The nature surrounding Moesgaard Museum and Moesgaard Manor is wonderful all year long. Forests and beaches. Trails and bike routes. Big sky.
A walk around Moesgaard Museum is an experience in its own right. Visit the park and walk on the trails by the old manor. Take a stroll to ‘Skovmøllen’, the old restored water mill, which is also a well-attended restaurant.
A walk on the Prehistory Trail is also a lovely experience. The distance between Moesgaard Manor and Moesgaard Beach offers sightings of burial mounds and restored houses from the prehistoric eras.
The Prehistory Trail
The land surrounding Moesgaard comprises 100 hectares of park, forest, fields and beaches. The area extends from the museum building all the way to the sea.
The four kilometers long Prehistory Trail stretches through this area and brings you on an adventurous walk in one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Jutland’s nature. The trail is marked with white stones adorned with a red dot.
The trail goes from the Manor Park over open pastures, through forest and marsh along the Giber Å all the way to Moesgaard Beach and back again to the Manor through the beautiful forest.
En route, you will pass the old water mill, reconstructed prehistoric houses and landmarks from past eras, such as the Stigsnæs barrow, which was moved to Moesgaard, when it was not possible to preserve it in its original surrounding. The walk ends by the reconstructed stave church from the town of Hørning.
Signposts along the trail tell the stories of the landmarks.
The Tustrup House
When you take a walk on the Prehistory Trail towards Moesgaard Beach, you will encounter the Tustrup House in the middle of an open grass pasture close to the water.
The reconstructed house was originally located in the town of Tustrup north of Aarhus and was used for religious ceremonies. It was a place where people brought presents for their dead: food placed in clay bowls. The niche in the Northern wall may have been a grave.
A burial site from the Stone Age
The Tustrup House was discovered close to two passage graves and a stone barrow. The burial site dates back to appr. 2,500 years BC. The house was badly burned and parts of the birch roof was on the floor. Across these remains were scorched wall planks covered with stones from the walls. The thickness and height of the walls could be precisely measured from the excavation. The original construction site is preserved in Tustrup with the passage graves.
The Tustrup House may well have been a house where dead bodies were kept until their flesh had rotted away and the remaining bones could be moves to a passage grave or stone barrow.