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Danhostel Ribe – the hostel in Ribe, Denmark

Jazz Camp Ribe at Danhostel Ribe, Denmark

Jazz Camp Ribe photos. Danhostel Ribe

Jazz Camp RibeJazz camp every spring the last 5 years

The hostel has been the setting for  Jazz Camp Ribe for kids every spring the last 5 years. The camp is organized by Ribe’s jazz club Jazzin’Ribe, the culture school of Esbjerg (Esbjerg Kulturskole) and “Jazz Hostel” Danhostel Ribe, Ribe’s hostel.
High spirits at Jazz Camp Ribe in Denmark

The hostel really comes alive with jazz

When students from schools of music from all around the Southern part of Jutland come together at Danhostel Ribe to play  jazz the hostel really comes alive.

The youngest participants at Jazz Camp Ribe

Passionate and enthusiastic musicians

The age range for participants at this year’s jazz camp ranges from 9 to 19. The youngest to have ever participated was only 8 years old. All the students are passionate and enthusiastic about their music.

Professional instruction at Jazz Camp RibeProfessional music instruction

Students of all levels receive mentoring and professional instruction to develop their musical skills and enhance their knowledge of music.

classes in ensemble playing,  jam,  workshops and master classes.

Jazz classes

During the weekend the kids attend classes in ensemble playing,  they jam and they take part in different workshops and master classes.

The jazz camp is also for vocalists

Jazz vocalists

Both instrumental musicians and vocalists participate in the music camp. Some of the participants train their skills both as vocalists and musicians.

Jazz workshops only for girlsJazz camp for both boys and girls

In general the jazz genre is dominated by men, but at JazzCamp Ribe, the girls represent almost half of the participants. The girls play all kinds of different instruments as well as sing –just like the boys.

At Jazz Camp Ribe you'll meet hand-picked jazz teachers

Hand-picked jazz teachers

All the teachers are handpicked by Jazzin’Ribe to ensure qualified, talented and experienced teachers and the highest level of education for the students.

Studying music with the top jazz artists in Denmark

Top jazz artists and teachers

Every year the students study with some of the top jazz artists and teachers in Denmark during the day, and see some of them perform at night at public concerts in Ribe.

The camp is also having fun and making new friends

Meeting old friends and making new friends

On top of the music, the camp is also about meeting old friends and making new ones, having fun, and playing in our sports hall, Ribehallen

Jazz Camp Ribe is also having fun

 Planning next year’s camp?

Maybe they are planning next year’s camp, composing new music – or maybe they are just having fun.

Jazz Camp Ribe and delicious food

Delicious hostel food

Last but not least, the camp is also eating and enjoying the delicious hostel food.

Jazz Camp Ribe concert

 Rising  jazz stars

On the third day of the jazz camp all the students will show to the public how the new rising stars of jazz play at a concert at SeminarieHuset in Ribe.All that jazz at the hostel

Looking forward to Jazz Camp Ribe 2017

After 3 days the kids leave the camp with jazz dancing through their heads, already looking forward to seeing each other again at next year’s Jazz Camp.

Jazz Camp Ribe 2016

The hostel host is a jazz lover

It’s no secret that Danhostel Ribe‘s host, Jens, loves Jazz. Jazz Camp Ribe was his idea from the very beginning. He is  already looking forward to next year’s camp – and to the jazz camp for adults at the hostel this autumn.

Jazz camp video

Feel the vibes of  Jazz Camp Ribe in this video.

A few more jazz camp photos

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Jazz Camp Ribe, Denmark

Jazz Camp Ribe – See you next year 

Nordic championships in bouldering live streaming from Ribe

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Juniors. Ribe in Denmark

Last weekend we had the amazing experience of hosting the Nordic Championship in Junior Bouldering 2015 in the gym of Danhostel Ribe.
Most of the climbers were accommodated at the hostel .

Both the gym and the hostel were seething with excitement, concentration, fun, joy and annoyance
The gym and the hostel were seething with excitement, concentration, fun, joy and annoyance

Both the gym and the hostel were seething with excitement, concentration, fun, joy and annoyance while 80 of Scandinavia’s best junior climbers were competing to win the title of Nordic Champion in Junior Bouldering 2015.
Climbers from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark were competing in three different age categories:  B: 14-15, A: 16-17 and Juniors: 18-19 years old.

Nordic Championships in bouldering - Hannes Puman, Sweden. No. 2 Juniors. Boys 18-19 years
Nordic Championships in bouldering – Hannes Puman, Sweden. No. 2 Juniors. Boys 18-19 years

Bouldering is rock climbing without ropes and harnesses, you  get by with climbing shoes and a chalk bag. If/when you fall down you fall softly on safety mats. Your challenge in bouldering is what is called “to solve a problem”.  In a contest you must be able to solve the  different problems quickly.  Furthermore the routes you climb on the walls are difficult and you must have  a good balance, as well as a good physique,  technique and strength.
Four minutes the competitors have to solve one problem and they have as many attempts as necessary within the 4 minutes.

Natacha Niviarsiaq from Denmark. No 2 Juniors. Girls 18-19 years
Natacha Niviarsiaq from Denmark. No 2 Juniors. Girls 18-19 years

Those who set the routes at the rock gym for a bouldering championship  needs to understand how to do it. The routes must neither be too easy nor to difficult. In both these cases, it may be difficult to find a winner. During the championships the participants go from easier climbs, to harder climbs.
The skilled Joseph Wetzel and Robert Heinrich from Germany were  chief route setter with help from 2 Danish assistants: Thomas Holm Blaabjerg and Thomas Acher Johansen .

