Archeological Sites for Excursions in Dithmarschen (Excerpt) (in German)

1-3 Megalithic graves in and around Albersdorf: In the middle of the place, there is the "Brutkamp", a megalithic chamber (polygonal "dolmen") with a covering stone, weighing 25 tons, in the street "Brutkamp" opposite to the old school building, and the smaller "dolmen" behind the youth hostel (1-2). In the forest of "Bredenhoop", in the south of the place, interesting, partly destroyed group of megalithic long barrows (3). Near huge grave mounds of the Bronze Age, e. g. the mound underneath the observation tower. Here, the Museum für Archäologie und Ökologie willbe found as well as the Archeological-Ecological Center (AÖZA).
4 Grave with pit stone of Bunsoh (car park in the west of the place at the road leading to Wrohm-Rendsburg), passage grave, about 3000 BC; one of the three covering stones ornamented with many pits and symbols two milleniums later. Grave mound belonging to it, extended in the Bronze Age.Map of Dithmarschen with sites for excursions

5 Group of grave mounds in the north east of Arkebek: Far visible huge hills from the older Bronze Age, about 1400-900 BC.
6-7 Megalithic chamber of Dellbrück (closely south of the road Meldorf-Albersdorf, sign „Marienburg"): Well preserved stone chamber from about 3000 BC. On the same way in a small wood behind a bridge the Marienburg castle (7): impressive earth hill, rampart and trench remainders of a late medieval tower hill castle, which was built in vain against the people of Dithmarschen in 1402.

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8 Passage grave near Linden-Pahlkrug: Restored passage grave in the interior of a grave mound, about 3000 BC, which conveys very well the original appearance of a stone room from the Bronze Age. Car park west of Pahlkrug, north of the main road.
9 Stellerburg: Saxonian ring rampart castle (9th until 10th century), accessible from the road Weddingstedt-Borgholz to Neuenkirchen, sign at the edge of the geest to the marsh. The southern rampart gap is an old excavation cut, the two others mark both of the former gates.
10 Bökelnburg: Enormous one gate saxonian ring rampart castle from the 9th until 11th century within the town of Burg, contains a cemetary since 1818.
11 Quickborn-Frestedt-entrenchments: remainders of a medieval defense building, reaching from valley to valley, with two ramparts and three trenches, best conserved in a small forest in the west of the village, at the road to St. Michaelisdonn.
12 Oldest dike near Großbüttel (road Heide-Büsum, car park 2km west of the town Wöhrden): repeatedly partly withdrewn line of the older dike (12th century) in the extension phase, about 1700. Behind the dike, former housing hill (Dorfwurt), partly cleared away, now only a farm house. Immediately at the intersection of dike and the street a former breach in the dike (pond with reeds, „Wehle").
13 Former North Sea steep coast („Klev") from the time of about 7000-4000 BC near the airfield of Hopen near Friedrichshof, southeast of St. Michaelisdonn. Possibility of walking and view overlooking the marsh.
14 Breach in the dike of the river Eider from 1825, north of the place Preil (farmstead road), from there footpath on top of the dike eastward. On the water side, the spot has been built around by a new dike and has stayed allmost unchanged.

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