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Ribe Holiday

Admire grand churches, learn about Viking history and dig for fossils in a town that boasts more than 1,300 years of history.

Ribe is a picturesque place with a lot of history. The oldest town in Denmark, Ribe was founded by the Vikings in the 8th century and is dotted with many historical buildings. Tour these well-preserved reminders of the past and learn about Ribe through the ages.

Glimpses of the town’s Viking past can be in the Ribes Vikinger, which follows 1,000 years of the town's development. See Viking tools, instruments and everyday items, and view the facsimile of a Viking ship. Then visit the Ribe Vikinge Center, an open-air museum that recreates life in Viking times. There are replica buildings, staff dressed in period costumes, falconry, archery and demonstrations of Viking-era crafts.

One of the buildings to survive from the Viking Age is Ribe Cathedral (Ribe Domkirke). Admire its mix of architectural styles from several centuries and then climb up the 14th-century tower. Take in sweeping views of Ribe from the top of this 170-foot (52-meter) structure. 

Investigate some of the town’s other historic buildings. Go to St. Catharine Abbey and Monastery. It was founded in  1228 but the current church was built at the beginning of the 15th century. Explore Gram Castle, a stately building that took three centuries to build, starting in 1470. Come back at night for the ghost tours. Stop by the Gothic-style Gamle Rådhus, the 15th-century town hall.

Get interactive with history by digging for fossils at Gram Lergrav, a geological site. This is a popular attraction with children. They will also enjoy experiencing Iron Age life at Hjemsted Oldtidspark. Wear period costumes, visit the underground museum and take part in such activities as grinding grain and cooking over a fire. Another highlight for younger visitors in particular is Ribelund Mini Zoo, where you can pet goats, red deer, donkeys and small kangaroos.

Ribe is situated in southwest Denmark and can be reached by bus and train from many other Danish towns. The main international airport serving the area is in Billund, approximately 39 miles (63 kilometers) northeast of Ribe. Come to experience more than 1,000 years’ worth of history inside this fascinating town.


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Zleep Hotel Billund AU$137
Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2019
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Zleep Hotel Billund

Zleep Hotel Billund

Passager Terminalen 4, Billund
     
    3.8 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Room was very well arranged...everything had a place. The hotel is right by the airport, however, double-paned windows blocked all jet sounds. Sleep should keep expanding its properties - good job, guys!

    Hotel LEGOLAND, DENMARK AU$204
    Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2019
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    Hotel LEGOLAND, DENMARK

    Hotel LEGOLAND, DENMARK

    Aastvej 10, Billund
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Good theming and lots for young kids to do. However catering options (except breakfast which is inclusive) very expensive

      Hotel Svanen, Billund AU$165
      Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2019
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      Hotel Svanen, Billund

      Hotel Svanen, Billund

      Nordmarksvej 8, Billund
         
        3.8 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Friendly, helpful staff, a short walk to legoland and lalandia

        Hotel Britannia AU$193
        Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2019
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        Hotel Britannia

        Hotel Britannia

        Torvegade 24, Esbjerg
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          We enjoyed our visit to Esbjerg and surrounding area. Hotel Britannia is ideally located for touring the city and getting to and from the railroad station by foot.

          Scandic Olympic AU$193
          Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2019
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          Scandic Olympic

          Scandic Olympic

          Strandbygade 3, Esbjerg
             
            4.0 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            We only stayed for one night, but the hotel is conveniently located and service was great!

            Hotel Propellen AU$203
            Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019
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            Hotel Propellen

            Hotel Propellen

            Nordmarksvej 3, Billund
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The young woman on reception was just wonderful. Helpful, friendly, welcoming. Even better ( for me, if not for her!!) she was back on duty as I was checking out. Restaurant. A1. Batr Bar. Just me... and

              Weis Stue AU$107
              Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2019
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              Weis Stue

              Weis Stue

              Torvet 2, Ribe
                 
                4.1 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This quirky lodging is right in the centre of Ribe. It has what its website says (shared toilet/ shower facilities) so expectations were met. However the quirky factor was exceeded, a tiny doorway from the restaurant leads up to a creeky, crooked landing. We loved it. A coffee machine or facilities ...

                Hotel Dagmar AU$200
                Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2019
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                Hotel Dagmar

                Hotel Dagmar

                Torvet 1, Ribe
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very good position in town. An interesting old hotel in a conservation area .

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