Gamle Stan -- The historic core of Ribe is the gem of all Old Towns on the peninsula of Jutland. Beginning at the Torvet or old market square, you can fan out in all directions, covering most of the major streets or lanes of interest within 2 hours, maybe more if you have the time. The well-preserved Ribe of the Middle Ages surrounds the cathedral, the Ribe Domkirke.

Instead of wandering at random, you can visit the tourist office, which sells a copy of a guided walking tour of Ribe for DKK10 ($1.70/£1). Our favorite hotel (Dagmar) and our favorite Ribe restaurant (Weis Stue) open onto the main square.

From Torvet many streets radiate out -- take Skolegade, for example, opening onto the west side of the Domkirke. Riis spent his final decade on the street at Hans Tausen's House, which dates from the early 17th century. A plaque marks the spot.

To the east of Torvet lies Skt. Catharine Kirke, the only remaining church built before the Reformation.

Arm yourself with a tourist-office map and discover other streets that evoke the Middle Ages, of which Fiskergade is one of the most evocative, with its offshoot alleys that lead to the riverfront. Talk about narrow alleys.

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