Ribe, Denmark, about 150 mi/240 km southwest of Copenhagen, is the oldest continuously occupied city in the country. Plan to stop there for about three hours. Many old brick-and-timber buildings are still standing; we especially liked the 12th-century cathedral that sits on the site of one of the country's first churches, built around AD 860. Ribe is also known for its strong Viking history; be sure to check out the Ribe Viking Center to learn more about the Vikings and their involvement with the area.

During the evening May-September, a night watchman strolls through town singing traditional folk songs. http://www.visitribe.dk.

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