Ribe - The oldest town in Denmark
Denmark's oldest town is steeped in history and art with shops and restaurants adding to an exceptional atmosphere.
Our area has so much to offer in terms of culture, history and nature, and there are places and experiences that you absolutely must not miss.
Watch the giant sculpture Man Meets the Sea looking out to the sea at the port entrance in Esbjerg. Experience the Viking Age brought to life at Ribe VikingeCenter, see the seals, aquariums and the offshore adventure in the North Sea in the Fisheries and Maritime Museum. Experience the unique nature and wild life of the Wadden Sea National Park in the Wadden Sea Center or go by tractor bus out into the Wadden Sea to the small island of Mandø.
Go and have a look at Ribes Viking Museum and at Esbjerg Museum to get the exciting history of our area. The newly opened Jacob A. Riis Museum is telling the story of the young man from Ribe who became famous in the United States. Enjoy world-class art at the art museums in Ribe and Esbjerg, and don't forget Ribe Cathedral with the Tower, from which there are magnificent views of Ribe and the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea.
If you move further south, you will find the Marsk Tower in Skærbæk. In Lintrup you can experience a cozy day in a completely unique zoo Glad Zoo and in Givskud Zoo exciting experiences await the whole family.
From Esbjerg, the ferry service sails to Fanø’s main town, Nordby – a lovely 12 minute crossing. Enough time to wind down and relax for a bit. Nordby is a small town with a wonderful atmosphere and lots of beautiful old houses, not to mention the lovely landscape that surrounds it.
Visitors arriving in Esbjerg from the sea are greeted by Svend Wiig Hansen’s monumental sculpture "Man meets the Sea", which was raised on the occasion of Esbjerg celebrating its 100th anniversary as an independent municipality in 1994. It was officially unveiled on 28 October 1995.