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Winter in Ribe, Denmark

Winter and “hygge” in Denmark. Visit the oldest town in Scandinavia: Ribe

Room with a view. Ribe and Ribe Cathedral seen from the hostel's top floor
Ribe in Denmark. View of Ribe Cathedral from Danhostel Ribe

Our tribute to our old and authentic town, Ribe

This view of Ribe old town in Denmark was ours the last 31 years as managers at Danhostel Ribe – the hostel in Ribe.  Now it is time for us to say goodbye, but before a new manager takes over next year, we’ll pay a tribute to our lovely town at wintertime in this last blog post.

Streets of Ribe - a cosy little town in Denmark
Streets of the cosy little town, Ribe in Denmark. This street is Fiskergade (gade=street)

If you like the atmosphere in a smaller town

you’ll certainly like Ribe. Ribe is a beautiful historic town by the North Sea  and the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, not far away from Legoland or the German border.

Winter in Ribe,  Denmark
A beautiful winter’s day in the streets of Ribe, Denmark. This street is Sortebrødregade

Maybe You Should Rethink your Winter Break

If you want a break far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and had enough of noise and crowds, we suggest that you go for a winter break in a smaller town. Why not choose Ribe?
VisitDenmark – The official tourism and travel information guide to Denmark –  mentions Ribe first in “Denmark’s prettiest towns” and Ribe was also recently voted “The winner of Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destinations

The authentic Ribe in Denmark at wintertime
In winter everything seems much slower and Ribe is less touristy and more authentic. This photo is from  Puggaardsgade

The authentic Ribe at wintertime

Winter is a great time to travel if you want to see the authentic Denmark.  In winter everything seems much slower. Also,  travel is cheaper (Link: the hostel’s offers) and Ribe is less touristy, when the peak season is over, and the starlings have danced their last so-called Black Sun dance by the end of October.
Black Sun is Denmark’s biggest natural phenomena. MNS recently mentioned it as one of the “24 of the coolest and most surreal natural phenomena on earth” while linking to our hostel’s explanation of the phenomena: Black Sun

One of many alleys in Ribe, Denmark
One of the beautiful alleys in Ribe

Recommended blog posts about Christmas and winter in Ribe

We can recommend these two blog posts:
– Christmas and winter in Ribe is special. 30 photos from Ribe in Denmark

Christmastime in Denmark – and in beautiful Ribe

Hygge - a new trend. In Ribe town youl'll find it all the time
Danish “hygge” lifestyle is a new trend worldwide. Photo from Fiskergade

Danish “hygge” lifestyle – a new trend worldwide

No doubt that the Danish  “hygge” lifestyle has become a new trend worldwide.
The Danish word “Hygge” made it to the shortlist of Oxford Dictionaries  international word of the year. It lost out to the word ‘Post-truth’ – but no doubt, the “hygge” lifestyle has become a popular gift to the world from Denmark.
Many Danes associate hygge (≈ cosiness) with Ribe old town – where winding cobblestone streets and alleys, half-timbered houses and crooked doors and windows make people feel comfortable and remind them of H. C. Andersen’s fairy tales.

Viking heritage in the Viking town Ribe, Denmark
The Vikings lived, worked and traded in Ribe. This photo is from the street Puggaardsgade, but the street and the buildings are not from the Viking Age

The Viking town Ribe

Ribe is Denmark’s – as well as Scandinavia’s – oldest town. This historic port town has pretty much seen it all.
Vikings lived, worked and traded in Ribe when it was founded early in the 8th century AD, and soon became the largest trading centre of the Nordic countries.
The results of the latest archaeological finds and research convinced some archaeologists that the Viking Era started in Ribe and not in the year 793 AD, after the Vikings landed in England on the first official Viking raid.

Ribe Art Museum, Denmark. Details
Ribe Art Museum in Sct. Nicolai street – Scandinavia’s first pedestrian street

Scandinavia’s first pedestrian street

You will see no buildings left from the Viking Age in Ribe, but when you stroll along Sct. Nicolai street, you walk on top of what was also Scandinavia’s first pedestrian street. In this street Vikings could go shopping food and clothes, but also luxury goods such as jewellery and knives. You can see many of the artifacts found here on display in Ribe Viking Museum at the end of the street.

The medieval Cathedral in Ribe
The Cathedral is the biggest attraction among the preserved medieval buildings in Ribe. Photo from Torvet

The Medieval and Renaissance heritage of Ribe

Ribe has more than 120 preserved buildings, only Copenhagen has more, but they are scattered throughout the city, while in Ribe they are within walking distance from our hostel, Danhostel Ribe.
Many medieval buildings can be seen in Ribe, and according to the Danish Agency for Culture,  Ribe is Denmark’s best preserved Medieval town.
Many of the old buildings are Renaissance buildings from around 1580, due to a big town fire at that time.

