Kongernes Jelling - Home of the Viking Kings
Winner for EUROPE
The British Guild of Travel Writers' annual tourism awards were announced last night (Sunday, nov. 5th.) on the eve of World Travel Market. The Experience Centre at Kongernes Jelling (Home of the Viking Kings) in Denmark took top honours in the European category.
Each tourism project has been completed within the past three years, each was nominated by a Guild member and selected via a secret ballot of the Guild's 270 professional journalists, writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers. The Guild members proposing a project were asked to evaluate the initiatives on the basis of tourism potential and benefit to the local community.
The Winner for EUROPE is The Experience Centre at Kongernes Jelling (Home of the Viking Kings) in Denmark took top honours in the European category (proposed by member and travel writer Gillian Thomas).
“Built beside the 1000 year-old burial mounds of two famous Vikings, Gorm the Old and Harold Bluetooth...It vividly brings to life Denmark’s bloody Viking history through highly imaginative special effects and interactive displays, cleverly using sounds and lights, holograms, pictures and artefacts. For instance in the Bonfire Room you sit around a fire to listen to Viking adventure stories - including how Bluetooth got his name….”
Experience Center in beautiful surroundings
The visitor and experience center at Kongernes Jelling - Home of the Viking Kings lies in the middle of the monument complex around Jelling Church. At the Experience Center we tell of the Viking kings Gorm and Harald, their rune-stones, the huge ship-setting and the gigantic palisade which was built over a thousand years ago. Admission is free.
The Jelling of the Viking Kings
In the tenth century, at the highest point in the landscape west of Vejle, the kings Gorm the Old and Harold Bluetooth created a monument that is unique in the Nordic context. The oldest feature is the remains of a huge ship-shaped stone setting - then came the rune stones and the mounds, and finally the palisade.
Gorm the Old's rune stone links the royal couple Gorm and Thyra to a kingdom called Denmark. The story continues on Harold Bluetooth's rune stone, which describes a central event in the history of Denmark: the King's acceptance of Christianity on behalf of his whole people. For that reason the stone is often called "Denmark's Certificate of Baptism".
A sensory experience with digital tricks.
A unique and super modern sensory experience regarding the life and legacy of the Vikings. A voyage from the stories that were told around the fireplace to the life as a Viking and a warrior, the path to Valhalla as well as the transition to Christianity.