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ABOVE: A view of Ribe from the
Cathedral tower, where--if you're lucky--you may see a stork flying to its nest.
How to reach Ribe
Ribe is 30 km (19 mi) from the North Sea ferry terminal at
Esbjerg, or 50 km (31 mi) north of Tønder near the German border. If you're
driving from Copenhagen, take the E66 to the junction with highway 32 near
Vejen, then head southwest on 32 to Ribe. Driving is simple enough: Just buy a
map and follow the highway signs. (We recommend the 1:200000 Færdselskort
map series from Denmark's Geodætisk Institut, which are available in most
Danish bookstores.) Or use the route planners on our Europe Travel Planner's Driving
in Europe: General Information page.
For tips on travel by air, train, or bus, see the Ribe Tourist
Office's Web site (link below).
DFDS Seaways has year-round ferry service between England and
Esbjerg. See page 4 for a link to
Ribe Tourist Office
This well-organized site has nearly everything you need to know about Ribe:
history, sights, accommodations, restaurants, maps, photos, and more.
(Click the Union Jack icon for English-language information.)
From May through September and in Denmark's autumn half-term, you can experience Viking life from 720 to 980 AD at this open-air museum
on Ribe's outskirts.
Denmark's largest nature preserve has seals, millions of migratory birds, and
exhibits on life in the marshes and tidewater areas near Ribe.
In addition to the listings at the Ribe Tourist Office (see above), try these
"Denmark's oldest hotel in Denmark's oldest town" has 50 double rooms and is
located by the Cathedral.
Click the Union Jack for information on Ribe's Youth and Family hostel, which is
a member of Hostelling International (IHYA) and has 40 rooms, most with private
This attractively furnished studio in the middle of town has a "tea
kitchen" and a riverside garden. A blue dot on the map
shows the apartment's location.
Enjoy fresh fish, beef, ostrich, and other specialties in a 400-year-old
building overlooking the Ribe River.
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