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Storytelling on wheels, Ribe, Denmark

Cycling through history and nature of Denmark’s oldest town Ribe

Ribe Bike Tours – Storytelling on wheels

A view on bike tours and bike tourism out of the bigger cities.
Explore Ribe and the Wadden Sea National Park – a UNESCO site – by bicycle

Welcome to Danhostel Ribe‘s guest bloggers: founders of Ribe Bike Tours (Ribebiketours.com) Line Fricke and Leon Walker

Line Fricke and Leon Walker from Ribe Bike Tours
Line Fricke and Leon Walker, Founders of Ribe Bike Tours here having the famous “Isvaflen” ice cream at Skibbroen in the heart of Ribe

Bicycle tours and  bike tourism in smaller towns, national parks and rural areas

Being on a bike with wind in your hair while being guided by a great storyteller is incomparable to any other way of visiting a new city. Or area! Oh yes bicycle tours and  bike tourism is just as attractive, if not more so, for smaller towns, national parks and rural areas as for cities. Here, we share with you why.

Bike tours and bicycle sightseeing in Ribe - See Ribe and the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage by bicycle
Bike tours and bicycle sightseeing in Ribe. Ribe old town and Ribe Cathedral seen from Riberhus Slotsbanke – the location of the medieval castle Riberhus, that once stood here. The spirit of Valdemar II The Victorious and his Queen Dagmar still resides here

Ribe Bike Tours: Storytelling on Wheels

Being a green yoga‐ & bike‐loving couple we have been involved with bike‐tours in cities all over the world – both as bike tour guests and also as guides: from Shanghai, China to London, UK to Mount Maunganui, New Zealand to Copenhagen, Denmark.
And now Ribe, Denmark’s oldest town, where we this summer launched Ribe Bike Tours offering guided bike tours or “storytelling on wheels”, as we like to say.

Ribe Bike Tours. The tour takes off at Ribe Viking Museum
Ribes Vikinger – the Viking museum in Ribe is where Ribe Bike Tours city tour takes off – just as Ribe’s history started here over 1300 years ago

Bike Tours without traffic, exhaust fumes and crowds

We’ve always believed that biking in big cities is a great way to be in one with the pulse of the city – and to see more in less time. But this city‐pulse invariably involves traffic, exhaust fumes and crowds – conditions that the ”perfect” bike tour should be without.
And it can be without as we’ve recently discovered. Taking a bike tour in the old town and the surrounding Danish nature of Ribe, conditions suddenly become closer to “perfect”.

Ribe Bike Tours
Ribe Bike Tours – www.ribebiketours.com

 See, hear, feel – when exploring by bike in Ribe

In Ribe we have little traffic, kilometers of bike‐lanes, friendly roads and lots of history to explore along the way. Whether visitors are into the establishment of the Vikings, wars of the Middle Ages or following the trail of famous local personalities such as the Danish-American journalist, photographer and philanthropist Jacob A Riis, Ribe has it all. It’s practically a condensed Scandinavian history lesson in one town… And on a bike the lesson can be felt, heard and seen in a couple of hours.

Book bicycle tours in Scandinavia's oldest town, Ribe in Denmark
After a tour by Ribe Brewery it’s time to get closer to the neighboring and magnificent Ribe Cathedral

Outstanding Danish West Coast nature and views

On the doorstep of Ribe is pure Danish West Coast nature. There’s even more to explore here:  Pedaling through this amazing  West Coast landscape we enjoy  as well the rich animal life; forests as flat marsh land.
Galgebakkerne (the Gallows Hill) where Riberret (the tough Ribe Law) was ”manifested” through witch-burning and other horrors.
From Kammerslusen lock by the Ribe Dike – which has worked as coastal protection and has protected Ribe and its historic treasures from flooding since the beginning of the 1900’s – you have  an outstanding  view over  the UNESCO Wadden Sea outside the dikes and over the Ribe March Wadden Sea National Park all the way to Ribe’s red roof tops and  its soaring Cathedral  inside the dikes.
In fact many of these spots out of Ribe can only be reached by private car or bike – for example Bicycle rental through Ribe Danhostel.

Visitors want authenticity

In terms of what visitors want, we are seeing people preferring less “cookie-cutter” mass tourism with big groups on busses just stopping to take a photo to more authentic, personal, unusual and fun ways of exploring, learning and doing.
Something bike tours can offer and which is what we want Ribe Bike Tours to offer. We make the very famous, the less famous and the very worthy stories come alive for visitors and cycling enthusiasts. We share the beauty of Danish nature, Danish history and Danish “green” bike mentality. A mentality that most people take for granted also exists outside of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.

“Come bike with us in and around Ribe where we can promise visitors clean air, almost empty roads and a positive green experience with biking!”

