Along with a few friends from university I visited Hedeby (German: Haithabu), the famous Viking Age settlement, yesterday morning. It's located a few miles south of Schleswig in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost state, and a relaxed two-hour-drive from Hamburg. The Danish border isn't that far away.
I'd recommend visiting the museum to everyone who's interested in history and living in, or visiting, northern Germany. There's a few reconstructed houses and actors dressed in what they claim to be authentic clothes, too. The Vikings are such an interesting people because they've travelled so far; they made it all the way to L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. They reached America several hundred years before Columbus and Vespucci, yet the latter two are still credited with the discovery of the new world.
The first picture shows part of a rebuilt house, the second one is a photograph of a handsome Viking for the ladies who follow this blog.
Hedeby, Germany. April 2010.
I might upload a few more new photographs soon, so stay tuned, and have a great week y'all!