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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.


Earth Hour 2012 at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark

Danhostel Ribe promises spooky stories about decapitated pirates outside the hostel and a headless pirate who haunts the hostel when they invite to Earth Hour for the 5th year in a row at the 31th of March from 8.30pm-9.30pm.

Earth Hour at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark
Don' miss Earth Hour. Hans Jessen Søhane will tell you about the pirates he caught

When Danhostel Ribe turns out the electric lights and lights the candles on Earth  Hour the 31th of March 2012 from 8.30pm-9.30pm. the brave merchant Hans Jessen Søhane has decided to stop by and tell about the time he caught a bunch of pirates, which was later beheaded and had their heads placed on stakes at the meadow outside the hostel as a warning to everyone who came sailing up the Ribe River.

This is now many years ago, but guests at Danhostel Ribe have noticed that sometimes at midnight they see the beheaded pirate Morten Thode wandering around at the hostel. He’s looking for his head. So far as we know, however, he never bothered anyone. But if you want to find out for yourself you will have to book an overnight stay at the hostel – and guarantees of seeing any ghosts are not included. But we can guaranty that Danhostel Ribe’s host, Jens Philipsen, will tell you about this hostel ghost, who was beheaded in 1555 – if you dare to hear about him and perhaps also see his head.
Not everything will be scary this evening, there will also be served organic coffee (Good Origin and traceable from farmer to cup), the popular Wadden Sea tea (that Danhostel Ribe has developed along with Carsten’s tea shop in Aabenraa) and homemade cookies.
Admission is free for both guests at the hostel and Ribe citizens.

Since Earth Hour also is a time when we remind each other that we need to remember to take care of the environment it will also be possible that evening to hear about the Ribe Sol solar energy project, or about Danhostel Ribes Green Key eco-certification.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest climate event in which municipalities, businesses and individuals around the world remind each other that we must care for the environment.
In 2011 the light was turned off for the climate in over 5200 cities in 135 countries worldwide. Also Esbjerg Municipality shuts off street lights in Ribe town again this year
Earth Hour in Denmark is organized by WWF and Codan.
Uhyggen breder sig, når Danhostel Ribe inviterer til Earth Hour (Sluk lyset Danmark) d. 31. marts. fra kl. 20.30 – 21.30. I stearinlysenes skær fortæller Købmand Hans Jessen Søhane historien om de sørøvere han fangede og som siden blev halshugget og fik sat deres hoveder på stage på engen udenfor vandrerhjemmet (deraf navnet Hovedengen).
Én af disse hovedløse sørøvere, Morten Tode – der blev halshugget i 1555 – spøger på vandrerhjemmet. Han leder vel efter sit hoved?
Danhostel Ribes vært, Jens Philipsen, vil fortælle om husspøgelset, hvis du tør høre om ham. Vil du møde spøgelset selv, så bliver du selvfølgelig nødt til at bestille en overnatning på vandrerhjemmet – for han plejer først at vise sig ved 24-tiden. Der er dog ingen ”spøgelses-garanti”.
Gratis Vadehavste, økologisk kaffe og hjemmebagte småkager . Alle er velkomne og der er gratis adgang.
Vi fortæller også gerne om Ribe Sol projektet og vores Green Key certificering
Esbjerg Kommune slukker gadelysene i Ribe by i Earth Hour timen

Ribe’s first DM Danish Championship in rock climbing in the hostel’s sports hall

Yesterday we had our first DM in our sports hall
That was possible because we have built one of the best climbing walls in Denmark in Ribehallen, our sports hall at Danhostel Ribe.
It was the Danish Championship in rock climbing for both senior women and men arranged by Ribe Klatreklub (Ribe Climbing Club).
It was the first time the Danish Championship took place in Southwest Jutland.

The route was built by Christian Bindhammer from Germany
He is an experienced rock climber and has won several German and international prices – like the German Championship Frankenthal  2007 (Deutsche Meisterschaft Frankenthal 2007) and a second place in Rock Climbing World Cup in Valence, France (Weltcup Valence 2004).
We understand why he won these prices, because after the chairman of the Ribe climbers, Allan Beck, and the vice mayor of Esbjerg municipality, Jakob Lose, had opened  the Danish Championship, Christian Bindhammer climbed the route he built, to show how  it CAN be done  Spider-Man-style.
While he was climbing you could watch how the Danish climbers prepared themselves mentally and physically by studying his route and moves doing the same movements with their arms and legs while standing on the sports hall’s floor.

Denmark’s best rock climbers 2010 are:

Senior women:
1. Mette Thomsen, Københavns Klatreklub. See  Mette Thomsen win on the documentary from DM 2010 here
2. Michelle Kim Theisen, Pløks, Skovlunde Klatreklub
3. Karin Wied Thomsen, Københavns Klatreklub
4. Pernille Winsløv Wied, Københavns Klatreklub

Senior men:
1. Emil Jespersen, Pløks, Skovlunde Klatreklub. See Emil Jespersen win on the the documentary from DM 2010 here
2. Christian Wied, Københavns Klatreklub
3. Johannes Madsen, Københavns Klatreklub
4. Steen Christensen, Ribe Klatreklub


I also got almost to the top, but it was with help from a lift and Rikke, a climber from Ribe Klatreklub. From the lift I made my first movie ever and now it is showed on Danhostel Ribe’s facebook, on You Tube, and now here on our blog. This documentary film is from the qualifying round of senior women with a few photos from climbers, speakers, and spectators in the sports hall.

Here are links to Ribe Klatreklub and DM i ruteklatring 2010