Lejre Land of Legends is open!
During the school summer holidays, the King’s Hall is open for visits without seat reservations. You still require a valid admission to Lejre Land of Legends to visit the King’s Hall.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Read more about what COVID-19 restrictions mean for your visit online here.
|On a beautiful hill, the Land of Legends has remade the largest King’s Hall that we know of from the Viking Age in Denmark. The original archaeological finds that the King’s Hall build on are to be found less than 3 kilometers from the Land of Legends, on a field in the village of Gl. Lejre. Here, archaeologists have been busy excavating the traces of an impressive building, which spreads through the Iron Age and into the Viking Age.|
In 2009, traces of the largest viking habitation in Denmark peaked out from the mud. With a little more than 60 meters from one end to the other, it’s about as long as a football field is wide, and with its rows of big, large posts, the construction has been able to support a building with up to 10 meters o the ceiling. With over 600 m2, the large King’s Hall is a unique witness of the culmination of Nordic architecture and crafts of the Viking Age.
Fascinating finds tell a true story
The looming King’s Hall and the many other impressive finds from the Iron and Viking Age seem to show that Gl. Lejre had a speciel position in its contemporary time. Maybe it even held the headquarters of society’s leadership in a time, where Denmark moved between Viking Age and Kingship.
Lejre’s importance has left a decisive mark in the sagas, legends and other written sources. Lejre is often associated with the mythical royal family of the Scyldings, which according to myths and legends, includes the kings Skjöldr, Hrothgar, Helge, Hrólfr Kraki, Ragnar Lodbrok and Harold Hiltertooth. And, even though these stories seem to exist only in myths, the conclusive archaeological evidence proves that Lejre had an important place in Danish history in the Iron Age and the Viking Age.
The King’s Hall is a part of the reconstructed Viking area in the Land of Legends. Our Viking Age area is filled with fascinating activities and experiences for the entire family.
We look forward to welcoming you into yet another travel through time – back to the dawn of the Viking Age!
It’s almost like being there for yourself – scroll through the videos below and get an insider’s look at the building process – also in 360°!
360° – Take a look at the construction
Timelapse – 6 weeks’ work in under a minute!
19. september 2018
360° – Take a look at the construction area
Timelapse – The high-seat pillars are carved
24. oktober 2018