We have entered the land of my fore-fathers, Denmark. Growing up I had always identified with my mother’s side of the family, the German side. More than likely that is because we spent so much time in Munich with my mother’s family and never heard a word about Denmark from my father.
We find ourselves in Ribe, an ancient viking village on the west coast of Denmark. This is the area that Jodi tells me my ancestors come from originally. So, naturally, like any lost son of Vikings, we had to take time to investigate this ancient Viking sea faring village.
Things to See and Do in Ribe Denmark
Ribe is a wonderful little town! The architecture, the setting, the friendly people. We had a wonderful experience here.
It is said the Ribe is one of Denmark’s oldest towns, and this just added to our enjoyment, because we relish soaking up the atmosphere that permeates places like this.
Ride Viking Center: While here we visited the center, as would any descendant of Viking stock. The Ribe Viking Center is a reconstructed Viking settlement complete with costumed characters, a market, a farm, and hands-on activities. This is so very cool.
Ribe Domkirke: This is one impressive cathedral. Dating back to 948, (948! Wow) this is the oldest in Denmark.
The Night Watchman’s Tour: These types of tours are always a lot of fun, just like the one in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany, one of the nice things is that it is free. The tour is run twice a night from May-October, and is a great way to take in the enchanting village while soaking up a bit of history. They depart from out front of Weis Stue, on Torvet.
Places to Stay in Ribe Denmark
If you, like us, want to stay as close to things as possible, then let us recommend you investigate bed and breakfast Den Gamle Kobmandsgard. It is only a mere 300 meters from the Dom Kirke. Nice and convenient, eh? This is such a homey place to stay, comfortable, warm, inviting! In a word, simple. Darn near perfect, in fact.