Ringkøbing is an old market town located 9 kilometers from Søndervig. The city was voted Europe's Happiest City in 2007.
Take the bike and cycle along Denmark's Oldest Cycle Path along the fjord where you pass Gammelsogn Church, located close to Ringkøbing Fjord.
The close location of the church by the fjord was due to the fact that before the Klitboers, on the isthmus between Ringkøbing Fjord and the North Sea, got their own churches, they sailed or, when the fjord was frozen, they skated across the fjord to participate in the church services.
Gammelsogn Church is believed to have been completed around the year 1170 with choir and nave. The church is built of granite blocks on top of a double plinth. The tower is predominantly built of monks' stone and is a medieval addition. It used to serve as a sea mark. Interesting frescoes appeared during a major renovation in 1968-1969. The baptismal font and altar table are in granite and from the early days of the church. The altarpiece is late Renaissance, the paintings in the side panel and in the top piece are from the 1700th century. In the choir there is a writing chair from 1635.
Did you know that the well-known architect in Denmark, Martin Nyrop, was born and raised at the parsonage in Holmsland. The best known of his buildings is Copenhagen's Town Hall. You will find a statue of him first on the right-hand side as you drive into Kloster town.
Park the bike on Torvet and take a look at the old market town. Maybe sit down at Hotel Ringkøbing and enjoy a draft beer - maybe jazz is played (Saturday) and let the kids pop over to the Vaffelboden and buy a soft ice from Uli... Or buy a sausage from the sausage truck.
Then take a walk down Vester Strandgade to the harbour. On the way you will meet the sculpture "The Fat Lady". Go to the left to the marina, enjoy the atmosphere in the "Chief's Town", the small tool houses where yarn is sorted.
Experience the cobbled streets with the cozy houses before heading back towards Søndervig, and perhaps consider stopping by the Ringkøbing city museum.