Anna Karina Wulf from Denmark. Youth A
Anna Karina Wulf from Denmark. Youth A. No. 4

The finalist climbers don’t have the opportunity to see the problems, before they are climbing. Before climbing they are isolated for 1 to 3 hours. That means that the last climbers are not given an advantage  over the first climbers. All climbers get the same time to study the problem, work out how they will solve the problem and and prepare their climb.

Nordic Bouldering Championships. Juniors. Markus Beck Lyhne from Ribe Klatreklub
Nordic Bouldering Championships. Juniors. Markus Beck Lyhne from Ribe Klatreklub

Markus Beck Lyhne was the only climber from  Ribe Klatreklub (Ribe Climbing Club). He made it to the finals and ended as number 6 in the junior group.

the audience is almost as concentrated as the participants in the competition
The audience is almost as concentrated as the participants in the competition

As you can see, the audience is almost as concentrated as the participants in the competition

Ribehallen – the hostel’s gym – has some of Denmark’s best climbing and bouldering walls. We have previously hosted the Danish Championship in indoor rock climbing for men and women in 2010 and 2013.

Nordic Championships in bouldering – Thilo Jeldrik Schröter, Norway. No. 1 Juniors. Boys 18-19 years
Nordic Championships in bouldering – Thilo Jeldrik Schröter, Norway. No. 1 Juniors. Boys 18-19

Thilo Jeldrik Schröter from Norway solving the last problem. Thilo was the best junior climber and he can now call himself Nordic junior champion in bouldering 2015.

The winner results are studied
The competition is over and the results are studied

Congratulations to all the other winners:

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth B
Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth B. 14-15 years old

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. 14-15 years old. Winners Youth B. 14 – 15 years old

Girls 14 – 15 years old
1.   Julia Nilsson, Sweden
2.    Nea Herforth Bæhr, Denmark
3.    Marie Aagaard, Denmark

Boys 14 – 15 years old
1. Noah Seir, Danmark
2. Ymer Alber, Sweden
3. Olov Morsing, Sweden

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth A. 16-17 years old
Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth A. 16-17 years old

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. 16-17 years old
Winners Youth A:

Girls 16-17 years old
1.    Silvia Barrett, Sweden
2.    Annika Korsgaard, Denmark
3.    Primula Aalund, Denmark

Boys 16-17 years old
1. Leo Ketil Bøe, Norway
2. Oliver Islin Sahl-Madsen, Denmark
3. Guðmundur Freyr Arnason, Iceland

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Juniors. 18 - 19 years old
Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Juniors. 18 – 19 years old

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. 18-19 years old
Winners Juniors:

Girls 18 – 19 years old
1.  Sunniva Eik Haave, Norway
2.  Natacha Niviarsiaq, Denmark
3.  Norea Marceau, Sweden

Boys 18 – 19 years old
1. Thilo Jeldrik Schröter, Norway
2. Hannes Puman, Sweden
3. Frederik Thulstrup, Denmark

Allan Beck from Ribe Climbing Club (Ribe Klatreklub) talking with journalist Rene Aunsbjerg Fogh from Ribe Ugeavis
Allan Beck from Ribe Climbing Club (Ribe Klatreklub) talking with journalist Rene Aunsbjerg Fogh from the local newspaper, Ribe Ugeavis

Ribe climbing club did a great job – members as well as parents and friends from other climbing clubs.
About 40 volunteers made sure the championships ran  smoothly and successfully. Volunteers carried out a range of essential tasks, from helping setting routes to creating the imaginative audience seating in the middle of the gym, to timekeeping, live streaming,  food and drinking supplying, cleaning of wall holds,  being judges, etc.

Frederik from Ribe Climbing Club volunteered as hold cleaner
Frederik Gram from Ribe Climbing Club volunteering as hold cleaner

The Swedish national team doctor Björn Alber said about the championships: “Good accommodation with food just next to the climbing gym, boulder walls with World Cup potential, well-organized event organizers with an eye on the time schedule and results, skilled route setters – yes you have to say this was one of the most  successful Nordic championships I have been to”

Some of the climbers relax in the hostel
Some of the climbers relax in the hostel

Some of the climbers relax in the hostel before they are leaving Ribe.

Back to Norway. Thilo Jeldrik Schröter - no 1 in the  Junior group - checks out of the hostel
Back to Norway. Thilo Jeldrik Schröter – no 1 in the Junior group – checks out of the hostel

If you haven’t had enough bouldering by now you can see 6 hours 25 minutes and 43 seconds streamed live on Mar 15 from the finals in this video – from before it started in the morning till all the winners were known.
The video is streamed by Dansk Klatreforbund


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Hostel guest in the lobby using the free WiFi

Hostels in Denmark – and a hostel host’s thoughts

The boat Johanne Dan in Ribe Harbour, Denmark
The flat-bottomed ship Johanne Dan in Ribe Harbour, on the West Coast of Denmark – an important part of the hostel Danhostel Ribe’s view.

A Hostel Manager for 28 years.
More than 500.000 guests were welcomed

I’ve been a hostel host in Ribe for more than 28 years now.
Most people call me a hostel manager, but I always used the word “host” myself, because I like to welcome our guests as guests – and it is vital to me that my guests feel welcome and at home.
Recently guest number 500.000 was welcomed, and we decided to celebrate this by making a donation to Johanne Dan, the beautiful ship, that is an important part of the view from the windows of the hostel. A view that both our guests and we enjoy every day.

Hostel host Jens Philipsen welcomes the Dutch family Rolf van Heeswijk
I (Jens Philipsen) welcome the Dutch family, Rolf van Heeswijk.

