Ye olde travel guide: Hedeby AD 950

Giles Kristian advises prospective visitors to the Viking world's marketplace, where you can buy everything from jewellery to slaves

(Illustration by Jonty Clark for BBC History Magazine)

This article was first published in the April 2012 edition of BBC History Magazine

Situated at the narrow end of the Jutland peninsula, Hedeby lies within close reach of the Baltic and, by way of Hollingstedt, provides easy access to Frisia, western Europe and the North Sea. Tie up that goat. Leave the harvest to your thralls. Come and experience the busiest, most cosmopolitan town in Scandinavia! Whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it in the Viking world’s marketplace.

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