Xx Line & Leon

Vikings and Middle Age Kings & Queens in Ribe, Denmark
Whether guests are into the Vikings, the Middle Age Kings & Queens or ghosts of the past Ribe Bike Tours’ guides Line and Leon will bring the stories to live

Facts:

  • Line Fricke from Ribe, Danmark and Leon Walker from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand
  • Line is Master in Social Science Service Management and Leon is Bachelor of Commerce – International Business
  • Both have worked and lived in Shanghai, China the last 4 years
  • Line is also a yoga teacher in Ribe and blogs about yoga, travel and life at ShantiHabits.com
  • Leon enjoys talking about the stock market and kite surfing on the windy West Coast
  • The main languages on a guided bike tour with Ribe Bike Tours is Danish, Swedish and English but even a tour with some Chinese can be arranged
Ribe Bike Tours. www.ribebiketours.com
Ribe Bike Tours: www.ribebiketours.com

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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

Links that might interest you:

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
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Common Shelducks, Oystercatchers and Sandpipers

Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark is now UNESCO World Heritage

The Danish Wadden Sea National Park was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list  on June 23th 2014.
The list includes now a little more than 1000 natural and cultural wonders in the world.

Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark - Unesco World Heritage
Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark – UNESCO World Heritage

The Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2009.

To be worthy of inclusion on this list the site must be of outstanding universal value – and “contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance”

Common Shelducks, Oystercatchers and Sandpipers
Common Shelducks, Oystercatchers and Sandpipers in the Danish Wadden Sea National Park

Approximate 12 mill migratory birds are passing by the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark, Germany and Holland every spring and autumn to be fed up before flying on to their breeding grounds in north in spring and back to their winter grounds in south in autumn. The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of tidal flats world wide.
The cartoon “Flyway Bird Migration” follows the migratory birds on their annual cycle between Arctic and Africa: Flyway Bird Migration

Redshank and oystercatcher  with sandworm in its beak
A redshank and an oystercatcher with a sandworm in its beak in the Wadden Sea near Ribe
National Park Partner Wadden Sea
National Park Partner Wadden Sea

At Danhostel Ribe we are National Park Partners and next-door neighbour to the National Park.
The official opening of the Wadden Sea National Park took place outside the hostels windows on the “Meadow of the Heads”  on October 16th. 2010 with the participation of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim, Danish Minister of Environment Karen Ellemann and the mayor of Esbjerg Municipality Johnny Søtrup .

Inauguration of the Wadden Sea National Park Denmark.
Inauguration of the Wadden Sea National Park Denmark. From the right: HRH Prince Joachim, Danish Minister of Environment in 2010 Karen Ellemann and mayor of Esbjerg Municipality Johnny Søtrup

The Wadden Sea National Park – Denmark’s largest national park
The Wadden Sea National Park covers large parts of the coastal area between Ho Bay in the north and the Danish-German border in the south.  A distance of 100 km as the crow flies divided among four municipalities: Varde, Fano, Esbjerg and Tonder.

Sunset in the Wadden Sea National Park, Denmark
Sunset in the Wadden Sea National Park, Denmark

Unesco World Heritage in Denmark
Denmark has now 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
3 cultural and 2 natural. Futhermore Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle became Natural Unesco World Heritage in 2004

The 3 Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites are:

  • Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church (1994)
  • Kronborg Castle (2000)
  • Roskilde Cathedral (1995)

The 2 Natural Unesco World Heritage Sites are:

  • The Wadden Sea on the West Coast of Denmark (2014)
  • Stevns Cliff in southeastern Zealand (2014)
Grey Goose in the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark
Grey Goose in the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark

 All photos © Gudrun Rishede, Danhostel Ribe.

  • See lovely photos and a video from one of Vadehavscentret ved Ribe’s guided family tours in the Wadden Sea: Sea Explorer
  • Listen to Wadden Sea Songs, among others the National Park anthem “Gryden” (The Dip) from the launch of “Sea Scape – Wadden Sea Songs” album at Danhostel Ribe in 2013:
    Wadden Sea Music
barnacle geese
Barnacle geese in the Wadden Sea National Park

Kort dansk referat

Den Danske del af Nationalpark Vadehavet er i dag blevet UNESCO  Verdensarv sammen med Stevns Klint.
I forvejen havde følgende steder i Danmark opnået at blive optaget på Verdensarvlisten: Jellingstenene, Roskilde Domkirke, Kronborg slot,  og Ilulissat isfjord, hvis vi skal tage Grønland med.

Nationalpark Vadehavet er Danmarks største nationalpark. Cirka 12 mill trækfugle passerer nationalparken i Danmark, Tyskland og Holland i trækperioden hvert forår og efterår.
Nationalparken blev indviet på Hovedengen udenfor vandrerhjemmet i Ribe i 2010.

 

A Viking with a big beard. Together with his daughter

Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market

Enjoy Danhostel Ribe‘s best photos from the big International Viking Market in Ribe, May 2014

A Viking kiss at Ribe Viking Market
A Viking kiss at Ribe Viking Market

A Viking Kiss.  A 900 year-old Norse runic code on wooden tablets in some 80 inscriptions has
recently been broken by a runologist. The message was simply  “kiss me” .
Maybe this lovely kissing Viking couple sent this message to each other before this Viking kiss.

Viking warriors fighting with axes
Viking warriors fighting with axes

Viking Warriors fighting with axes at Ribe Viking Market in Denmark.

