Kongernes Jelling – home of the Viking kings

The Kongernes Jelling experience centre invites you to turn back time 1,000 years to when the Vikings ruled Jelling – to a time when Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth erected two rune stones in Jelling; to when King Harald founded the nation’s largest Viking fortification, introduced the Danes to Christianity and united the kingdom of Denmark.

The experience centre, which is located right next to the monuments, lets the whole family gain unique and engaging insight into the fascinating history of the location and the world of the Vikings. Using the latest technology you can touch, feel – and let yourself get spooked – when the world of the Vikings unfolds in the interactive exhibitions.

From the moment you enter the experience centre you will become an active player in a historic Viking voyage. You can team up with the sword-wielding warriors who according to legend were resurrected from battlefields to join the gods in Valhalla. You can tremble with fear at the brutal sacrifices of the Vikings. You can meet Völva, the shamanic seeress of the Vikings, by the tree of worlds, Yggdrasil. And you can also experience the more peaceful side of Viking life – the everyday life of peasants and enterprising merchants. Sit back and listen to the exciting stories in the flicker of the flames. Enter into the barrow of King Gorm the Old. Witness the introduction of Christianity to Denmark and the unification of the kingdom under the rule of King Harald Bluetooth.

The rooftop terrace offers a magnificent view over the Jelling Monuments. The monument area is the size of 20 football fields, consisting of two rune stones, two barrows, a church, a stone ship and the vestiges of a 1.4 kilometre stakewall that surrounds it all. Considered Europe’s most prominent Viking monuments, the Jelling Monuments enjoy UNESCO World Heritage patronage. From the terrace on the exhibition centre you can travel in time and see through digital binoculars to what Jelling once looked like 1,000 years ago.

There is free access to the Kongernes Jelling experience centre, which is part of the National Museum of Denmark. Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer you can join free guided tours of one hour in the monument area. Groups can by prior arrangement book tours of the monument area and / or the Kongernes Jelling experience centre with Danish, German or English speaking guides.

Opening hours

02/01/2017 - 30/04/2017 Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
01/05/2017 - 31/05/2017 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
01/06/2017 - 31/08/2017 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
01/06/2017 - 31/08/2017 Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
01/09/2017 - 31/10/2017 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
01/11/2017 - 22/12/2017 Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Gormsgade 23
7300 Jelling


+45 41206334


  • Facilities

    • Museum shop/News stand
    • Coach park
    • Restaurant/Cafe
    • Offers live demonstrations
    • Activities for children
    • Possibility for active participation
  • Subjects of the collections

    • Viking period
    • Cultural history
  • Type

    • Historical museum
    • Local History

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Longitude : 9.418322
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