"The area at the mouth of the Oder was inhabited by a thriving Slav tribe of the Wolinians with its main town in Wolin. Wolin is mentioned by Arabic chroniclers as the most beautiful port of the Baltic Sea and the city of twelve gates. Situated at the trade route, Wolin attracted traders, travellers and contemporary pirates – the Vikings. At the end of the 10th century, in Wolin lived an expelled Danish king – Harald Bluetooth – an alleged founder of Jomsborg, the Viking village at the mouth of the Oder. Probably, somewhere at the mouth of the Oder there was Vineta, a legendary port, one of the biggest cities at the Baltic Sea at that time. Even today, the exact location of Vineta remains a mystery. The legend of the rich city survived for several hundred years. In the 18th century, the inhabitants of Wolin were frantically searching for hidden treasures, even in their own houses, digging up cellars to such an extent that the walls of their houses started cracking.
Archaeologists still look for these treasures. They have found the only existing medieval compass, fragments of ships, a port, a former temple, jewellery and weapon. The total weight of discovered silver and gold amounts to over 11 kilos.
In the villages of Slavs and Vikings, you can visit a number of houses, among others the house of an amber jeweller, minter, potter or a fisherman. The houses are surrounded by fortifications and a tower with a gate. An interesting attraction are two runic stones of which one is dedicated to Świętosława, a daughter of Mieszko I of Poland and the second to the Norwegian King – Olaf Tryggvason. In the open-air museum, there are organised workshops of ancient crafts, and every summer a great outdoor event ‘The Slavs and Vikings Festival’ takes place there.”