Viking Exhibition in the Lokschuppen Opens with Kathrein as Main Sponsor
“Vikings didn’t have helmets with horns and, in the first place, the Viking race or people as such didn’t exist,” explains the special show’s curator, Dr. Michaela Helmbrecht. It was more of an “occupational title” really. The Vikings were in fact no ethnic group at all. The “Viking” designation is a collective term for different peoples from the North who all of a sudden set out to raid the European continent from the ninth century on. Who it was exactly who was attacking them was not so important to the people of Central Europe at the time. For them the “barbarians” who had come across the sea from afar were simply terrible, i.e. they were all just “Vikings”.
The expeditions and conquests of the Northern Europeans are the exhibition’s main topics. Where did the Norsemen travel to on their voyages? Where did they plunder, where did they trade? How did they build their ships, how did they navigate on the high seas? “Visitors receive answers to all these questions not only with the aid of original finds, but also using faithful reconstructions of ship’s parts as well as interactive stations and films,” says Helmbrecht.
Entertainment at high scientific standards
The Veranstaltungs + Kongress GmbH Rosenheim (VKR) (event and congress organiser) has invested around 2.5 million euros in the elaborate exhibition. “We exhibit according to the highest scientific standards. This year we are once again combining these standards with an entertaining and family-friendly presentation,” explains Peter Lutz, Managing Director of VKR. Germany’s currently biggest Viking exhibition extending over 1,500 square metres illustrates that the true history of the Scandinavian peoples in the early middle ages was even more exciting than all the existing legends and myths.
Exciting programme for children
The makers of the exhibition paid special attention to what children like: The walk-in 17 metre long ship replica from the movie “Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods” has anchored in the heart of Rosenheim. The Lokschuppen also reports that it has further improved its educational features. This year’s topical guided tours for pupils of all ages (which are based on the school syllabus) have been designed with even greater focus on the specific target group. The children can deepen their newly gained knowledge in workshops. They can build “sea-worthy” Viking ships, small bronze treasure chests or key fobs with rune designs.
The Lokschuppen and Kathrein flagships united
“We are proud to be one of the supporters of this extremely interesting and superbly executed exhibition this year, too,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group. The Lokschuppen, like Kathrein, is one of the most well-known flagships of the City of Rosenheim.”
VKR is expecting up to 200,000 visitors to the Viking exhibition – an important factor for tourism. Last year approximately 190,000 visitors came to see the “Rain Forest” exhibition. Since the exhibition centre first opened in 1988, around four million visitors came to the Lokschuppen.