Ribe Viking Museum

Ribe, Denmark

Ribe Viking Museum exhibits the history of Ribe from the Viking Age through the Middle Ages down to the year 1700. The museum presents thousands of findings and reconstructed environments from 1300 years old Ribe town in the Viking Age and the Middle Ages.


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Lustrupvej 4, Ribe, Denmark
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Category: Museums in Denmark

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Monique Hut (5 months ago)
We loved this. The kids had a great time finding the culprit who stole Frida's salt. All the things they could do, it was amazing and so much fun. The grown-ups had just as much fun looking around and joining the kids in the salt mystery. And I think our daughter will try out archery at home now.
Sara R. (6 months ago)
Very interesting historic park. We were surprised by the knowledge of "actors" they will answer all your questions. The park is big with different activities over the day. Also, there's a restaurant for a quick break during the visit. Must visit if you are near Ribe.
maheswari tribhuana (7 months ago)
We had a great visit for the 4th times not so many activities on week days unfortunately but always love the friendliness of their Viking volunteer with eye opening information to which what we see on Viking series indeed 99% fantasy
Markus Flaig (8 months ago)
It was quite good but we expected a wider range of activities which were available with the activity pass. The ones available targeted mainly younger children with an age range of 6 to 12 years. Other than that the Viking Center was beautifully arranged.
Kaspar Brygger (8 months ago)
Great place to stop and be taken back in time. Very friendly staff and great entertainment for kids to try fighting like Vikings and shoot bow and arrow, wood carvings and coin making.
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