We just returned from a magnificent holiday in Denmark! I used to live in Copenhagen as a student and ten years ago in 2006 Einarr and I went to Denmark again. This year, during our May Holiday, we went to Jutland for the second time and had a really marvelous time. Allow me to write a few reviews on the 3 Viking museums we visited.
1) Haithabu Viking museum - Northern Germany
Driving all the way up to Denmark was a bit of a tall order for us, especially with a 7 year old in the car. So we decided to stop for 2 days in Northern Germany to visit the Haithabu museum
We found a campsite across the street from the museum, which was very convenient. If you ever want to go there, here is the campsite: http://www.campingplatz-haithabu.de/ Their services are excellent and in the summer a jump in the lake is probably very amazing.
Now, the Haithabu museum itself has undergone some much needed changes since our first visit in 2006 and it has improved A LOT! There are much more items on display with excellent audio information. The bookshop as well has a great selection of books too.
|the outside of Haithabu museum, Viking houses|
We went to this museum in 2006 and greatly enjoyed it. The timeline is very well done and there is a lot of info. We discovered to our surprise that the museum hasn't changed at all since 2006. This was, in all honesty, a bit of a let down because in our opinion you cannot have the same lay-out/exhibition all the time. Still, it is worth a visit and our daughter really enjoyed the museum!
3) Ribe Viking Centre
This open air museum is not very big but it is bursting with energy and activity. Truly a great place. We went on a Monday when the annual Viking market wasn't so crowded and this gave us plenty of time to see everything and talk to some old friends we hadn't seen in a while. The museum is great for kids, plenty of time and opportunity to roam and play!
We were staying at this campsite http://ribecamping.dk/ which I can really recommend for its fantastic facilities
|The bird show was great, our daughter LOVED it!|
|The Three Norns who guard the entrance|
In short: Go to Denmark when you have a chance!