Do you ever wonder how the Vikings lived? The annual Jork Viking Market is the perfect place to find out. Every year, hundreds of traders, craftsmen and other history enthusiasts make their way to Jork, just west of Hamburg, to bring the northern European middle ages to life. They pitch their tents around a wooden ring castle erected each year especially for the market and create a sort of hybrid market and living history museum. Here, visitors can experience how people lived from the 7th to 11th centuries.
Craftsmen and traders in historical clothing peddle their goods, all made according to authentic Viking and mediaeval traditions. Visitors will find jewellery, helmets, clothing, fabrics, hides, wooden wares, blacksmithing and a wide variety of weapons. There is also an array of stands providing information about mediaeval handicrafts.
Visitors can also expect a good show. History buffs recreate what it meant to be a Viking warrior, showing off their martial skills in mock-battles and introducing onlookers to the sorts of weapons that Vikings would have used.
If you want to get involved yourself, hop aboard a Viking ship and get rowing or join the archery tournament.
Plenty of music and refreshment are on offer as well. A wide array of food and drink rounds off the full programme, creating a wonderful experience for the entire family.
Visit the Jork Viking Market online for more information.
17-20 May 2024
Children under 15 year - €4
Adults (everyone ages 15 and up) - €8
Family ticket (2 adults + up to 4 paying children) - €20
Children shorter than a sword (approx. 1 metre in height) have free admission
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