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In its collection the museum presents the eventful history of the Danewerk ramparts from the Iron Age through the Viking period and the Middle Ages up to the present. The ramparts were built between 650 and 1200 AC on the isthmus between the Treene and the Schlei. They have undergone multiple enlargements to their overall length of 30 km. As late as in the wars of 1848 – 50 and 1864 they were used militarily and provided with entrenchments. The exhibition is continually updated and extended. The museum staff and the labelling are bilingual in German and Danish.
The Danewerk is the biggest ground monument of Northern Europe. The preserved segments are partly in the close vicinity to the museum. It is possible to walk on most of them.
The museum presents changing special exhibitions on archaeological, historic and cultural historic topics especially from June to September.