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In the footsteps of the Vikings!
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Trelleborg
Trelleborg

Trelleborg had approximately 30 wooden "long houses", each nearly 30 meters long. A large quantity of wood was also used for the main fortification where the rampart consisted of a wooden stockade on both sides.

Trelleborg
The circle fortification belong to some of the most impressive and unusual structures of the Viking period.

Trelleborg, located between two streams, is the first of four circle fortifications - was excavated around 60 years ago.


Trelleborg has circular main fortification and a front fortification. The main fortification is surrounded by a circular rampart measuring 134 diameters.

Here you find Trelleborg


Four openings in the rampart divides the inside into 4 equally sized areas. In back of the four areas there was a block of four similar looking "long houses" forming a protected courtyard.
The front fortification which is surrounded by the rampart had 15 parallel houses and a burial ground.


Nearby museum

Many of the findings are now exhibited at the nearby located museum. Here you can also learn about Trelleborg`s history and take a look at one of the excavated houses which has been reconstructed just outside the fortification. Inside the fortification streets, burial ground and the houses has been marked.

Trelleborg was built around year 980 when "Harald Blåtand" was in rule. The size of Trelleborg and the way it was constructed would suggest that Royal powers stood behind the project. Trelleborg and the other circle fortifications were used for military purposes but also had administrative as well as trading related functions. This assumption is also based on findings from around the houses and the burial ground. Most of the remains found were younger men but also the remains of women and children were found, pointing to the fact that families were living at Trelleborg.

Arrangements are on offer most of the year including a market place, Viking plays and workshops for the whole family.



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