Vikingeborgen Trelleborg (Slagelse)

Vikingeborgen Trelleborg (Slagelse)
One of the places where the Vikings way of life can be best experienced is in the Trelleborg Viking Fortress near Slagelse in Denmark. Here you will find one of Harald Bluetooth’s Viking ring fortresses. It was built in the 980s but the remnants are still evident in the landscape. You will also find a museum, a shop and a reconstructed Viking longhouse.

A thousand year old viking fortress

One of the places where the Viking Age can be most closely experiences is at the Trelleborg Viking Fortress near Slagelse on Zealand, Denmark. In an area of great natural beauty the remnants of a Viking Age ring fortress can be seen. The Trelleborg Viking Fortress is a fantastic cultural heritage from the Viking Age and the best preserved of the four Danish ring fortresses. Along with the Jellinge monuments and Dannevirke the fortresses tell of an exciting and pivotal period in Danish and European history.


There are no contemporary written sources mentioning the ring fortress, which may seem odd considering the enormous effort behind the construction. This may indicate that the ring fortresses were only in use for a short period, perhaps 10-15 years.  Dendrochronological dating of finds from the moat reveal that the trees were cut between 980 - 981 AD. How long construction of the entire fortress took is unknown, but these dates may help explain its purpose.

During this period King Harald Bluetooth was attempting to strengthen the monarchy and unify the land. On the large rune stone at Jelling Harald claims to have "unified all of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity". Thus the ring fortresses may be seen as part of his effort to subjugate minor kings and local chieftains and enforce a strong central crown.  If the ring fortresses were part of the struggle for the throne it would explain their short period of use. They must have been costly to man and maintain and were likely disused after the power struggle was over and the threat of uprisings lessened.

The museum

To learn more about the fortress visit the museum at the Trelleborg. Models, archaeological finds and reconstructions paint a living picture of the history of the site, its inhabitands and the purpose of the fortress.

Experience the life of the Vikings up close in the reconstructed village Slagløse. The museum has acitivities during the Easter, Pentecost and throughout the summer. Try out the crafts and chores of the Vikings and experience the authentic atmosphere by the food bonfire. Bake delicious flatbread, smith a knife, shoot Viking longbows and more.


Street address: 
Trelleborg Allé 4, Hejninge 4200 Slagelse
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