The atmosphere in the medieval city centre cannot be described in words. It has to be experienced. The cobbled narrow streets, the well-preserved houses and plaques each tell their part of the proud history that stretches back to around 710 AD.
From here trading between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe began, followed by the spreading of Christianity, with Ribe maintaining its greatness well into the Middle Ages. Denmark is famous for its Vikings, and from Ribe their wooden ship set out into Europe to trade - and spread terror as well. This dramatic early history is in evidence in many city locations. Today, there is a peaceful, cosy ambience everywhere - in the pedestrian street, the art museum, the abbey and the old eateries.
Only the rushing water of the water mills, the sound of bells and the evening song of the night watchman break the silence. Set aside plenty of time to pay a visit to Ribe Cathedral. From its tower you can gaze out over the Wadden Sea National Park, which is a Unesco World Heritage attraction, and glimpse the architectural gem - the Wadden Sea Centre. This captivating sight calls for closer exploration.