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Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Museum in Ribe

Ribe VikingeCenter

Embrace your inner Viking (ignore any pillaging tendencies, OK?) at this fun, hands-on, open-air museum. It re-creates a slice of life in Viking-era Ribe using various reconstructions, including a 34m longhouse. The…
Top Choice Museum in Ribe

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…
Top Choice Danish in Ribe

Sælhunden

This handsome old black-and-white inn is by the riverfront, with outdoor seating by the Johanne Dan boat. Sælhund means seal, so it’s no surprise there's quality seafood in traditional Danish guises, including lunch…
Top Choice 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…
Area in Ribe

Historic Ribe

For a leisurely stroll that takes in some of Ribe’s handsome half-timbered homes and idyllic cobbled lanes, head along any of the streets radiating out from Torvet (note that the night-watchman walks cover much of t…
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…
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…
International in Ribe

Hotel Dagmar

The town's main hotel, in plum position by the cathedral, has two main restaurants: the more refined Restaurant Dagmar (three courses for 385kr), plus Vægterkælderen, the 'night-watchman’s cellar', which makes for a…
Cafe in Ribe

Postgaarden

Postgaarden has a range of Danish and international microbrews for sale in its gourmet food and wine store, and a changing selection of boutique (and sometimes obscure) brews on tap to accompany its cafe-style menu,…