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Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark, is located near The Wadden Sea. The medieval town has preserved its unique history for thousands of years. Its rich culture, arts and historical sites such as Ribe VikingeCenter and The Cathedral make it one of the top 10 must-visit places in Denmark. We interviewed Jane Madvig Søndergaard of VisitRibe to discover a local insight into the captivating culture and stunning sights that Ribe has to offer.
Authentic, charming, romantic
It is the oldest town, not only in Denmark, but in Scandinavia. The medieval town is extremely well preserved, and the town history is unique. The local people are very proud of their town and do a lot to preserve the unique atmosphere and architecture. Ribe is located near The Wadden Sea National Park, which is Denmark’s biggest national park and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list 2014.
Ribe has a lot to offer, from the medieval town to the vikings, the art and culture and the national park.
The construction of the Cathedral, starting in year 1150 and going on until about 1250.
The Cathedral and a trip up the Commoner’s Tower, which is 52 meters high, Medieval town center, Viking Museum, VikingeCenter, Ribe Art Museum, Wadden Sea Center and the national park and the island Mandø.
The Cathedral, [Ribe] Art Museum or a guided walk in the old cobblestoned streets of Ribe. Join the Night Watchman on his round through the town in the evening.
Our locally brewed beer from Ribe Bryghus, dried flatfish and marsh lamb.
Restaurant Kolvig, Hotel Dagmar, Restaurant Sælhunden.
There’s a secret underground passage, running from Riberhus Castle ruin to the Cathedral. Through the years, children in Ribe have tried to find the secret passage, but without any luck.
Except from the above, it could be to look at Starling Magic. Go out in The National Park Wadden Sea to visit the island of Mandø, maybe continue on a Seal Safari or Oyster Safari. We have a wide range of things to do both in The National Park Wadden Sea and in the medieval town.
For events around the year, look at www.visitribe.dk
A ‘go’ gammeldaws’ ice cream from ‘Isvaflen,’ with a home-baked cone, and delicious ice cream.
Meadow of the Heads (Hovedengen) leading down to Ribe River. Today the meadow is preserved and part of the Wadden Sea National Park. In the 1500s, there was much trouble with pirates in the North Sea. At that time, Hovedengen was known as Todes or Tuodes Eng (Tuodes Meadow). Since then, it has popularly been called Hovedengen (Meadow of the Heads). As far back as Valdemar the Great’s time (1131-1182), it was customary to put the pirates’ decapitated heads on stakes at the entrance to the harbor as a frightful warning to those who might want to try their luck to be pirates and to the delight of peaceful local merchants.
Ribe is one of the winners of The Culture Trip’s Denmark Local Favorite 2015 Award. The Local Favorite badge is awarded to our favorite local towns, restaurants, artists, galleries, and everything in between. We are passionate about showcasing popular local talents on a global scale, so we have cultivated a carefully selected, but growing community.
Interview by Isabelle Pitman