I loved the Vikingmuseum very much and also the old houses in Ribe. The cathedral is much too big for so a small village and it is also a good place to take a look over the landscape from churchtower. My favorite lunch there was Smoerrebröd it is like a open sandwich in danish style, tastes very fine. Beer and all other alcohol is a lot more expensive than in Austria.
we took a train from esbjerg to ribe just to walk around and experience the historic old town.
The buildings date back 500 or so years and some of them are literally leaning through age. we walked around the cobbled streets and ate lunch in a very pleasant restaurant.
It was a trip worth taking as there was not a lot to do in esbjerg itself and i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys looking around towns with a bit of history.
This simple late Gothic church dates back to the XV century but has been recently restored. It has a romanic style tower. I particularly appreciated the garden on the right side of the church, surrounded by the former monastery buildings. Beautiful red roses grow in a gorgeous setting.
The view enjoyed from the Borgertarnet is an exciting experience. Ribe seen from above seems cut off definitely from the flat marshlands that surround it. The sight reaches the North Sea at the horizon. Beware of the last steps that are very steep.
Ribe's Cathedral is stunning. What strikes at a first blink is its setting in the middle of the Torvet, actually surrounded by it. Its powerful and etherogeneous structure is consequence of three art periods: the romanic one (see the facade), the gothic (clear in the squared tower) and the late gothic. The inside is beautiful and there is plenty of light coming through the windows. What surprised me were the frescoes on the apse: they were painted in the eighties by Pedersen and create a contrast with the old atmosphere of the church.
Visiting this street is important in terms of understanding Ribe. The town started as an inland port and was founded roughly in 700, and for many years was used as a port, until around the 1600s or so, when apparently the river had sanded up. The narrow width of the river and the declining need to have a port inland may have also contributed to its demise.
The wharf is lined with 17th century homes, many of which were built after the great fire of 1580.
Some of the old cranes used to haul merchandise have been left in tact.
Another building with interesting history, the Town Hall was built for commerce around 1500, later was a residence, and was converted into a Town Hall in 1709. The building functions as a town hall--I did not get a chance to visit inside because it was February and visiting hours were short, but even without going inside you could feel its impact on the architectural landscape.
Just about every street in Ribe is well-preserved and the half-timbered homes and brightly-painted doors are in abundance. Few homes were built after the 1700s within the town center area. The narrow streets lined with one-story homes have an intimate feel, so much that you feel guilty being a tourist because people's windows are merely 3 to 6 feet away when you take a picture. It makes you feel a bit sorry for the residents, some of whom are probably thinking of selling of their homes to antique dealers and kitsch merchants. But , what the hell, go on then, and sneak a few photos in.
Begun in 1150 the Cathedral in Ribe, as you can gather from the photo, is an amalgamation of clashing building styles, making for an eclectic-looking building consisting of two towers. The tower to the left is a stone spire, built in the 1200s, and the tower to the right is made of brick and built in 1333, which replaced what was a second stone tower.
Climbing the tower you get a great view of the surrounding countryside. Looking around throughout Ribe, in certain directions the medieval town ends right where farmland begins with nothing "modern" in between, making for a unique view.
Because of Ribe's historical importance, I'd highly recommend Ribe Viking Center, which details the progress of this fascinating village as well as its importance on Danish life when it was one of Denmark's largest cities 500 to 1000 years ago.
Lying less than a kilometer south of the town's historic core, this Viking center is affiliated with Ribe Vikinger. The highlight of the center is a re-created Viking town from 1050, showing the type of houses you would find in the early Middle Ages. The centerpiece of the town is a so-called "great house," showing a type of Danish manor that would have been occupied by the town's most powerful baron.
Has been the first and the last viking village that we visited, ...because very soon we discovered that every village has his onw vikingecenter.....
Hours May 12-Sept 25 Tues-Sun 11am-4pm
This museum traces the story of Ribe through exhibition; it depicts the Viking age and the medieval period. Actual archaeological finds are displayed, along with such reconstructed scenes as a Viking marketplace, dating from around 800, and a church building site from around 1500. A multimedia room, "Odin's Eye," introduces the visitor to the world of the Vikings through a vivid sound and vision experience: there is only one problem, because it is in danish language!...do you speak danish?
Hours :June 15-Sept 14 daily 10am-6pm; Apr-June 14 and Sept 15-Oct daily 10am-4pm; Nov-Mar Tues-Sun 10am-4pm
Prices : Admission 50DKK (€ 7) adults, 20DKK (€ 3) children