The Prehistoric Trail at Moesgaard is a 4 km (2.5 mi) walking trail near Aarhus, Denmark that runs from the Moesgård Manor to the beach and back. Along the route are several reconstructed prehistoric buildings and burial mounds.
- This article is an itinerary.
The Prehistoric Trail transects most of the 100 hectare area of garden, park, forest, fields and beaches that is owned by the Moesgaard Museum. Along the route are several reconstructed prehistoric buildings and burial mounds. The trail also passes through the Prehistoric Forest, an area divided into sections representing the successive forest types of Denmark since the ice sheets of the last ice age retreated. The idea for this unique trail was conceived in the 1950s by renowned Danish archaeologist P.V. Glob. Points of interests – both historical and biological – are explained on information boards along the trail.
A pamphlet published by the museum in 1973, describes the trail this way : “The Prehistoric Trail leads you through a piece of the most beautiful nature in Denmark.”
For the most part the the trail is marked by large white stones adorned with a red dot. It is an easy walk although parts of the trail is not suited for strollers or people with mobility difficulties. Public toilets can be found at Moesgaard Museum (free) and at the beach.
This walk assumes a start at the Moesgård Manor near the Moesgaard Museum but you can also start at Moesgård Beach. Moesgaard Museum is located about 10 kilometers south of Denmark’s second-largest city Aarhus and is easy to reach both by car and bus. There are city buses (yellow) from the center of Aarhus stopping at 1 Moesgaard Museum (line 18) and at 1 Moesgård Beach (line 31, April – September).