Ribe is Denmark’s and Scandinavian’s oldest town, established in the early eighth century. There are a lot of charming old houses around and about 110 houses of them are under Heritage Protection.
As Ribe is really old city, you can find a lot of firsts and only’s in this place:
- Ribe Cathedral is Denmark’s only five-aisled church
- Ribe Cathedral was the first Christian church in Denmark
- Ribe Cathedral is the best preserved Romanesque building in Denmark
- Ribe Katedralskole is the oldest continuously existing school in Scandinavia
- Nederdammen 31 is the oldest half-timbered house in Denmark
- 1. and 2. Sct. Nicolai Gade is the first pedestrian street in Denmark
4 things you have to do in Ribe:
1. Stroll around the city
It is really charming medieval city that went through a lot during its history – wars, many fires, reformation. And all of those events left a visible footprint on the city. The city itself cannot grow anymore as all unoccupied areas are flooded quite often and no house can stand on those lands.
While you stroll around take a look at the houses, on some of them there are plates with names on them. Those are the names of all famous people who used to live in Ribe and there is a lot of them!
How to see the city:
Whatever option you will choose I am sure you are going to love it!
2. Follow the Night Watchman
In the night, join the Night Watchman, when he walks around the city making sure it’s peaceful and safe. Listen to the stories he tells about history of Ribe and events that happened in the past. Listen to the song the watchman sings while going through the dark alleys of the city. Just don’t miss it!
This amazing tour is free, takes 45 minutes and it’s done both in Danish and English.
For detailed schedule click here.
3. Enter Ribe Cathedral and climb the tower
I have already mentioned why the Ribe Cathedral is unique. It is a nice church but I would not call it exceptional.
However, you should definitely try climbing stairs to the top of the tower. From there you can see the whole city, with all the unique buildings and scenery and Wadden Sea in the distance.
4. Visit Ribe Viking Center
Experience a walk in a viking village. Take a chance to talk to some of the viking and ask them about everything, from the history of vikings in Denmark to their daily struggles in the real life. Observe their craft and if you like something, buy a souvenir.
Enter all houses and explore the surroundings. You are allowed to wander everywhere, so take a chance and find your inner kid 😉
There are a lot of activities you can be part of. Try archery, observe the show with owls, hawks and eagles, or cheer up vikings fighting in the battle.
This is trully amazing place both for grown ups and kids – so check it out!
You can check prices, opening hours and events under this link.
Come back tomorrow to read about Mandø!