- Destination Viking
- Viking attractions
- The Association
In 1988 remnants of a Viking Age fortress were found at the highest point in Trelleborg, explaining the name of the town. A trelleborg was likely the general term for the Viking Age ring fortresses with "treller", the skewed cloven logs that appear to support the structure.
The fortress may have been built in the 980s, maybe ordered by King Harald Bluetooth, then king of Denmark, and who on a rune stone in Jelling, Denmark, claims to be the one who united the Danes and turned them to Christianity. It may be in connection with this that he had constructed not only the trelleborg in Trelleborg but also other such fortresses across Scania and Denmark. It was a period of unrest with migrating people, unifying of kingdoms and Christianisation. The strategic location in the landscape by the coast was likely important for both defense and territorial control.
Trelleborgen as it looks today is a reconstruction on the original site of a quarter of the fortress based on archaeological finds, craftsmanship tradition and well founded guesswork. The site, located in the middle of the town Trelleborg also houses a reconstructed medieval building - also found on the site. Just outside the fortress there is a reconstructed Viking Age farm.
Trelleborgen is not just a tourist attraction and feature of the town, but also a Viking museum, a museum of living history, site of experimental archaeology and history education. A historical venue for people today like more than a thousand years ago.
Destination Viking is a new travel experience concept. Partners from a number of countries have come together to develop a borderless tourism destination focusing on the Viking world.
Quality is a key word for Destination Viking - as a visitor you expect quality at every level, and we will deliver it. Quality means quality of activities, quality of presentations, quality of workmanship, quality of sites, quality of food, quality of souvenirs. In short: quality experience!