Another hot day.
Today we drove west to have a look at the Viking Trelleborg fortress and to take a closer look at the Great Belt Bridge. It was so nice driving in an air conditioned car on such a hot day.
Our first stop was the Trelleborg fortress. Although the museum for the museum we were able to freely wander the actual fort remains.
The Trelleborg fort was constructed around 980 AD and was probably erected on the order of King Harold Bluetooth as a military stronghold, a centre of trade administration. Trelleborg was part of a larger military system of fortresses and naval fortifications in the area. We had seen Fyrkat earlier in our trip but this fortress was much bigger.
It is estimated that at least 500 people lived at the fort and that the fort was only active for a short time being abandoned after 990AD. A small model showed how the fort would have looked with central longhouses inside the inner bailey and a set of building outside which were storerooms and workshops. On excavation 157 graves had been found. As at Fyrkat stones outlined where the buildings had stood so giving an impression of their size and also the precision layout of the fort.
Back into our air conditioned car it was a short distance to the coast near the town of Korsør to have a look close hand at the Great Belt Bridge we had crossed from Funen to Zealand earlier in the week.
Construction of the bridge commenced in 1991 and was opened in 1998. It is in fact a combination of three structures: a road suspension bridge and a railway tunnel between Zealand and the small island Sprogø located in the middle of the Great Belt and a box girder bridge for both road and rail traffic between Sprogø and Funen. The bridge is an amazing piece of design engineering particular the massive pylons on the East Bridge which are 254m high making them the highest point in Denmark.
Making our way back to base we took the country route stopping at the small town of Sorø which owes its existence to the establishment by Christian IV of the Sorø Academy of Knights – an elite establishment dedicated to the education of the sons of the nobility. Today it is still a prominent Danish school with the grounds open to the public.