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    The ring fortresses

    There are five ring-fortresses in Denmark and Skåne from the Viking Age – Trelleborg in Skåne, Trelleborg in Zealand, Nonnebakken in Funen and Fyrkat as well as Aggersborg in Jutland.

    The building of the ring-castles must have required such immense resources as to be thought of as royal building works erected by King Harold Bluetooth. The period was characterized by turbulence and the king needed military bases from which he could control his possessions. Possibly the fortresses also served as centres for administration and trade.

    The ring-fortresses were all built within a limited period of time around AD 980. The fortresses are not the only large installations which have been connected with royal power. Both bridges and roads – essential for transport on land – are known from the Viking Age. The Danish ring-fortresses differ from one another in a number of ways, but they are all constructed using the same measurements and geometric layout, with a circular rampart surrounding a block-like settlement. The symmetric place blocks are separated by ruler-straight streets.

    The ring-castles were only used for a limited time before they were abandoned. It seems likely that after the death of Harold Bluetooth, Swein Forkbeard probably had a better grip on the internal political situation in the country – in that way the ring-fortresses were no longer needed as defensive installations.

    1st April - 31st May: 10.00-16.00
    1st June - 31st August: 10.00-17.00
    1st September - 31st October: 10.00-16.00
    All Mondays closed except the 25th April, 13th June, 18th July and during the autumn holiday 17th October

    Adults: 60 DKK
    Under 18 years of age: Free admission
    Group discount of 5 DKK per ticket is given for groups of minimum 10 persons

    Outside opening hours you are well come to visit the fortress through a gate south of the museum building. Follow the path over the stream up to the Longhouse.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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