Home is where the heart is. I lost mine to the breathtaking beautiful Ribe

Ribe is breathtaking beautiful. It is Denmark’s best preserved town and also the oldest.  The hostel was built on the best spot in town and has an amazing view of the old town, Ribe River and the Wadden Sea National Park.
I am very thankful, that I was trusted a hostel such a lovely place, and have tried to take good care of it and our surroundings.  Today travellers build sustainability into their journeys, but to me a green hostel has always been a must.  The hostel has been eco-labeled with Green Key since 1997 and is still the only eco-labeled accommodation in all the Wadden Sea National Park. Since then we also became Official National Park Partner, was Refood labeled etc.

3 generations of the Petersen family from USA are photographed outside the hostel
3 generations of the Petersen family from USA are photographed outside the hostel. They are in Denmark to search their roots and visit their Danish family.

From dorms to rooms with private facilities

The celebration of 500.000 guests made me recall some  hostel memories. When I came to Ribe as a young manager of a brand new and modern hostel, I ended in a real buzz about placing a hostel on the most attractive site in Ribe. Furthermore the hotel owners in town were very concerned that the hostel should not have better facilities than Ribe’s hotels.
But times changed and after some years our hostel was modernized and all our  rooms got  private baths/toilets.

Hostels in Denmark are for all ages.
Hostels in Denmark are for all ages. This photo is of families from different parts of Denmark. They meet every summer – and this year they met in our hostel.

From youth hostels to hostels for all ages

In Denmark are hostel rooms with private facilities more common than hostels with big dorms.
Couples as well as families and backpackers book a room with private facilities.  When I started as hostel manager, guests who arrived after the hostel rooms were fully booked, were happy when they were offered a cheap mattress in a conference room shared with many others. They often stayed for many days, happy to have obtained a very cheap accommodation. Nowadays very few in our hostel will settle for a bed – certainly not for a mattress – nor shared showers.

Many of the Danish hostels have conference facilities. This photo is from a conference at our hostel focused on websites and social media in hospitality and tourism
Many of the Danish hostels have conference facilities. This photo is from a conference in our hostel focused on websites and social media in hospitality and tourism

Getting rid of old stereotypes about youth hostels

The Danish hostels started to welcome all ages many years ago, we have modern facilities and serve excellent breakfasts, many of us even have conference facilities, but it is hard to get rid of old stereotypes about youth hostels. We felt that youth hostels were not the right name any more. In Denmark hostels changed names from vandrehjem (homes for wanderers = youth hostels) to Danhostels. In Ribe we changed name from the Danish “Ribe Vandrehjem” to the international “Danhostel Ribe“.

Newly married couple from Germany in one of the hostel's luxury rooms
Newly married couple from Germany in one of the hostel’s luxury rooms

Luxury rooms with view of National Park

Danhostel Ribe was enlarged twice.  I started up with 26 rooms – now I have 40 and about 20.000 overnight stays per year.
As an icing of the cake the 6 superior rooms (A++) along the top floor were built featuring spectacular views of the old town, Ribe River and the National Park. (In 2010 the meadow outside the hostel became a part of one of Denmark’s first national parks: the Wadden Sea National Park.)
These rooms have become an attractive accommodation for many foreigners who marry in Ribe – and for couples of all ages who want a romantic holiday. What a pleasure for us to welcome these happy lovers.

Look inside our romantic hostel rooms 360º

Take a virtual 360º tour in one of these  luxury hostel rooms. Click on the Google map above – You can even go for a walk around the whole hostel – 360º: Virtual tour of Danhostel Ribe.
You have to “walk down the staircase” from the second floor (am.: the third floor), we have no lift. The other rooms are smaller and a little cheaper- but all have private bath/toilet.

Fathers having fun with their children in the hostel garden
Swedish fathers having fun with their children in the hostel garden

Difference between hotels and hostels

When the hostels in Denmark are so modern what is the difference between hostels and hotels, besides the prize?  One of the answers is “Do you want to be private or do you want to  socialize – or maybe both?”
In hotels it is normal to be private. You don’t share your TV or minibar with others. In hostels most people want to mingle with other travellers.
In Danhostels it is possible to be both private and to socialize. You can close your door and be private when YOU want .
Futhermore most hostel rooms do still have more beds (usually bunk beds)  which is a perfect fit for 3-4 friends traveling together or a family of 3 to 4 persons.

Good mood and high spirits rub off onto us (the staff) and the other way around
Lunch – A break in an intensive training weekend for young musicians

Most hostels have many common areas

If you want to socialize you have good possibilities in hostels – also in our hostel. We have many spacious common areas where guests can mingle and meet other travellers, exchange travel ideas, cook and eat, watch  TV,  play table football or other games, have fun and find new friends for life. We even have a sports centre for badminton and soccer and with one of Denmark’s best rock climbing walls. Children find new pals,  parents and grandparents don’t have to shush them all the time, they can just enjoy some happy children.
Good mood and high spirits rub off onto us (the staff) and the other way around.

