The Wadden Sea
The Wadden Sea is neither land nor sea. One moment it looks like dry seabed and 6 hours later it is completely flooded. Since the Ice Age, the water level rose and since no concomitant land rise has occurred in the south-western Jutland, the Wadden Sea emerged.
Mandø, the Wadden Sea Island between Rømø and Fanø, is likely one of Denmark’s most peaceful islands so there are only a few points of resemblance with the other holiday islands in the Wadden Sea. That Mandø has remained so untouched by tourism is simply due to the tide, since at the high tide, there is no traffic connection to the outside world.
Safely arrived on Mandø, a good place to start is with a visit to Mandø Tourist Office, where you will find inspiration to the many adventures on the island, a little history, anecdotes and great information.
You will find several possibilities for overnight accommodation in every price range and with something for every taste, for you, your family and friends – even your horse. Here is room for everyone who delights in peace and quiet in scenic surroundings during any season.
On Mandø, the possibilities for wonderful hiking and biking trips are legend and a must for exploring the island’s exceptional flora and fauna.
Coloured posts along the roads mark 6 different routes. The colour as well as the length of the trip is noted on the map. Bicycle rentals are available in Ribe as well as on Mandø. Bicycling to Mandø along Låningsvejen is not recommended. A bicycle ticket must be purchased for the Mandø bus.
Birds in the sky, the sea teeming with life and sandbanks on the horizon. The Wadden Sea is a genuinely authentic experience all though the year.
Join one of the many tours where nature guides generously share their enthusiasm. When you have seen, felt and heard the vibrant tidal pulse of the Wadden Sea, you will understand why the area is UNESCO’s World Heritage.
The flora on Mandø is characterised by the vegetation having to endure the strong westerly winds that often rule in the flat landscape. Even so, you will find and exciting selection of plants inside as well as outside the dike.
During the peak season, the tractor bus is available for trips to the sandbank Koresand, where you will find a gorgeous sandy beach perfect for swimming and searching for amber. Swimming is also possible south west of Mandø, due west of the storm surge column, but there is no marked beach on the island.
The migration season during the spring and the autumn is the best time to observe the birds in the Wadden Sea. On Mandø, the best places for observing the birds are Skællebankerampen, Slusen and Sønderrampe.
Until the middle of June, the breeding season is at its height and any traffic in the foreland of the saltmarshes must be accompanied by the greatest respect for the birds and their breeding grounds.
A horseback ride across the seabed in the Wadden Sea National Park is a matchless experience. Riding around on the island and on the huge sandbank Koresand offer majestic splendour for horse and rider.
If you deside to ride to the island Mandø or just visit the island remember to make inquiries about the tides.
Market day and flea market on Skibbroen. Do a good deal every Wednesday on Skibbroen. Experience the atmosphere, meet the local tradesman and have the chance to buy special and unusual things.
Childrens Flea Market
At the square by the cathedral the children have their private market.
Important historical events in Ribe
Before year 704-710
The earliest traces of trading and craftsmanship in Sct. Nicolaj Gade.
The parcelled out market square was built.
Maren Spliid is possibly the best-known witch in Denmark as a result of an unusually well-documented court case. She lived at Sønderportsgade 3. Following a dramatic trial, she was burned at the stake in Galgebakkerne north of Ribe on 9 November 1641 as one of the last women in Denmark to have been found guilty of practising witchcraft.
Journalist, social reformer, photographer and journalist. Jacob A. Riis was born in Skolegade in 1849. Young and hopelessly in love, he left Ribe in 1870 for the United States of America and the dream of a new life of riches. As a journalist, he was the first to draw attention to the plight of the poor in New York by means of his photographs.
A Bishop See
St. Catharinæ Abbey and Monastary was founded in 1228 by the mendicant friars of the Dominican order, also known in Denmark as The Black Friars. The current church dates from around 1400 and is the third church to occupy the site.
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