. 4810 of the compan Autokraft, leaving from the trainstation direction Kiel and exit at the stop Haddeby (driving time about 5 min).
|Kids under 1,20m||free|
|Pupils, Trainees, Students||3,00 Euro|
|with children under 16 years||11,00 Euro|
|over 30 Personen / per Person||4,00 Euro|
|School Class per Person||1,00 Euro|
|Audioguide||per Person||2,00 Euro|
The broadminded and free car park for the Vikings museum and for the Vikings houses Haithabu is to be reached about the federal highway 76, the major road between Schleswig and Eckernförde. There is enough space also reserved for penalty. The museum is builtand fittet whellchair-accessible.
For walking-handicapped guests one can borrow a wheelchair in the museum to facilitate to them the way from and to the car park. About 50 meters before the museum are three car parks for handicaped people.
Foreign-language guests get translations for the showcase texts in Danish, English, French.
We would like to ask all visitors, modern or historical, to wear the given stickers or bracelets good visible. We need it for our counting and the better understanding for the modern visitors, who does belong to the market and who don't, because we do have quiet a lot of historical dressed visitors. We want to simplify the communication and raise the understanding for our presentations. Thank you!
Dogs are not allowed inside the museum and the viking housing area! In front of the entrance is a dog parking area with water to rest the dogs in the shade.