Student group from DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad
A student group from DIS – Danish Institute for Study Abroad – is visiting Danhostel Ribe

Danhostels are members of Hostelling International (HI Hostels)

We all need positive and life-giving oases in life and especially when we are travelling far away from home. Places we feel comfortable, meet new friends and broaden our horizons. This is what Hostelling International  is all about : “to provide hostels or other accommodation which there shall be no distinctions of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, class or political opinions and thereby develop a better understanding of their fellow men at home and abroad.” And “to promote the education of all young people of all nations, but especially young people of limited means, by encouraging in them a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and an appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities in all parts of the world”.
Makes me very proud of being a hostel host in HiHostel.
And don’t forget if you have a HI Hostel or Danhostel membership-card, book through HI-Hostel, Danhostel or contact us, you will get 10% discount on accommodation. This discount is the same in all Danhostels in Denmark. On our homepage you’ll often find more offers

Young travellers using the free WiFi
Young travellers using the free WiFi at the hostel

Free WiFi in hostels is a must these days

When I started at the hostel our guests booked rooms and beds by letter and included a return stamp. I had lovely postcards from all over the world and still keeps many of them.
Now most travellers are online. They check their mail, find new information and book their next hostel (- after they have  checked ratings and what other guests say about this hostel). They also rate us – most of the time they even rate us in top – though we are often compared to hotels. They also help us to be better all the time, so thank you if you take the time to rate us, when you have visited us. I’ll put links to some of our ratings at the bottom of this blog.

90-year-old celebrating her birthday at the hostel
90-year-old Kirsten Jack is celebrating her birthday at the hostel, and she helps hoisting the Danish flag (the Dannebrog) herself

Celebrating a 90th Birthday at the hostel

Many of our guests are frequent guests in our hostel – some have come here every year for more than 25 years. Others visited us years ago with their parents or school and are back with their own children. But it is seldom that I – like on this photo – hoist the Danish flag for a 90-year-old birthday. Kirsten Jack  – who lives north of Copenhagen – celebrated her birthday at the hostel with family coming in from all over the world.  As you can see she is a lively and wonderful woman who is helping me hoisting the flag.

Young family visiting the hostel

Links you might also want to see:

Go social with Danhostel Ribe

Dahostel Ribe’s ratings

Christmas in Ribe. Danhostel Ribe

Christmastime in Denmark – and in beautiful Ribe

Christmas in Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s oldest town

Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s oldest town Ribe creates the perfect setting for Christmas as in the “good old days”
The  Christmas decorated town is breathtakingly beautiful and the town square with the huge Christmas tree and the  enlightened Cathedral put the icing on the cake.

Christmas Time in Ribe, Denmark
Christmas Time in Ribe, Denmark

“Hygge” is part of the Christmas in Denmark

Danes love the feeling of “Hygge”, especially at wintertime.  Hygge is difficult to translate, but means something like ‘creating a cosy atmosphere’ and can be described as an embracing feeling of warmth and well-being. We light the Christmas candles, huddle together to keep warm, enjoy hot drinks as cocoa or the traditional mulled wine with raisins and almonds and eat Danish, sweet Christmas Dumplings.

Christmas Decorations at a Restaurant in Ribe, Denmark
Christmas Decorations at a Restaurant in Ribe, Denmark

Christmas lights and decorated streets

Festoons with Christmas lights decorate streets and in the top of Ribe Cathedral you can see a Christmas star with sparkling lights every evening.

Christmas Street Lights and Festoons in Ribe, Denmark
Christmas Street Lights and Festoons in Ribe, Denmark

Christmas shopping in Ribe

The overwhelming beauty of Ribe makes it one of Denmark’s most delightful destinations at Christmas time to make Christmas shopping.  A wide range of specialty shops – all within walking distance of the hostel – makes it easy and convenient to go shopping and perfect for buying unique souvenirs as Christmas specialties from Ribe. We can recommend Ribe Christmas Ale from the local Ribe Brewery (the brewery is open for visitors every Saturday) or Christmas cookies – Danish butter cookies in a cake tin with a snowy Christmas picture from Ribe. You can buy these in Parmo’s old grocer’s  shop in the pedestrian street. You will be overwhelmed of all the wonderful Christmas smells coming towards you, when you open the shop door, and you will probably also be tempted by his famous fruits in port.

Christmas Shopping in Ribe, Denmark
Christmas Shopping in Ribe, Denmark

Christmas Markets in Ribe

Several Christmas markets take place in Ribe during Christmas time. One of the most popular is the Christmas Market at the old grocery store from the  1500s, Quedens Gaard. It is Christmas as in the good old days. You’ll find tastings like roasted almonds, Christmas beer and freshly baked cookies, but also old trades and crafts like candle and rope making, pottery, quilting and handmade Christmas craft is introduced to you.

Taste the Roasted Almonds. Christmas Market in the old merchant's house, Quedens Gaard
Taste the Roasted Almonds. Christmas Market in the old merchant’s house, Quedens Gaard

Christmas hearts decorate Christmas trees

Making Christmas hearts and Froebel stars of paper for Christmas tree decorations is an old Danish tradition.
The oldest known Christmas heart was made by the famous fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen about 1860.
At Ribe Art Museum (Ribe Kunstmuseum) the beautiful Christmas tree is decorated with Sonja Brandes’ handmade paper cuts.
On the photo you see the favourite heart from the hostel host’s Christmas tree, and if you follow this link you’ll find a tutorial for the most common Danish Christmas heart: Make your own Christmas heart

Homemade Christmas Heart Decoration on the Hostel Manager's Christmas Tree
Homemade Christmas Heart Decoration on the Hostel Manager’s Christmas Tree

Christmas street theatre and guided tours

An old beloved Danish children’s book Peters Jul (Peter’s Christmas) lend name to the Christmas time in Ribe.
In the weekends you can see the Peter’s Christmas street theatre and follow free guided tours “In Peter’s footsteps”. You can also follow Ribe’s Night Watchman for a guided tour in old Ribe.

Peter's Christmas. Street Theater on Ribe Town Square every Saturday and Sunday in Advent
Peter’s Christmas. Street Theater on Ribe Town Square every Saturday and Sunday in Advent

Christmas Parade and Santa Claus

At the Christmas Parade you might see a Santa Claus on a red vintage fire engine. In his bag is sweets for the children.
This is a small town and tongues wag: “We know who is hiding behind the beard!”

