Our world is not as big as it was 20 years ago. High technologies, jets, low – cost carriers have made international tourism quite ordinary pastime. I invite you to travel around Denmark – an extraordinary, diverse, in a way unique and fabulous country. This country can boast its best underground in Europe, high life standards, rich cultural heritage, clean environment, high technologies in foods, power engineering, architecture and design. So, I offer you 7 wonders of Denmark, which are must-sees.
Distance to Copenhagen: 283 km
Population: 8 192 people at the beginning 2011
Town fact file: Ribe is the oldest danish city. In 860 Saint Ansgar, with the permission of King Eric of Jutland, built a church in Ribe. Recording of this event in the city chronicle is the first written mention of Ribe in danish history.
Location: in the south west of Copenhagen:
Video about Ribe:
Ribe's city architecture are very interesting for all tourists: Cobbled streets, medieval town houses, churches and monasteries. The city was a great seaport for a while in the past. But over time, the delta of the river on which the sailors came into the sea, brought silt and now Ribe it is not easy to reach from the water side.
Main city sights: Viking museum (Museet Ribes Vikinger)
The Viking Museum is located in the central part of the city, and tells the story of the city from the Viking Age until 1700. Opening hours: every day from 10 am till 4 pm. Admission fee: adults - 70 DKK, children under 17 years ols free of charge.
Dome Cathedral (12th century building)
It is the only church in Denmark, which has five naves. In general, the cathedral built in the Romanesque style, with some parts that was built later on in Gothic styly.
Former Town Hall
The house was built in 1496, and in 1709 was acquired by the city council, to be used as a Town Hall. Before the house was the mayor's office, here lived among others Anders Bording, who published the first newspaper in Denmark. On the door of the Town Hall depicts the city emblem: the cathedral and three royal lions.
Functions of the City Hall building were fulfilled up until 2007, nowadays weddings and official receptions take place. The official institution moved to Esbjerg recently. If you want to visit the Town Hall, a good idea is to pay a visit the local museum - the old debtor's prison, which houses medieval weapons of night watchmen mace and the sword of the executioner. Guides usually tell the story that when in the town of Varde a criminal was hung, his mother said to her son before his execution: "Thank God you were not brought before a court in Ribe" - so severe were local laws.
Riberhus Castle and Statue of Queen Dagmar
It is believed that the castle Riberhus was founded by King Niels shortly after celebrating his son's wedding here in 1127. During the Danish - Swedish War (1644) swedish troops occupied the castle, and the Danes were forced to fire their fortress from the tower of the cathedral. In 1685 the castle was in ruins, which zealous citizens immediately took away as building materials.
By the XV century there were about a dozen monasteries of various orders around Ribe, as well as churches, orphanages, hospices, hospitals and schools.
Reformation swept across Europe, and destroyed the monastries, and in Ribe remained only one monastery with the church. The oldest building in Denmark (built in 1489)
On the waterfront Skibbereen, intersecting with Overdammen, there is a post flood since 1634, which is a wooden pole on which the iron rings marked the water level from the previous floods, for example in 1634 - 6 m above the ordinary!
The water washed away part of the city, killed app. 8 000 people, flooded the cathedral (there is an appropriate mark about it on the Cathedral building).
The oldest pub in Denmark
Night walk through the city with the city guard
The guards can be accompanied in his daily walk around the city in the period from 1 May to 15 September (for information, please contact the tourist office Ribe). Night watchmen - people who know the traditions and are eager to tell the tales and legends. From their mouths you can hear the history of the city of fires, floods and witches.
Town photo gallery:
More information about Ribe: official city website.
In the village of Vikings local enthusiasts give their tribute to history creating replicas of Viking ships. Doing so, they not only meticulously reproduce the parts of the vessel kit and materials, but also the ship building process that involves medieval tools. The results are so successful that five newly-built vessels are used for tourist voyages of various distances.
From 14 May to 30 September it is possible to cross the fjord of Roskilde by Viking ship. All the participants of the voyage will be involved in the process: setting the mast, rowing and probably steering. The ship leaves every day at different time. So it is required to find out the time of leaving in the ticket office at the entrance to the museum of Viking ships. The journey time is 50 minutes, including distribution of life jackets, learning about the ship and an intensive rowing course. Children under 4 are not allowed on board. Each child must be accompanied by at least one adult.
That will be the start of our excursion around this marvelous town. Having walked along the fjord, we will visit the Viking ship building museum, located nearby. Here everybody can put on Viking clothing, try a heavy sword, sign in the visitors’ book, write their names in the ancient runic letters, look closer at the process of making a sail for a Viking ship, watch a 14-minute video about the life of the Vikings of the time and visit a ship building workshop, where the Viking ships are restored.
In addition, in summer from 25 June to 31 August you can also (at extra cost):
- make your personal Viking coin as a souvenir
- paint a wooden shield according to the individual design
- make a chain of glass beads
- make an amulet with Thor’s hammer
- make a rope out of willow branches
- carve their names on wood in runic characters.
Video about a boat trip:
In 1020 Roskilde became the bishop’s residence, which made this town stand out of the other settlements at once and till the early 15th century it was the capital of the Danish state, but not Copenhagen. It was the place of the monarch residence and the most important decisions were made here too. Therefore, learning more about the epoch of the Vikings we will go to the city museum, where we will be able to see genuine artefacts of the Danish past, trace the history of fashion, furniture, toys and household items of Roskilde citizens.
Unfortunately, ancient original houses have not been preserved in the old capital of Denmark – the town of Roskilde. All of them were demolished either by fire or subject to reconstruction. However, there is a breath-taking place in the town – it is St. Lucius Cathedral, where 39 members of the royal family were buried. In 1170 bishop Absalon – not only a clergy man, a politician and a warrior, but also the founder of Copenhagen started building a new stone cathedral, which was to become the most important cathedral in Denmark. Construction lasted nearly 100 years and was completed in 1280. It required about three million bricks. Today Saint Lucius’s cathedral is a bright specimen of the brick Gothics, in 1995 included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
A walk along the tombs is like a journey along the history of Denmark. The cathedral is divided into 6 large tombs where monarchs of different epochs were buried. Those who found their eternal rest here include:
- Margret I, who managed to unite all Scandinavian states under the Danish umbrella;
- Christian III – the founder of the Danish Protestantism;
- Frederik II, who built Frederiksborg castle;
- Christian IV, who was marked in the history as the "king – builder";
- Frederik V, who the Danes nicknamed the "Kindest", despite his highly loose morale;
- Christian VII, whose name is associated with one of the largest scandals in the history of Denmark.
- Frederik VII, who gave the "green light" to the Constitution of Denmark
- Christian IX, who was called the "European father-in-law", for he managed to arrange family ties with a number of royal families in Europe and many other members of the royal family.
Tour length: 4,5 - 5 hours
1 - 3 people 360 euro*
4 - 7 people 360 euro* plus minibus rental (200 euro)
8 - 15 people upon request.
The price includes the transfer to the museum and guide’s services. The entrance tickets to the Viking shipbuilding museum and the cathedral as well as the food and drinks are not included into the price.
*If during the excursion you have an opportunity and willingness to take a trip on a Viking boat across the fjord, you should take into account the extra time of the guide’s work (50 euro per hour) and the price of boat tickets (95 DKK or 13 euro per person)
Specifics of the tour: an opportunity to see the way the Vikings lived, travelled and entertained themselves. This place will be especially interesting for the children as they will be able to represent the Viking personages and experience their life both on land and in water. During the walk along the royal tombs, we will plunge into the history of the Danish kingdom based on the example of its rulers of the past and present.
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