Ribe Travel Guide

  • The town from the church spire
    The town from the church spire
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  • Ribe

    Ribe used to be the first capital of Danmark and also a place with great childhood-memories for myself. When coming to Ribe you will first of all realize that the church is quite a bit oversized for such a relatively small town, but when you will learn that it was the church for all of the surrounding villages as well, you will understand. The old...

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  • Ribe

    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...

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  • exploring the old town

    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...

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  • Sankta Catharinae Kirke

    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.

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  • From the Borgertarnet

    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.

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  • The Domkirke

    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...

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  • Fiskergade

    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...

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  • Town Hall

    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...

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  • Wandering through the streets

    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...

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  • Ribe Domkirke (Cathedral)

    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...

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  • Ribe Viking Center

    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.

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  • Ribe Vikingecenter

    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...

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Ribe Hotels

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  • Ribe Byferie

    Damvej 34, Ribe, 6760, Denmark

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Fru Mathies

    Saltgade 15, Ribe, Denmark

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Dagmar Hotel

    Torvet 1, 6760 Ribe

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Ribe Restaurants

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    by piccolina Written Oct 15, 2003

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    A very long wait (1 hour and a half) for a well cooked food, but too small quantity, so small that when we went out, we looked for a snack in another place.

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Ribe Transportation

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    by metteks Written Jul 12, 2005

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    Ribe is a station on the Tønder - Esbjerg railway line, which is now run by Arriva, instead of DSB. The station has a little shop, ticket office and toilets. The train runs in each direction every hour on weekdays, and on weekends and after 6 pm. every two hours.
    The station is placed in the town center and the trains are reliable.

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Ribe Local Customs

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    by globetrott Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    When walking in the side-streets of Ribe or any other old village in Danmark, take a closer look at the large variety of great and colorfull doors. There seems to be a competition among the many house-owners to have the most beautiful entrance-door, while the faceds of the houses are mostly alike in red bricks.

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  • The Flood Column

    On Fiskergade, there is a flood column with marks of how high the flood waters rose throughout time. The top ring was from a flood in 1634, when the waters rose 6 meters high.

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  • Doors of Ribe

    Like a lot of towns with 16th and 17th century homes in Denmark, Ribe is filled with a lot of brightly colored doors.

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