Ribe harbour a winter day
Ribe harbour a winter day

Enjoy the silence – it has become a luxury

Peace and quiet has become a luxury in a noisy modern world. In Ribe you don’t have to pay extra to have a little  privacy, space and silence.

Ribe Harbour on a misty winter's day
Enjoy a little peace and quiet on a stroll along the harbour.  Even a misty day is beautiful

In Ribe you can have space and silence

A walk along the river, Skibbroen, is a pleasant and relaxing experience for both mind and body.

The Art Museum's park  in Ribe
Seagulls in the Art Museum’s park Ribe

 A Mindful Walk in the Park

Alternatively, you could enjoy a walk in one of our beautiful parks. By the river in Ribe Art Museum‘s park, where Vikings once were busy traders, you may be lucky to watch several wintering birds, like ducks, swans, geese, and seagulls.

One of the best place to watch wildlife in Denmark is the Wadden Sea National Park
Birdwatching – the Wadden Sea National Park is one of the best places to go birding in Denmark

The best place to watch wildlife

If you really want to go birding in winter, is one of the best places in Denmark the Wadden Sea National Park, which  attract huge flocks of overwintering birds.

The hostel in Ribe, Denmark. The heart of Ribe an the Wadden Sea National Park
The hostel in Ribe, Denmark. The hostel stands in the heart of Ribe and proudly – as the only part of Ribe – in the heart of a national park

A National Park and a UNESCO Site

When you walk along the quay, Skibbroen, you can see our hostel on the other side of the river.  The meadow outside the hostel is part of a national park.
The Danish Wadden Sea National Park is the biggest national park in Denmark, but in Ribe only the meadow outside the hostel is part of it. Several times every winter the meadow is flooded, when the water level in the river rises all the way to the front of the hostel.
Parts of the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2014. For further information and adventures in the national park: Wadden Sea National Park and Storm Surges

Old street lamp on old house
Street lamp in Ribe, Denmark

 Look up to see all the details

Street lamps, guild signs, roofs without gutters, and crosses carved in the timber uprights holding up the roof meant as protection against witches and witchcraft are all good examples of details. But if you want to know some of Ribe’s history, you should study our “self-guided walking tour of old town Ribe in Denmark” or read the story of Maren Spliid and other “witches” in Ribe.   (you can find both articles in German and Danish on the hostel’s homepage too)

Wrap up warm and have a snowball fight
Wrap up warm and have a snowball fight

Wrap up warm and have a snowball fight

Dress in a woolly jumper or a warm coat and have a snowball fight, You can warm up with a  cup of hot chocolate  in one of the many cafés after.

Snowman outside the hostel
Snowman on the meadow outside the hostel

Build a snowman

– or build a snowman on the meadow by the river just outside the hostel.

The pedestrian high street of Ribe in Denmark at Christmas time
The pedestrian high street of Ribe during the festive season

Do your Christmas shopping under festive lights

Christmas shopping always feels a little bit more authentic in the dark and under lovely lights. The pedestrian high street offers good Christmas shopping in the town centre of our historic town.

Christmas shopping during a December weekend in Ribe, Denmark
Christmas shopping in Ribe, Denmark

If you had enough of crowded Christmas markets

If you had enough of glittering and famous, but crowded Christmas markets around Europe, we can recommend Christmas shopping in Ribe. The weekends are a little busier than usual due to the many Christmas events.

A few more winter photos to enjoy

Listen to the organ grinder's music, when he plays his barrel organ in the streets
The organ grinder entertains young and old
 Go sleighing for free with horse-drawn carriage in Ribe
Enjoy a free ride in a horse-drawn sleigh
Meet Santa in Ribe, Denmark
Meet Santa with a bag full of goodies
The pedestrian street in Ribe
The pedestrian high street and the Cathedral in Ribe
Boats in the harbor. Ribe in Denmark
Boats in the harbour
The harbour - Christmas in Ribe
The harbour – Christmas in Ribe
Not all sculptures are in museums
Not all sculptures are in museums. In the background is Sct Catharinæ Church – also from the Middle Ages
Christmas decorations and lights
Christmas decorations and lights
In the park
In the park

 Never mind the weather

….if you stay at the hostel, you can just look out of the window.
But on the other hand: There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.

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Room with a view at Danhostel Ribe
Room with a view at Danhostel Ribe – a view of the old town and the harbour from the top floor

 

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Written by Gudrun Rishede and Jens Philipsen, Danhostel Ribe
© All photos: Gudrun Rishede