The port and the landing bridge
The place for transshipment
Several landing bridges were located at the port, extending a long way into the Haddebyer Noor. They stand at the end of a development: initially the ships were drawn to the shore, later small landing stages were erected, improving access to the loaded vehicles. Later, large landing bridges enabled the loaded draught trade ships to anchor afloat. Thus, the landing bridges were an important set-up for the sea trading venue Haithabu.
During the course of time, the individual port buildings were interconnected with intermediate buildings, thus forming a huge wooden platform. The landing bridges were repeatedly extended over time as the water depth no longer sufficed due to the disposal of waste in the Noor port area and simultaneous increasing size of the trading ships. This measure was essential for the survival of the sea trading venue, in order to enable continued participation in trade.
As shown by the extensive material found from the port of Haithabu, the wide-ranging port facilities not only served the needs of trade shipping or from intended easing of the merchandise handling between ships and the land. Trade business took place simultaneously on the successively arising wooden platform and it is believed that merchandise was also stored there intermediately in the short-term – so the port of Haithabu served the densely built-up settlement as a marketplace.