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VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby is part of the Tentative list of Germany in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Community Reviews

Tsunami Japan / USA / Germany 17-Oct-17

VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T) by Tsunami

Some man involved in nominating this site for Germany came over to speak in my class during Winter Semester 2015-16 when I was still enrolled in the master's degree program "World Heritage Studies" in Germany and said that they had given up nominating this site as a transnational serial site with 4 other state parties and had decided to go alone at it; thus another nomination called "Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape."

I took a Flix bus from Hamburg, which dropped me off at some gas station in Schleswig about 3 km away from the outdoor museum area. But luckily within a few minutes I found an elderly woman who lives in Busdorf near the museum and who gave me a ride to the museum area.

I had seen this kind of reconstructed Viking houses in Lofoten Islands in Norway, Birka in Sweden and Trelleborg in Denmark.

So I guess it may be a good idea to distinguish itself by presenting this area with such a different view point as archaeological border landscape with the remains of the earthwork.

Read more from Tsunami here.

Els Slots The Netherlands 29-Apr-13

VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T) by Els Slots

I visited Danevirk and Hedeby on my way to the WHS of Jelling. There are several places where one can see the remains of the Danevirk (or Dannewerk in German), but the Viking Museum at Haithabu probably is the most worthwhile.

The Danevirk was the Viking's equivalent to Hadrian's Wall: built to keep out the barbarians. It covered a stretch of 30km in what is now the German state of Schleswig-Holstein (formerly in Denmark). Hedeby / Haithabu was the most important town in the region. It was located along the shortcut route between North Sea and Baltic Sea.

The Viking Museum at Haithabu has a modern presentation inside, though as so often there has not been found much of real interest from the Viking area. A lot of people seemed to have lost their money bag while getting on or off board in the harbour!

The museum has a large outdoor part too. It holds a recreation of Haithabu on its original location, a part of the Dannewerk and the semicircular defensive walls of Haithabu itself. It's a great area for a longer hike: you can either walk on top of the Dannewerk, or do a full loop around the lake.

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Site Info

  • Full name: VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby
  • Country: Germany
  • Nominated for 2018
  • Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2015 - Deferred 
  • 2011 - Submitted 

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