Father Christmas at the Christmas Parade in a Vintage Fire Engine
Father Christmas at the Christmas Parade in a Vintage Fire Engine

Moped gang celebrating Christmas

A moped gang  disguised like Father Christmases at the Christmas Parade is one of the more humorous elements in Christmas parade.

Moped Gang in Disguise wish Merry Christmas at the Christmas Parade in Ribe, Denmark
Moped Gang in Disguise wish Merry Christmas at the Christmas Parade in Ribe, Denmark

The real Father Christmas

Don’t be surprised when you see more than one Father Christmas in town, but this is the one Ribe citizen call the “real” one – he is named Johannes. You will meet him in the streets several times during Christmas time handing out Christmas caramels to the children. He did that for more than 25 years. His legs are sometimes a little tired and sometimes – like here – he hands out caramels from  a horse-drawn carriage. It is also possible for you to have a sightseeing tour in the  horse-drawn carriage.

 Sightseeing with Santa Claus in a Horse-drawn Carriage
Sightseeing with Santa Claus in a Horse-drawn Carriage

Explore the historic old town
– Denmark’s best preserved

Ribe is Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s oldest town. It is also Denmark’s best preserved town or city with more than 100 preserved buildings. Only Copenhagen has more preserved buildings than Ribe, but it is a much bigger city.
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the beauty of the town, move away from town centre and the pedestrian zone,  go into the side streets and stroll along the harbour and you will feel tranquillity descends upon you from the beauty of our town.

One of the beautiful old streets in Ribe at Christmas time
One of the beautiful old streets in Ribe at Christmas time

Christmas break at Danhostel Ribe

Why not enjoy a Christmas break at the hostel, Danhostel Ribe, in November or December? From the hostel you can have this beautiful view of the Christmas decorated Ribe – Especially if you choose one of the hostel’s best rooms – the ones on the top floor.
Getting around is easy,  central Ribe, shops, museums, cafes and pubs, attractions and Christmas events are just a short walk from the hostel.
This is the view from half the rooms at night time:

Christmas View from Danhostel Ribe - the Youth and Family Hostel in Ribe in Denmark
Christmas View from Danhostel Ribe – the Youth and Family Hostel in Ribe, Denmark

Christmas view from the hostel

The view from the hostel is amazing during Christmas time both at daytime and nighttime – although snow is not guaranteed.
Read more about Christmas time in Ribe and see Danhostel Ribe‘s Christmas offers: Christmas Holiday in Denmark

Hostel view at winter time
Hostel view at winter time

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Finally a short video showing the atmosphere in Ribe at Christmastime.

The video is made by TVEsbjerg
All Christmas photos are taken by Gudrun Rishede, Danhostel Ribe

Also experience in Ribe at Christmas time:

  • Christmas Concerts
  • Live music in the streets
  • This year’s Emil – Grading of the best Christmas beer
  • Christmas dance around the Christmas tree with Santa
  • and more
Find Danhostel Ribe på facebook
Danhostel Ribe’s facebook

Wadden Sea Music – Wattenmeer Musik – Musik fra Vadehavet

Wadden Sea National Park and UNESCO World Heritage
June 24th 2014 UNESCO decides if the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark will be on the list of UNESCO World Heritage in the future. If the Danish Wadden Sea succeeds in this, it will join the Dutch and the German Wadden Sea National Parks that became World Heritage as early as 2009.
While we are waiting for UNESCO’S decision we could spend a little time listening to music from the Wadden Sea.

Vadehavsmusik. Rod Sinclair Band. Sea Scape
Vadehavsmusik . Rod Sinclair Band. Sea Scape

Wadden Sea Songs
In Denmark the Scottish folk musician, Rod Sinclair, a Ribe citizen for many years, has composed several songs and music for Denmark’s largest National Park, the Wadden Sea National Park.
The most famous of the songs is the National Park anthem “Gryden” (The Dip) that first was presented at the Wadden Sea National Park inauguration on the “Meadow of Heads” outside Danhostel Ribe (2010).
In this video you can listen to Rod Sinclair Band and the song “Gryden”. Its filmed at the launch of “Sea Scape – Wadden Sea Songs” album at Danhostel Ribe in 2013 .
The second video is the title track Sea Scape. You can find the lyrics on the bottom of this page.

The song “Seafarers” will explain you why the Meadow outside Danhostel Ribe – a part of the Wadden Sea National Park – is called the Meadow of Heads. It’s about Hans Jessen a merchant from Ribe who caught Alexander Hock and his group of pirates. Alexander Hock’s men were all beheaded and their heads were placed on stakes on the Meadow of Heads.
On this link you can see another video, where Hans Jessen Søhane tells about what happened when he caught a group of pirates: Beheaded pirates on Meadow of the Heads

Members of Rod Sinclair Band: Rod Sinclair, Martin Schack, Andreas Tophøj, Anders Pedersen, Jullie Hjetland og Jacob Pedersen.
A Seascape tour is planned for April 2015. Songs can be downloaded from eg iTunes and Spotify and be purchased in Rod’s shop and at Danhostel Ribe

A Song from the German Wadden Sea National Park
The last video is a German Wadden Sea National Park Song. It’s song by Achim Reichel and is called: Trutz blanke Hans (Lyrics by Detlev von Liliencron and Music by Achim Reichel). It’s from the Album: Regenballade

DANSK REFERAT (Summary in Danish):

Nationalpark Vadehavet og UNESCO Verdensarv
Den 24. juni 2014 afgør UNESCO om Nationalpark Vadehavet i Danmark skal på listen over UNESCO Verdensarv i fremtiden. Hvis det lykkes, vil det danske Vadehav slutte sig til den hollandske og tyske del af Vadehavet, som blev Verdensarv allerede i 2009.
Mens vi venter på UNESCO ‘S beslutning, vil vi bruge lidt tid på at lytte til musik fra Vadehavet.

