Denmark’s Oldest Town in Pictures

Denmark’s Oldest Town in Pictures

Ribe, Denmark—the oldest surviving town in Scandinavia—is one of the prettiest villages we’ve ever seen. Although popular with tourists, it doesn’t feel hokie or crowded (even in August). A stroll around town reveals a pretty little riverfront, where pleasure boats are moored; museums about Danish art and about the Viking presence in Ribe; and lots of colorful buildings from the late 1500s. Ribe began as a coastal trading center in the 700s, but a century later it became the site of the first Christian church in Scandinavia. The current cathedral, which dominates the town square, is a fun mishmash of architectural styles from the 1100s through 1300s.

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