The lofty lighthouse towers above the edge of the cliff, showing the way for both ships and birds. Next to it is a small lighthouse that is more than 200 years old. The area also abounds in stories from the Cold War. Top photo: Tage Klee

Perched 41 metres above sea level, the area at Stevns Lighthouse is the highest point on Stevns Klint. If you arrive here from the Stevns Klint Trampesti, you can see how the Cold War left its mark on large parts of the cliff. The paths turn into wide roads, leading you around the garage facility and the old barracks before arriving at the two lighthouses. If you are in a car or on a bike, you arrive through the old gate, which previously prevented all unauthorised persons from entering. Now everyone is welcome to enjoy a view that simply takes your breath away, whether you stand on the edge or at the top of the 27-metre-high lighthouse.

Take a Picnic

The delightful atmosphere and beautiful views make it the perfect place for a picnic or a cup of coffee at one of the bench-and-table sets or on a blanket on the grass.

Exhibitions

There is a free, permanent exhibition about the World Heritage Site and about fossils found at Stevns. There are often art exhibitions too - to find out more, visit Stevns Municipality’s website.

The area is open to cars and bikes every day from sunrise to sunset. The gate is closed at night. Pedestrians can pass via the Stevns Klint Trampesti 24 hours a day. Spending the night in the area is forbidden

 

The History of the Two Lighthouses

An extension of the lighthouse-keeper’s dwelling, the original lighthouse is a curve in the building facing the sea. The lighthouse and the dwelling date from 1818. The tall lighthouse was not built until 1878. It is built of chalk-stone carved out of Stevns Klint. At that time, carving and cutting into the cliff was permitted. The lighthouse is still in use and lights up in the dark. It is possible to enter both the lighthouse-keeper’s dwelling and the tall lighthouse – see the opening hours on Stevns Municipality’s website.

The Cold War

Besides being a perfect location for a lighthouse, which is visible from the Sound, it is also an ideal place for monitoring that stretch of water. That is why the lookout  ('Udkiggen') is situated almost right on the very edge, so they could keep an eye on, and make a note of the ships that passed through Danish waters. They kept a particularly beady eye on ships from the Soviet Union. The area was also part of Copenhagen’s air defence, and you can see clearly where the HAWK batteries were positioned.

To get a real sense of the connection between Stevns and the Cold War, visit Stevnsfort Cold War Museum.

A Special Spot for Birdwatchers

Stevns Klint serves not only as a maritime landmark, but also as a navigation point for a large number of migratory birds. While the birdlife is particularly special in spring and autumn, there are good opportunities for bird watching all year round, especially at Stevns Lighthouse Centre and Mandehoved.

Since 2007, a peregrine falcon couple have been breeding at Mandehoved, and several peregrine falcons have passed the cliff over the years. To find out more about the species that have been spotted at Stevns Klint, visit the website of Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (The Danish Ornithological Association).

Getting there

Stevns Fyrcenter, Fyrvej 2, Tommestrup, 4660 Store Heddinge.

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