Sange fra Vadehavet

Den skotske folkemusiker Rod Sinclair, som har boet i Ribe i mange år, har komponeret flere sange til Danmarks største nationalpark, Nationalpark Vadehavet.
Den mest kendte af sangene er den officielle National Park hymne ” Gryden “, der først blev præsenteret ved Nationalpark Vadehavets indvielse på ” Hovedengen” udenfor Danhostel Ribe (2010) .
I den første video kan du lytte til Rod Sinclair Band og sangen Gryden , det er fra lanceringen af ​​” Sea Scape – Wadden Sea Songs ” albumet på Danhostel Ribe i 2013. Den anden video er titelnummeret Seascape . Du kan finde teksten herunder – og tekster, noder og akkorder til resten af albummet på dette link: Seascape lyrics

I Sangen “Seafarers” kan du høre, hvordan Hovedengen udenfor Danhostel Ribe fik sit navn (Hovedengen er en del af Nationalpark Vadehavet). Sangen handler om Hans Jessen en købmand fra Ribe, der fangede Alexander Hock og hans sørøvervenner. Alexander Hock og hans mænd blev alle halshugget, og deres hoveder blev sat på stager på Hovedengen langs Ribe Å.
På dette link kan du se en anden video, hvor Hans Jessen Søhane fortæller om, hvad der skete, da han fangede piraterne: Halshuggede sørøvere på Hovedengen

Rod Sinclair Band er: Rod Sinclair, Martin Schack, Andreas Tophøj, Anders Pedersen, Jullie Hjetland og Jacob Pedersen.
Der er planlagt en turne med sangene fra Seascape i April 2015. Sangene kan downloades fra bl.a. iTunes og Spotify og købes i shoppen eller på Danhostel Ribe

En Sang fra den tyske Nationalpark Vadehavet
Den sidste video er en sang fra Nationalparken i Tyskland. Sangen synges af Achim Reichel og kaldes: Trutz blanke Hans (Tekst af Detlev von Liliencron og musik af Achim Reichel). Vadehavssangen er fra albummet: Regenballade

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The first three verses of the song Seascape. Words: Rod Sinclair, tune: Martin Schack
Find more lyrics, notes and chords for the CD: Seascape – Wadden Sea Songs

Salt air over restless water and hastening clouds
Pale sunshine and dark rainstorm driven by wind
The sea outlines the sand
Time the moon and the tides
Salt water turns into land

This seascape was sung from darkness by seagulls’ cries
Built from nothing by wandering singers who gave it all names
They sang the birds in the sky
They sang the fish in the sea
They sang the beasts in the grass

Flat country breeds hard people who fight to survive
Raising homes on grassy hillocks to keep them from harm
Always lived by the sea
Always lived with the sea
The sea’s life kept them alive

Earth Hour 2014. Danhostel Ribe, Denmark

Earth Hour at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark 2014
Earth Hour at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark 2014

7 successive years Danhostel Ribe celebrated Earth Hour  together with millions of people all over the world, who all switched off lights on the 29th of March from 8.30pm-9.30pm.

At the hostel we celebrated a quiet, pleasant candlelight moment serving free homemade cookies, Wadden Sea tea and organic coffee for our guests, who all had had a busy day exploring Ribe and the Wadden Sea National Park. Most of them had joined a guided Black Sun Tour to see

Black Sun starlings fantastic air dances
Black Sun starlings fantastic air dances before they go to sleep

the starlings fantastic air dances before they go to sleep in the reeds, and were planning on another busy day the next day seeing the new beautiful Ribe Town Square around Ribe Cathedral,  visiting Ribe Art Museum and Ribe Viking Museum and some were going on a bike tour in the Wadden Sea National Park  to see flocks of barnacle geese and other birds. In Ribe these tours are arranged by The Wadden Sea Centre (Vadehavscentret)

 

HI Hostels all over the world celebrated Earth Hour
Many other Hostelling International Hostels around the world took part in Earth Hour 2014. Read about some of them on HI Hostels Blog

Earth Hour 2014 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark
Earth Hour 2014 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark

The world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment
Earth Hour  has grown  to be world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and countries, cities, towns and people all over the world participate in this celebration for the planet. Earth Hour is organized by WWF and in Denmark by  WWF Denmark (World Wildlife Fund )
The municipality of Esbjerg took part in Earth Hour all the other 6 years and turned out the lights in Ribe streets. This year they decided not to, but 25 other municipalities in Denmark took part.

Eco labels at the hostel and thoughts about Earth Hour
At the hostel we are aware that we are probably not reducing CO2 emissions by taking part in this action and that we don’t save the earth by turning out the lights for one hour, but we think it is a nice way  to raise awareness about climate change together with people all around the world.
Danhostel Ribe works to make sustainable tourism a part of our hostel. The hostel is eco-labeled with Green Key  , is recognized as Official Wadden Sea National Park Partner (Officiel Nationalpark Partner), and is applying for TripAdvisor’s new GreenLeaders Program .

