History Centre Dybbøl Banke

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At History Centre Dybbøl Banke you’ll be thrust into one of the most exciting chapters of Denmark’s history. Accompanied by the activity of bullets being cast and the smell of hot pancakes, you and your family will experience the Second Schleswig War of 1864.

Prussian soldier J. Bubbe is raving about his new breech-loading rifle, which fires bullets at a formidable rate. Danish private Hansen is happy with his good old muzzle-loader. It doesn’t have such a high rate of fire, but on the other hand it works every time!

At History Centre Dybbøl Banke you may be fortunate enough to hear the light-hearted banter between the two soldiers during the Second Schleswig War between Prussia and Denmark in 1864. And it’s this kind of dissemination of history which is the centre’s trademark, explains Centre Manager and Curator Bjørn Østergaard.

We tell the story of the 1864 war through the people that were part of it. Through old letters and diaries we can get an insight into what the people were like and how they experienced the war. When visitors see, hear and speak to the historical figures, they experience history in a new and exciting manner. New characters are constantly arriving, and in this way we can renew and vary the experience of being at the history centre.

It isn’t only the historical figures that are active at the history centre: you and your family will suddenly find yourselves playing a role in the dramatic events at Dybbøl Banke in 1864.

To the tones of Danish song ‘Dengang jeg drog af sted’, you’ll be marched under command up to the public gallery, where you have to cover your ears whenever the cannons are fired with a deafening boom.

Later on, you can try to move one of the incredibly heavy stronghold cannons. You can also enjoy pancakes cooked over the fire, make rifle bullets at the blacksmith’s and write letters using pen and ink.