Other sights in Ribe
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First-time visitors may be bemused to see passers-by stare inquisitively at the roof of the old town hall. Put simply, they’re bird-watching, and have been caught up in the ‘stork culture’ this town cherishes. This is the oldest rådhus (1496) in Denmark and was used as a courthouse until 2006 – these days it’s a popular spot for civil weddings. As well as ceremonial artefacts, there’s a collection of medieval weapons and the executioner’s axe.
To better come to grips with Ribe’s Viking and medieval history, head along to see the informative displays of the Museum of Ribe’s Vikings. Two rooms provide snapshots of the town in AD 800 and during medieval times in 1500. These portrayals are complemented by rare archaeological finds and good explanations, which add real substance to the tales. There’s also a thought-provoking 30-minute video of the legendary Viking era.