Summermarket Haithabu

From Thursday, 14th of July, until Sunday, 17th of July 2022, viking craftsmen and merchants are coming back to the former trade metropolis at the Schlei fjord. Viking age crafts and trading goods are crucial elements of our market days.

Our reenactors, craftmen and goods come from all over Europe, from high Scandinavia to the deep Baltic region. Authentic crafts in authentic atmosphere, this is the goal of the summermarket in Germany‘s only viking museum.

Meet the early medieval people – here in Hedeby, where they lived, worked and traded their goods 1000 years ago. Let them take you back into times, where crafts and trading had its high times, and where skills were needed, that today hardly anybody knows.
From precious jewellery to fine fur, all those things from many countries and cultures are going to be traded or produced on the market.
Many finds from the viking age are definitely not from this region. They were traded to our coasts, and this is the way we do it nowadays as well.

Find out how a nail is made, a bed is built, which weapon and armor the vikings carried. There is so much to discover on the market.

The smell of the blacksmith‘s fire wafts through the area, people are weaving, dyeing, sewing, making iron, building chains, doing woodturning, carving; Shoes are sewn and stone is worked, Bows are built and nets are formed – here craft is given a new life! Authentic goods are made with authentic tools and materials.

Workshops for vistors

We offer workshops for our adult visitors every year. Here you can learn for example how to knot a net, make a rope, weave chains, posament, naalbinding (what we use before we knew knitting) and more.

Why for adult visitors? Well, some things are not so easy or you also use sharp knives as tools. We would prefer to leave that only in the hands of adults.

The workshops usually last about 1 hour, cost up to 15 euros, including materials and take place daily at 2 pm.

Please come to the “Meeting Point” at the benches near the entrance. Your workshop leaders will meet you there.

There is a lot for children to discover, they can ask lots of questions and of course we try to find something for them to do. We know from experience, children are never bored with us.


Offered Workshops

Knife Workshop (held in German)
Production of a simple utility knife
Duration approx. 2 hours
Start 10 o’clock and 13.30, each 2 persons
Cost 60 € per person incl. material
Please register directly on site with Tom Hanke

Posament workshop (held in English)
During this workshop you will have a chance to learn to weave spiral-wire posament based on finds from the Viking city of Birka.
Posaments were metal ornaments braided in silver or gold wire. Vikings adorned their clothing (e.g. hats or tunics) with such metal braids.
During the workshop we will first go through the archeological finds of posaments. Then you will receive some spiral wire (tin and silver blend) and will have an opportunity to create your own posament.
Price per participant: 15 EUR (includes cost of the spiral wire)
Workshop leader: Katarina (Masia) Konkol

Weaving workshop (held in English)
During weaving workshop participants will learn how to make backstrap loom and how to weave on it.
Everybody will design and made their own pice of textile using medieval technique!
Cost: 15 euro
max 6 people
Workshop leader: Maria Możdżeń

Pottery workshop (held in English)
We will make ceramic rattles that were found in Slavic areas in the Viking Age. These rattles were most likely children’s toys, but some archaeologists say they were also used for magic. It will be possible to make two different types of rattle.
The cost of the workshop is 10 euros
Workshop leader: Anna Wojcieszuk

Spinning workshop (held in English)
Maximum 8 participants per group
No previous skill or experience required
Price 15 EUR including spinning fibre and booklet.
Spindles and additional fibre can be bought separately
Workshop leader: Anna Lindemark

Nets- Workshop (held in German)
Learn a simple method to make a net.
I will show you how to make a net from a normal hemp thread without any special tools.
All necessary knots will be practiced. Suitable for everyone who can at least tie shoes.
Cost 10€
Workshop leader: Max Steffen

Haithabu Braided Ribbon Workshop (held in German)
The braided ribbon was used as decoration on clothing, as well as for other purposes.
No previous knowledge required.
Cost 10 Euro, incl. material to take home
Workshop leader: Juliane Schwartz

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