Exhibition in the Museum – Buried at Birka
Meet the Elk Man and the Youngster from the 8th century, the Woman with the green cup from the 9th century and the Warrior Woman from the 10th century. They all lived during different centuries, they had different social status, gender, age and occupations. But one thing they all had in common – they were all buried at Birka.
Just as today, meals played a big role for the Vikings, both for socializing and to feed hungry stomachs of course. Here, at Birka we have restaurant Särimner for those who are a bit hungrier and café for those who just fancy a bit. Café Eldrimner is a perfect stop when you are a bit hungry! There is a cozy covered patio and we always try to serve a lot of locally produced food.
The viking village
At Birka you can feel like a real Viking, but not in terms of becoming a savage seafarer of course. Here, you can stroll around the Viking houses in our Viking village, which is built exactly as the houses in the Viking Age. You can also visit our skilled craftsmen that are using the same techniques and tools that Birkas residents did once upon a time.
The best way to bring the Viking age to life is to join a guided tour around the island. Our knowledgeable guides will show you around the archaeological area and give you a clear picture of the place where the city of Birka once stood. The guided tour is included if you come with one of Strömmas boats.
The Ansgar Chapel
The Ansgar Chapel was built around 1930, one hundred years after the Monument of Ansgar was raised. The chapel is built 1100 years after Ansgars arrival to Sweden. Ansgar was a monk that came to Sweden to Christianize the country. Today the Ansgar Chapel is a summer church, which is open for individual visits, group visits, weddings and christenings.
Themed weeks – Vikings at Birka
In the summer Birka is inhabited by the association Birka-Hovgårdens Gille who will live and work in the viking village for two weeks during the summer. Here you can stroll through the viking quarters and speak to the vikings, watch the craftsmen and learn about their trade and visit our small harbour and watch the Viking boats.