A Viking village opens on Curonian Spit

Tourists visiting the museum village will not only see how Vikings lived, worked amber, made braids and crafted items, but will be able to try and craft something themselves

18 June 2015
Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
Curonian spit national park. Kaliningrad region.

Curonian Spit, a national park in Kaliningrad region, now has an historic and ethnographic museum – a Viking village called Ancient Sambia. Olga Barboff, deputy director of the national park, told TASS that museum has been opened within the framework of the near-border cooperation between Russia, Lithuania and Poland. The new museum will take its place among similar establishments across the Southeastern Baltic region.

Ancient Sambia was designed after archeological finds discovered in the Zelenogradsk outskirts. The name Sambia was used to denote the western part of East Prussia, currently Kaliningrad oblast. 

The museum has been opened within the framework of the near-border cooperation between Russia, Lithuania and Poland
Olga Barboff, deputy director of the national park

A working replica of an ancient Viking boat was constructed for the museum. Tourists will be able to use it for short trips around the Curonian Lagoon. The village Ancient Sambia has a wooden residential house with a workshop, bread oven and a garden, as well as a smithy, an arsenal, a smokehouse for meat and fish, and a wood stack.

Tourists will witness the Viking way of life, such as working amber and making braids. They will be able to try out some of the crafts for themselves, for example, grind flour using ancient tools.

The national park, which is on the UNESCO's World Heritage List, is named after the ancient tribes of Curonians, who inhabited the area before Prussia was colonized by the Germans. A Viking settlement existed here in 10-11th centuries. Its remains were discovered by Kaliningrad archeologists in 2008 close to the modern settlement Rybachy (Fishing Village).