Within just 120 km south of Copenhagen there are a number of unique places, which we are going to discuss in this article.
1. Island of Møn – a trip there is an adventure in itself. If you turn your attention to the south, the starting point must be on the island of Møn. Many things can be said about this island, and I have already written a note about it, so I will not dwell on it again just noticing that these are lime rocks with the height of 140 meters, which may be seen here only. If you are interested, read more about Møn Clint here.
Address:Stengårdsvej 8, 4791 Borre
Open hours: Geo center Møns Clint: from 1st April to 31st October, from 11 am till 5 pm
Admission: walk along the coast and visit the white cliffs - free of charge. Visiting Geo centre, getting to know the history of a that place for adults - 115 DKK, for children from 3 years - 75 DKK.
2. Romantic park Liselund. Coming to the park, you seem to get to a fairy-tale. Antoine de la Calmette, who was the mayor on the island of Møn in 1790, called the palace and the park that he founded after his wife Lisa. On the territory of the park there is a refined Swiss chalet, a Norwegian cottage and a Chinese tea house. The peace of the park is given by beautiful lakes and huge trees surrounding these places.
Address: Langebjergvej 4, 4791 Borre
Open hours: the park is open to visitors all year round. Museum - Liselund castle is open to visitors from 1st May to 30 September, from Wednesday to Sunday at 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 13:30 pm and 14:00 pm.
Admission: free of charge for everyone.
3. Caramel factory in Stege. In the former sugar factory there is a small production, where based on ancient recipes, caramel and other treats are produced. All the process is visible, everything can be tried, if you want, and children can take part in the process and make a lollypop for themselves under the guidance of the factory staff.
Besides the lollypop factory here you can visit playground ”Fun and Play”, located in the town forest, to north-east of town Stege. Here you will find a 2.4 km route with an amphitheater, forest lakes, different climbing frames and attractions for adults and children. In summer the town of Stege turns into a quite lively place, with lots of tourists and fairs on Tuesdays.
Address: Stege, Kostervej 2
Open hours: all year round Mon - Fri. from 10 am till 4 pm, on weekends till 2 pm.
Admission: free of charge, except for purchases made in the store
4. Kalvehave mazes. Right next to the bridge connecting the islands of Møn and Sjaelland there is a small town Kalvehave, an excellent place for a family picnic.
Efeu labyrinth will become a challenge for body and mind, if you would like to find out how good your eye for ground is. If you can get to the centre of the maze, you will be able to climb the tower, from where you will see the panorama of the surrounding countryside. The labyrinth takes 1 300 m2, made as a fence covered with ivy, which gave the name to the place.
If 1 300 m2 seems too childish for you, try the Planet labyrinth, located nearby. This maze occupies 5 000 m2 and it is made is circular shapes, symbolizing different planets. Numerous posters along the maze paths tell about the planets and the Solar system.
Address: Kalvehave, DK 4771, Hovvejen 12
Open hours: from 4th May to 2nd September from 10 am till 4 pm, from 30th June to 14th August from 2 pm till 6 pm.
Admission: adults 65 DKK, children from 3 years old 55 DKK.
5. 17 km to the west of Kalvehave there is the town of Vordingborg, being the cultural centre of southern Sjaelland. This is the venue for a variety of cultural, musical and theatrical events, as well as numerous festivals, exhibitions and concerts. In summer most events are held outdoors, or in the concert hall ”STARS”, hosting around 100 concerts per season.
Those who are keen on history, should go to the Goose tower, built by one of the former rulers of Denmark – Valdemar IV as early as in 1362. The Goose tower is 26 high: it used to serve as a watch tower of the time and at the same time it was a part of the ancient castle Vordinborg. Today we can see only the ruins of that castle. The tower, topped with a golden goose, was converted into the town museum.
Address: Vordingborg, DK 4760, Slotsruinen 1
Open hours: Tue. - Sun. from 10 am till 4 pm.
Admission: free of charge.
6. 39 km to the north of the town of Vordinborg there is theme park ”Bon bon land” – an definitely family spot. Over 60 attractions, 4D cinema, a huge playground on 10 000 m2 will keep you busy all the time of your stay in the park.
Address: Holmegaard, DK 4684, Gartnervej 2
Open hours: amusement park: April, May and September on weekends from 10 am till 5 pm. All days from June to 19th August from 10 am till 5 pm, in July from 10 am till 7 pm.
Admission: adults from 199 DKK, children up to 3 years old free of charge.
7. If you like time travels, then on the way back to Copenhagen, I advise you to visit the cold war museum Stevnsfortet in Rødvig. The museum is located on the depth of 18 meters and is a 1.6 km long underground bastion. During the cold war time the main objectives of the bastion were the control of the actions of the opponents, i.e. Eastern block countries, and blocking the Sound strait, if required. For this purpose a fully automated video surveillance system was installed and two anti-aircraft mounts were installed. Today they are among the exhibits of the museum.
Address: Rødvig, DK 4673, Korsnæbsvej 60
Open hours: all days of the week from 10 am till 5 pm between April and October.
Admission: adults 110 DKK, children from 6 years 60 DKK.
You can buy a ticket to the museum, without descending into the dungeon. In this case, the ticket price for adults 20 DKK, children free of charge.
6 km to the north-east of the city Rødvig there is one of the most ancient churches in Denmark Højerup Gamle Kirke, built in 1250 - 1300. Owing to the threat of landslides, it has not been in operation since the beginning of the 20th century, however, it is open for visitors. From the church balcony, at the height of 40 meters overlooking the sea, there is a miraculous view on the rocks of the Stevns cliff and Køge harbour. The rocks of the Stevns cliff are less magnificent than Møns Klint but at least as picturesque.
Address: Store Heddinge, DK 4660, Højerup
Open hours: round-the-clock
Admission: free of charge
It is evident that the southern part of the island of Sjaelland may offer a lot: historic museums, theme parks, ancient churches and castles, picturesque nature with lakes, woods and rocky coast, sandy beaches etc. no doubt that a trip to the south of Denmark may be merry and cognitive regardless of whether you go alone, with a partner or with all your big family.