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Sierhagen Steingrab

Burial Chamber (Dolmen) in Schleswig-Holstein.

I will never forget my visit to 'Gut Sierhagen'.

I arrived there early afternoon on a very hot blue sky saturday. There I saw that Sierhagen is in fact a so called 'Gut', a very big area of privat poperty, owned by the aristocratic 'Plessen' family (I found out later).

There are at least two megalithic tombs in this area, plus a number of Round Barrows. You just can't go there, there are 'Private Property' signs everywhere.

As I stood there in front of the castle, I descided to make a phonecall. I called an operator and asked for the numbers of Sierhagen. I got two, one for the administration and ... the number of family Plessen. A call at the administration had no success, it was weekend after all. I thought 'what can you loose' and called the Plessen number. After a number of rings an elderly lady took the phone. I introduced myself and asked her right away if I can drive on the property and take pictures of the 'Steinzeit' tombs.

She was very friendly, and allowed me to go anywhere, just not damage anything. As I asked her for the name (I didn't catch it clearly before), so I could refer to her, in case someone ask me, she said 'Graefin (Countess) Plessen'.

Now I was on my way. First i drove to this tomb, north of the castle. It is in the middle of a field, but there was a track that i could walk to the barrow. It is an overgrown mound of oval shape 25 by 20 metres. As I circled arround it, I spotted a little path into the bushes. I went through, and there it was.

At least I could see the west part of the tomb, five orthostats and two of the sunken capstones. According to the description of Sprockhoff, there should be four remaining orthostats on the eastern side and three more capstones. Also, there was a mighty tree thrown on top of the stones, the local workers didn't show a lot of respect for the ancient barrow.

At this point I would like to tell my big thanks to Graefin Plessen.

P.S.: What I nearly forgot to mention, is the breathtaking beauty of the landscape arround Sierhagen. Words can't tell, pictures show only a bit. All those mighty trees, the wild animals. (in fact I saw free mufflons for the first time)

Sievershagen Huegelgrab

Round Barrow in Schleswig-Holstein, near Sievershagen...

Cismar Steingrab

Burial Chamber (Dolmen) in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg

Remains of a Burial Chamber east of Cismar.

Kellenhusen Steingrab

Passage Grave in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg

Remains of a 'Holsteiner Kammer' in a forest north of Kellenhusen.

Grossenbrode Huenengrab

Long Barrow in Schleswig-Holstein.

If you drive the A1 Autobahn to the island Fehmarn, you cross the Baltic Sea on the Fehmarnsund bridge.

The bridge starts at the most remote tip of the Wagrien peninsula, and here, just a little to the north, one of the biggest Long Barrows of Germany was build. With 100m length it is almost the same size like the 'Visbeker Braut' or the 'West Kennett Long Barrow'.

Just there is no visible chamber, and also most of the remaining stonerows are overgrown.

What is so unique about this barrow is the breathtaking beauty of the location and the surrounding landscape. Standing at the north end of the barrow (it ws build in north south direction) near the mighty 2,5m 'Waechterstein', you will have a perfect view out to the Baltic Sea and over the 'Sund' to Fehmarn.

So, you must have had a perfect view on the barrow from all the ships that sailed the route through the 'Sund'. It must have been a very impressive sight when the stones still stood there in good order.

Staberdorf Steinkammergrab

Passage Grave in Schleswig-Holstein.

Island of Fehmarn, in the Baltic Sea.

Staberdorf is in the south-east corner of the island. North of Staberdorf is the highest point of Fehmarn, the 'Hinrichsberg' with only 27 meters height.

The Steinkammergrab tomb is almost exactly at the highest point.

Katharinenhof Urdolmen

Long Barrow with Urdolmen in Schleswig-Holstein.

Island of Fehmarn, in the Baltic Sea. Near the eastern coastline, south of Katharinenhof.

Remains of a 10 x 15 Meters hunebed.

On the eastern end a completely intact chamber, an 'Urdolmen'.

Katharinenhof Steingrab

Passage Grave in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg

Island of Fehmarn, in the Baltic Sea.

Near the eastern coastline, south-west of the Katharinenhof campsite, you can find another megalithic tomb.

Albertsdorf Dolmen (Fehmarn)

Burial Chamber (Dolmen) in Schleswig-Holstein.

On the island Fehmarn, Baltic Sea.

Very close to the beach, a surfers paradise, now in a little forest, there is one of the few remaining tombs on Fehmarn Island.

Not much place there, you can just walk arround it, so i couldn't get a nice total shot.

One of the uprights is missing.

Trivia: In the 19th century this dolmen was used as a landmark for passing ships. There was no forest then, so they painted a big white cross on the capstone (check picture on official sign).

This may have saved the dolmen from destruction.

These are two of those three tombs.

In the background, the Baltic Sea.

Behind those trees on the right is the campsite.

sidenote: if you go here, and you feel hungry, go to the little retaurant there called TONI. order the 'Sauerfleisch mit Bratkartoffeln'. you will never forget those potatoes. :-)

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