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Ribe Kunstmuseum

An undeniable benefit of being the oldest town in the land is the opportunity to amass an impressive art collection. Ribe’s beautifully restored art museum has been able to acquire some of Denmark’s best works, incl…
Church in Ribe

Ribe Domkirke

Dominating Ribe’s skyline is the impressive Ribe Cathedral, which dates back to at least 948 (the earliest record of the existence of a bishop in Ribe) – making it the oldest in Denmark. The cathedral was largely re…
Church in Ribe

Sankt Catharinæ Kirke

Founded by Spanish Blackfriars in 1228, St Catharine’s Church was originally built on reclaimed marshland, but it eventually collapsed. The present structure dates from the 15th century. Of the 13 churches built dur…
Museum in Ribe

Ribe VikingeCenter

Embrace your inner Viking (ignore any pillaging tendencies, ok?) at this hands-on, open-air museum. It attempts to re-create a slice of life in Viking-era Ribe using various reconstructions, including a 34m longhous…
Danish in Ribe

Sælhunden

This handsome old black-and-white restaurant is by the riverfront, with outdoor seating by the Johanne Dan boat. Sælhund means seal, so it’s no surprise this place dedicates itself to serving quality seafood in trad…
Danish in Ribe

Weis Stue

Don’t come here looking for modern, could-be-anywhere cuisine. As befits the setting (one of Denmark’s oldest inns, wonky and charming), the menu is a traditionalist’s dream. The large meat-and-potatoes portions are…
Danish in Ribe

Kolvig

Kolvig’s alfresco terrace overlooks the river, offering prime Ribe-watching. The menu is the most ambitious in town, showcasing local produce; most interesting is the delicious tapas plate of Wadden Sea flavours, in…
European in Ribe

Vægterkælderen

In summer you won’t catch anyone down in the ‘night-watchman’s cellar’ at Hotel Dagmar – they’re all dining alfresco on the main square. The cellar's timber-heavy decor seems made for cold weather – soft leather ban…
Museum in Ribe

Museet Ribes Vikinger

To better come to grips with Ribe’s Viking and medieval history, visit the informative displays of the Museum of Ribe’s Vikings. Two rooms provide snapshots of the town in 800 and during medieval times in 1500. Thes…
Historic Building in Ribe

Den Gamle Rådhus

This is the oldest town hall (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 an exhibit on local law and order …