REFERAT PÅ DANSK:

Earth Hour 2014 på Danhostel Ribe i Nationalpark Vadehavet
For 7. år i træk fejrede Danhostel Ribe Earth Hour sammen med millioner af mennesker over hele verden , som alle slukkede lyset d. 29 marts fra kl. 20:30 til 21:30

Ribe Domkirke og Ribe Domkirkeplads
Ribe Domkirke og Ribe Domkirkeplads

På vandrehjemmet havde vi en hyggelig stund i stearinlysenes skær, hvor vi serverede gratis hjemmebagte småkager, Vadehavste og økologisk kaffe for vores gæster , som alle havde haft en travl dag med at udforske Ribe og Nationalpark Vadehavet . De fleste af dem havde deltaget i en guidet Sor Sol tur med guider fra Vadehavscentret. og planlagde endnu en travl dag med at se det nye smukke Torv omkring Ribe Domkirke, besøge Ribe Kunstmuseum og Museet Ribes Vikinger og nogle skulle på cykeltur i Nationalpark Vadehavet for at se  de store flokke af bramgæs og andre fugle, der lige nu er at se i nationalparken.

HI hostels over hele verden fejrer Earth Hour
Mange andre Hostelling International vandrerhjem i verden deltog i Earth Hour 2014. Læs om nogle af dem på HI Hostels Blog

Verdens største græsrodsbevægelse for miljøet
Earth Hour er vokset til at være verdens største græsrodsbevægelse for miljøet og lande, byer og folk over hele verden deltage i denne fest for planeten . Earth Hour er arrangeret af WWF .
Esbjerg Kommune har deltaget i Earth Hour alle de andre år og plejer at slukke lyset i Ribes gader, men havde besluttet ikke at deltage i 2014.
25 andre kommuner og flere virksomheder i Danmark deltog.

Tidligere Earth Hour på Danhostel Ribe
Tidligere Earth Hour på Danhostel Ribe

Miljømærker på vandrerhjemmet og tanker om Earth Hour

På vandrerhjemmet er vi opmærksomme på, at vi sandsynligvis ikke reducerer CO2-udledningen ved at deltage i denne aktion , og at vi ikke redder Jorden ved at slukke lysene i en time , men vi synes, det er en rar måde at øge bevidstheden om klimaændringer sammen med vandrerhjemmets gæster, ripenserne og mennesker fra hele verden.

Danhostel Ribe arbejder på at gøre bæredygtig turisme til en del af vores vandrehjem, vi er miljømærket med Green Key, er anerkendt som officielle Nationalpark Vadehavet Partner og søger i øjeblikket om at blive en af TripAdvisors nye grønne forløbere.

Ribe is Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destination 2014

Two European travel websites have asked their users:
“Which is the best small town in Europe” among 52 beautiful European towns.

Ribe - Europe's most beautiful town
More than 22.000 voted and Ribe in Denmark won the competition. 3965 users voted for Ribe while Obidos in Portugal was next with 3734 votes. See the results: Globalgrasshopper
Ribe Town Square and Ribe CathedralRibe is Denmark’s and Scandinavia’s oldest town. It is dated back to the early Viking Era (710AD). Ribe town and its citizens have for many years  done a lot to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Ribe. Latest around the town square and Ribe Cathedral . See photo left.

If you want to know more about Ribe, you can see a lot of beautiful photos and learn about Ribe’s history and attractions on the hostel’s homepage Danhostel Ribe

View from Danhostel Ribe
View from Danhostel Ribe

From Danhostel Ribe you get the best view of both Ribe town and the Wadden Sea National Park.

Ribe harbour and the boat “Johanne Dan” can also be seen from the hostel

Ribe in Denmark is Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destination 2014
Ribe in Denmark is Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destination 2014

Virtual tour of Danhostel Ribe, Denmark. Google maps. Virtuel rundtur på Danhostel Ribe

Look inside the hostel
Now you can take a walk through Danhostel Ribe– and since the virtual tour is made by 360⁰ photos, you can decide to be a fly on the wall, to look in the corners –  and go wherever you want to go.
Go into our rooms, our backyard, our dining room, our sports hall, our sitting room,  guests’ kitchen, conference rooms and look out the windows to see the hostel’s view

Virtuel rundtur på Danhostel Ribe
Nu kan du gå en virtuel tur gennem Danhostel Ribe –  turen er lavet af 360⁰ fotos, kan du vælge at være en flue på væggen, at kigge i hjørnerne – og gå hvorhen du ønsker på vores vandrehjem. F.eks ind på vores værelser, i vores gårdhave, vores spisestue, vores sportshal, vores dagligstue, gæstekøkken, konferencelokaler – og du kan kigge ud af vinduerne for at se vandrerhjemmet flotte udsigt

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1. Start at the reception desk – walk to the right and go to conference rooms, sports hall, dining room and sitting room – or go straight on

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2.  Or start in our biggest and best rooms: A++ rooms. They are on our top floor (second floor-no elevator) and have Ribe’s best view. These rooms all have national park and medieval town view.

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3. Here you can decide to go to the right and see our sports hall or to the left and see the hostel’s  dinning room and breakfast table, from the dining room you can walk up the stairs to the sitting room

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Denmark’s prettiest market towns

Today Denmark’s most beautiful market towns/cities have been found
in a competition promoted  by Bygningskultur Danmark (Building Culture Denmark).

Here are the winners:

View from Danhostel Ribe
View from Danhostel Ribe
  1. Svaneke
  2. Ribe
  3. Ebeltoft
  4. Helsingør

You will find a nice Danhostel  (Danhostels are HI Hostels in Denmark) in each of these 4 cities, so don’t hesitate to visit all of them.

Danhostel Ribe congratulates Svaneke.
Svaneke won – but can anyone compete with the view we have from Danhostel Ribe :-)

Take a look at the photo

15 Danish cities were competing. All these cities were chosen because of their ability to preserve the cities’  original medieval environments and at the same time be active cities with business, tourism and settlement.

