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Cycling at the World Heritage Haithabu and Danewerk – Baltic Sea Fjord Schlei

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Cycling at the World Heritage Haithabu and Danewerk – Baltic Sea Fjord Schlei

Bike Touring Collection by OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

2

Tours

07:19 h

68.4 mi

1,375 ft

Traders, robbers and conquerors – this is how the Vikings who lived on the Baltic Sea fjord Schlei from the 8th to the 11th century are often described. They once traded here, travelling to conquer new lands and treasures.

The Viking trading settlement of Haithabu on the Schleswiger Landenge in the far north of Germany was an important trading post for the Vikings and served as a central transportation hub in northern Europe. Located at the narrowest point between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, it was both a border post between Scandinavia and the European mainland and a key trading point for the two regions to exchange goods.

Naturally, such an important and thriving trade hub aroused the interest of tradesmen and conquerors and had to be protected from enemies from the south with a massive fortification. The rulers of later centuries also recognised the value of this powerful fortification and continued to expand it until the beginning of the 20th century. The 30-kilometre (18.6 mi) rampart is called Danewerk and, together with Haithabu, is a part of Schleswig-Holstein’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Lübeck's Old Town and the Wadden Sea of the North Sea.

In this Collection, we present two bike Tours that reveal this World Heritage Site, opening a window into the past and revealing fascinating history. Both Tours are about 55 kilometres (34 mi) and are perfect for families.

On the Thyratörn route, we guide you through the impressive Danewerk, the landing places of the boats from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and the Haithabu Viking settlement. On the Eriktörn route, you sail around the western part of the Baltic Sea fjord Schlei, which was one of the most important lifelines and trade routes for the Vikings.

The way history and nature come together here also makes this region, which was once the largest early medieval trading centre in North Europe, truly special. Two wonderful cycling Tours through history and magnificent landscapes await.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:45
    35.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Vikings shaped the history of Northern Europe for around 200 years. The Ostseefjord Schlei was one of the most important lifelines of this time. This beautiful, about 55 kilometers …

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    Wikingersiedlung Haithabu

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Very interesting reconstruction of seven Viking houses, parts of which were found during excavations. The reconstruction was carried out taking into account the historical handicraft techniques and materials. You can get a good idea of the life of the Vikings on narrow plank paths between the plastered plastered walls of the houses. In the summer there is a large program of events in which the village is filled with life and you can watch the "residents" doing their old handicrafts or trade with them on market days.

    Unlike in the exhibition house, you don't need a pre-booked time slot if you just want to visit the houses. In the winter half of the year, however, the houses in the outdoor area are closed.

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    Wikinger Museum Haithabu

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Here, at the narrow point between the Schlei branch of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the important Viking sea trading center Haithabu flourished between the 8th and 11th centuries. The exhibition house impressively tells the story of this time with replicas and archaeological finds. Seven Viking houses were also reconstructed on the site, in which mediaeval life is shown very vividly.

    The museum is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (deviations are possible on public holidays) and the prices vary from 3 (children) to 9 euros (adults). In the Haithabu Café you can strengthen yourself afterwards and let the impressions have a lasting effect. The café is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    33.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This highly interesting round tour has it all, because the full package of Viking history is waiting to be discovered by you. The mighty Danewerk border wall, the Viking settlement …

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    Danevirke Museum

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Danevirke Museum (which is Danish for Danewerk Museum) is fully dedicated to the largest monument from the Viking Age. In the museum you will learn everything about the history of the Danes from the beginning in the 5th century, about the Viking Age and the High Middle Ages to the time of the German-Danish wars and the Second World War. The Danewerk was a huge border fortification consisting of ramparts, walls, ditches and a lake barrier - the mighty ruins of the ramparts have been preserved in the landscape to this day. By the way, it used to be thought that the Viking queen Thyra, the legendary namesake of our route, built the wall.

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    Waldemarsmauer

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Under the rule of the Danish king Waldemar I, the Danework was massively expanded in the High Middle Ages. For almost four kilometers to the south, the wall was additionally reinforced with a five to seven meter high brick wall. At this point, part of the ruined wall was exposed.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    2
  • Highlights
    4
  • Distance
    68.4 mi
  • Duration
    07:19 h
  • Elevation
    1,375 ft

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