A Day Trip to the World Heritage Site
A day of culture and world heritage?
Start your day at Stevns Lighthouse Centre. It is a thrilling place, because this is where Stevns Klint is at its highest: 41 metres above sea level. You can get even higher if walk to the top of the lighthouse. You can also visit the old lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling.
The area tells stories of the Cold War and there is a permanent fossil and World Heritage exhibition.
Højerup is the place if you want to see more of the World Heritage. This is where the samples were taken, which proved the theory about an asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago, and the reason Stevns Klint was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Also visit Højerup Old Church, whose quire crashed into the sea in 1928. There is a beautiful memorial park, paths and a playground.
You can descend to the beach down the steep steps and get a real sense of how big the cliff is. Take a picnic or enjoy a cup of coffee at the Traktørstedet Højeruplund restaurant.
If you are more interested in the Cold War, you should visit Stevnsfort Cold War Museum. Up until 2000, it still served as part of Denmark’s and NATO’s defence. You can get right inside the fort, deep inside the cliff.
In Boesdal Lime Quarry you can walk through its lunar landscape that was formed as a result of its former activities as a working quarry. There are still some buildings where crushed and fired limestone was produced. The most spectacular one is the pyramid.
Finish off your day in Rødvig (English: ‘Red Cove’), so called because the sunset paints the whole cove red. There is a charming harbour atmosphere, good places to eat and a train to whisk you home – unless of course you decide to spend the night.
A day of wild nature?
Start in Holtug Chalk Quarry. Walk down through the quarry and see how pasture has taken over the man-made crater. See if you can find a Northern crested newt, Orobanche (broomrape) or some of the other rare flora and fauna that live here.
Continue to Mandehoved. If you take the Stevns Klint Trampesti, the distance is about 2 km. The height here is just as great as the depth was at Holtug. One of the old radar towers is open to the public: an excellent place to spot a peregrine falcon or a red kite, as the birds migrate over Stevns Klint.
Even though Højerup is not a place of wild nature, this is where samples were taken from the cliff, which supported the theory of an asteroid that struck and wiped out more than half of all life on Earth - the dinosaurs too.
If you have been fishing, you can clean your fish behind the restaurant – or eat an ice cream and take in the views.
Finish off your day in Boesdal Lime Quarry, which turns pink when the sun sets. As at Mandehoved, there is also a shelter, if you want to stay a bit longer.
The Trampesti is for pedestrians only. If you are on a bike, you must use the regular roads.