The historic Danevirke fortification is considered the largest ancient monument in the Nordic region and was together with Hedeby designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2018. Increasing visitor numbers and the associated need for better information and orientation, as well as new accesses and recreational areas have led the municipality of Dannewerk to commission a new landscape and urban space concept for the historic monument and its surroundings in an architectural competition, which C.F. Møller Architects won in 2020. Now C.F. Møller is ready to reveal the result of their work and provide insight into how the landscape concept will be realised.
The landscape concept includes the central area around the Main Wall, the Kovirke Wall, the North Wall and the Krumwall. It includes parts of the ancient army road, historic forts and redoubts, the drained former Dannevirke Lake, as well as the central archaeological park at Danevirke Museum, where, among other things, Valdemar's Wall from the 12th century, the Gate to the North and a cannon redoubt from the Schleswig Wars are important attractions.
- By creating new looped walkways that connect the site's many highlights, visitors are guided to entirely new experiences, while accessibility is increased, and the archaeological substance is protected from wear and tear. This will be achieved in part through raised, floating Corten steel paths on or over the most sensitive parts of the monument and the natural environment, says Julian Weyer, partner and architect at C.F. Møller Architects.