An Arab trader having his beard pulled by a Viking woman
An Arab trader having his beard pulled by a Viking woman

Ribe Viking Market is really international, but the Arab trader should beware of the Danish Viking
woman – she might give his beard a huge pull if he comes to close to her.

A Viking with a big beard. Together with his daughter
A Viking with a big beard. Together with his daughter

A Viking with a big plaited (braided) beard. Here together with his daughter

A Viking boy playing a Jew's harp
A Viking boy playing a Jew’s harp

A Viking boy playing a Jew’s harp at the international Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark

A cattlewoman and her child are looking after the cattle on the Viking manor farm
A cattlewoman and her child are looking after the cattle on the Viking manor farm

A cattlewoman and her child are looking after the cattle on the Viking manor farm

Viking child with his mother
Viking child with his mother

Viking child with his mother.

Viking boys playing with a rope. Will they fall into the stream or will they reach the other shore?
Viking boys playing with a rope. Will they fall into the stream or will they reach the other shore?

Viking boys playing with a rope. Will they fall into the stream or will they reach the other shore?

Viking boys playing the Viking board game Tafl
Viking boys playing the Viking board game Tafl

The Viking Boys are playing the Norse variant of the Viking board game Tafl or Hnefatafl.
Tafl in Old Norse means “table”. The board game was already played by the Scandinavian
people before A.D. 400.

Viking Photos
Viking Photos
Viking photo and the manager at Danhostel Ribe
Viking photo and the manager at Danhostel Ribe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the photos are taken by Danhostel Ribe’s photographer, Gudrun Rishede
See more Viking photos on the hostel’s walls and on the postcards “Vadehavskort“.

In Ribe old town you can walk our Viking Walk and in that way follow the footsteps of the Vikings in Denmark’s oldest town: Viking Walk

More knowledge about Vikings in Ribe. Ribe VikingeCenter and Museet Ribes Vikinger (Ribe Viking Museum)

See also the new lovely photos from Ribe town “Ribe – a photo essay” by Horsens and Beyond – Slow travel in Horsens and Southern Denmark

Find Danhostel Ribe på facebook
Danhostel Ribe’ 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.

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

Nationalpark Vadehavet. Plan 2013-2018 til debat på Danhostel Ribe

Fremtidsplaner for Nationalpark Vadehavet skal diskuteres i de 4 Vadehavskommuner

400 forslag og tiltag har dannet baggrund for Nationalparksplan Vadehavet for 2013-2018.
Planen skal nu i offentlig høring frem til den 30. juni 2012.
Der vil blive blive afholdt offentlige høringsmøder i de fire Vadehavskommuner.

Nationalparkplan-Vadehavet-2012-2018
Nationalparkplan-Vadehavet-2012-2018

 

Tidspunkterne for møderne omkring Nationalparkplanen er:

 
Tønder Kommune: 19. april kl. 19-21 i Ecco-centret
Esbjerg Kommune: 26. april kl. 19-21 på Danhostel Ribe
Fanø Kommune: 8. maj kl. 19-21 på Nordby Skole
Varde Kommune: 10. maj kl. 19-21 på Eventyrgården i Janderup

 
Nationalparkens formand Bent Poulsen siger om Nationalparkplan Vadehavet 2013-2018:
”Jeg er utrolig glad og stolt over det resultat, som vi er nået frem til, og jeg glæder mig til den forestående debat om indholdet i planen”, sagde Bent Poulsen og fortsatte: ”Det er en enig bestyrelse, der står bag udkastet, som er den foreløbige kulmination på en god proces, hvor Nationalparkrådet, borgere, institutioner og myndigheder har bidraget med forslag og idéer i stort tal”.

 

Vi glæder os til et stort fremmøde og en spændende diskussion på Danhostel Ribe

Her kan du læse hele Nationalparkplan Vadehavet og danne din egen mening:

 

ENGLISH:

 

The 2013-2018 National Park Plan for the Danish Wadden Sea  is now published
Future plans for the Wadden Sea National Park to be discussed at Danhostel Ribe 26th April. Have your say on the future of the Wadden Sea National Park

400 proposals and actions have formed the basis for the Wadden Sea National Park Plan for 2013-2018
The plan is now submitted to the public, and during the next weeks, it will be discussed at meetings in the four municipalities of the Wadden Sea.

Join the discussions at these places and times:
Tonder Municipality: 19th April 19-21pm. of Ecco Centre
Esbjerg Municipality: 26 april 19-21pm. at Danhostel Ribe
Fano Municipality: 8th May 19-21pm. at Nordby School
Varde Municipality: 10th May 19-21pm. at the Adventure Farm in Janderup

The President of the Wadden Sea National Park Bent Poulsen says of the National Park Plan 2013-2018:
“I am extremely pleased and proud of the result we have reached and I am looking forward to the upcoming debate on the content of the plan,” and he continues: “You find an unanimous Wadden Sea board behind the National Park Plan. The plan is the culmination of a good process in which the Wadden Sea National Park Council, citizens, institutions and authorities all have helped with many suggestions and ideas.”