Are you confused of what a market town is  you can read more here: Danish Heritage Tours
Here you can see the final result of the competition:  Bygningskultur Danmark

 

Danmarks smukkeste købstæder
I dag er Danmarks smukkeste købstad fundet i en konkurrence udskrevet af Bygningskultur Danmark:

Her er vinderne:

Udsigt fra Danhostel Ribe
Udsigt fra Danhostel Ribe
  1. Svaneke
  2. Ribe
  3. Ebeltoft
  4. Helsingør

Du vil finde et dejligt Danhostel i hver af disse 4 byer, så tøv ikke med at besøge alle 4 byer.
Danhostel Ribe lykønsker Svaneke. Men selvom Svaneke vandt, er der vist ikke nogen, der kan konkurrere med udsigten vi har fra Danhostel Ribe :-)
Er der?- se bare fotoet

 

15 danske byer konkurrerede. Alle disse byer var valgt på grund af deres evne til at bevare byernes oprindelige middelalderlige omgivelser og på samme tid være aktive byer med erhverv, turisme og bosættelse.
Her kan du se de 15 byer, og det endelige resultat af konkurrencen: Bygningskultur Danmark

The Viking wise woman was the late Middle Ages witch

Viking Wise Woman reading runes. Ribe, Denmark
Viking Wise Woman reading runes. Ribe, Denmark

During Viking Age and Norse paganism  (approximately from 800-1100) the völva – wise woman – was a highly respected member of the Viking society. She was a seer, a fortune-teller, she saw and understood more than most people – she was a master of prophecy.
In Ribe – the oldest town in Denmark and Scandinavia – you can still meet a Viking wise woman (völva) at Ribe VikingeCenter (Ribe Viking Centre) and if you have the courage to let her tell her prophecy for you, you can let her throw and read the runes for you.
In this video you can listen to her prophecy for Danhostel Ribe’s photographer who had just survived a severe cancer (Danhostel Ribe = Ribe’s hostel):
During the late Middle Ages and Renaissance – when Christianity spread in Europe – wise women were considered as witches who practiced witchcraft.

Witch Maren Spliid - Street Theater
Witch Maren Spliid – Street Theater

During the witch hunts,  they  were condemned as witches and burned alive at the stake.

Ribe is famous for its witch trials. Denmark’s best known witch was Maren Spliid from Ribe, she was burned at a fire at the Gallows Hill near

Ribe on November 9th 1641. The last one burnt as a witch in Ribe was Anna Bruds who was burned April 1652.
When you walk around in Ribe Old town you can still see many houses from around 1600 AD with a cross carved into the wooden brackets that hold the roof. These crosses were meant as protection against witchcraft.

Witch cross in Ribe, Denmark
Witch cross in Ribe, Denmark

Be wiser on the Viking era and the Middle Ages in Ribe

In Ribe – Denmark ’s oldest town  – you can be wiser on the Viking era and the Middle Ages in Ribe Viking Museum (Ribes Vikinger), at Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter), at Ribe Viking Market (1 week around 1st of May every year), by walking the Ribe Viking Walk, or Ribe Old Town Walk – and you can follow Ribe’s Night Watchman when he takes tourists on a free town walk through Ribe’s historic streets.

These links might also interest you:
Viking sacrifice of horse to norse gods at Ribe VikingeCenter
Viking Ribe in Viking Denmark

Looking for cheap accommodation in Ribe

Summary in Danish

VIKINGETIDENS SPÅKONE VAR MIDDELALDERENS HEKS

Under vikingetiden  (ca. 800-1100) var en vølve – vikingernes kloge kone – et højt respekteret medlem af Vikingesamfundet. Hun var en seer, en spåkone –  hun så og forstod mere end de fleste mennesker og var en mester i profeti.
I Ribe – den ældste by i Danmark og Skandinavien – kan du stadig møde vikingernes kloge kone (vølven) på Ribe VikingeCenter, og hvis du har modet, kan du lade hende kaste og læse runer for dig.
I denne video kan du lytte til hendes profeti for Danhostel Ribe‘s fotograf : Kaste runer

I løbet af middelalderen og renæssancen – da kristendommen spredtes i Europa – blev vølve betragtet som hekse, der praktiserede hekseri. Under Europas heksejagt blev de dømt og  brændt levende på bålet.
Ribe er berømt for sine hekseprocesser. Danmark bedst kendte heks var Maren Spliid fra Ribe, hun blev brændt på et bål på Galgebakken nær Ribe i 1641.
Den sidste, der blev brændt som heks i Ribe, var Anna Bruds, som blev brændt i 1652.

Kors i knægt - kors mod hekse
Kors i knægt – kors mod hekse

Når man går rundt i Ribes gamle bydel kan man stadig se mange huse med et kryds skåret i knægten, der holder taget. Disse kors skulle beskytte mod hekseri og stammer fra perioden omkring år 1600 efter den store bybrand i Ribe.
I Ribe – Danmark ‘s ældste by – med masser af fund fra Vikingetiden kan du blive klogere på vikingetiden og middelalderen på Museet  Ribes Vikinger – museum for vikingetid og middelalder, på Ribe Viking Center , til Ribe Vikingemarked (en uge omkring 1. maj hvert år), og ved at gå en Ribe Vikinge-Gåtur eller Gåturen i Ribes gamle bydel – du kan også følge Ribes Vægter, når han tager turister på en gratis byvandring gennem Ribes historiske gader.

Tilbud på Viking miniferie på Danhostel Ribe indtil 12.juli 2013