From water routes to cycling routes
To experience the Viking's history by bike
There are many cycling routes around the Schlei and Baltic Sea. The particular aspect of the Wikinger-Friesen-Weg (Viking-Frisian-Way) is its position. It connects the two seas, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, which means you can discover both seas and their cultural facets.
The Hedeby Viking Museum is the centre of the Viking history at the Schlei. Not only the museum, which is home to many exciting cultural treasures, but also and especially the historically accurate reconstruction of a Viking village conveys the Northman's culture and lets you immerse yourself in this era.
In the second part of the Wikinger-Friesen-Weg the focus is on the Frisians who live in the Eider-Treene-Sorge region to this day. All in all, you learn about the Vikings and the Frisians, two different cultures, and two different regions of Schleswig-Holstein, somewhere between the North Sea and Baltic Sea, between the tides on the Wikinger-Friesen-Weg.
The Vikings: more than just conquerors
The striking head's history of this region
Who are the Vikings and the Frisians and what is the difference? The word "Wikinger" (Viking) is the Germanic word for "robber" and "pillager" but only a small part of them were actual robbers. Many were traders and craftsmen around Hedeby.
The Vikings didn't count as a closed ethnic group but rather as a group made up of different Scandinavian tribes and peoples.
The Frisians: merchants with a history
The fascination of North Frisia
Whether in North or East Frisia – the Frisians have affected the North at least quite as much as the Vikings. Their history dates back to the year 857 AD. Back then, a fleet of Frisians arrived in the land of the Danes where they upon approval by King Horik took possession of the area between North Sea and Eider. To this day, it is known as Nordfiresland (North Frisia).
The Frisian people were primarily known as merchants. With peaceful intentions, they tapped into the flourishing trade around Ribe and Hedeby.