Mask of beheaded pirate from Ribe Viking Museum's children's activity exhibition: Museums and Activity Centres
Beheaded pirate ghosts disturb the hostel guests sleep
We warn you – some of our guests believe they have seen the pirate Morten Thode walk around restlessly at midnight to look for his head at Danhostel Ribe in Denmark!
The pirate Morten Thode and his men were beheaded in 1555 and then their heads were put on stakes at the Hovedengen (Meadow of Heads) located at the entrance to the harbour. Meadow of the Heads is the meadow just outside our hostel.
If you want to know more about this historic event, you can read the true story here: Beheaded Pirates
Ribe River (Ribe Å) and Meadow of the Heads (Hovedeengen) where decapitated Pirated had their heads put on stakes. In the background: Danhostel Ribe and our sports hall
Morten Thode has certainly become very peaceful through time, because he has done no harm to anyone – so far at least! Be sure to let us know if you encounter any midnight ghost disturbances!