Schleswig: Gottorf Castle and the Globe House

Gottorf Castle, situated on an island in the Schlei inlet of the Baltic Sea, is home to Schleswig-Holstein’s two state museums: the State Museum of Art and Cultural History with works from the High Middle Ages to contemporary art, and the State Archaeological Museum, the archive for 120,000 years of history in the state and a showcase for current research. The foundation also includes six further museums, including the popular Hedeby Viking Museum.

Take a tour around Gottorf Castle and experience a thousand years of Schleswig-Holstein’s cultural history. The route takes you from the originally preserved “Gothic Hall” with mediaeval sacred art to the Classical Modern works of the Horn Collection as well as contemporary art.

The Gottorf Castle State Archaeological Museum is an archive for 120,000 years of history in the state and a showcase for current research.

To the north of the castle lies Northern Europe’s earliest terraced garden. This also contains the “modern Globe House” with the Gottorf Globe, a walk-in planetarium. The Gottorf Globe, which is over three metres in height and can be entered by visitors, is the world’s very first planetarium and thus of outstanding scientific importance. It’s a magnificent piece of work, painted in a colourful manner according to the style and knowledge of the historical age! You enter the huge globe by means of a small stair and a door with a coat of arms. When visitors sit on the bench the historical globe revolves around them, presenting them with the painted map of star constellations. It’s a wonderful experience!

The Hedeby Viking Museum is closed for renovation between October 2016 and April 2018.