Nature is wonderful, fascinating and great – and the nature in South Zealand and on Møn is absolutely no exception. In fact, it’s so great in these parts, it’s worth a trip in itself!
A great way to experience the nature of The South Coast of Denmark is to take advantage of one of the area’s many hiking trails. The area offers long, flat stretches, tall hills and deep valleys, so there is something for everyone here. You can enjoy the beautiful and varied fauna everywhere you go. You can read more about that below.
Denmark’s longest Japanese cherry tree avenue doubles as the entrance to the over 600-year-old Gavnø Castle. The incredibly beautiful avenue blooms in spring and inspires a unique and adventurous sense of grandeur and grace. The cherry trees were a gift from a Chinese businessman, who was so fond of the beautiful Gavnø Castle that he bequeathed the magnificent trees to the castle
Not far from the Suså river, you will find Herlufsholm Pinetum. The area was built back in 1890-1920, when more than 100 species of conifers and pine trees from around the world were planted. The area was established to create a place for education in forestry, but also as a testing ground in the search for trees suitable for forestry. Many of the old pines and conifers remain at Herlufsholm, where around 65 species have been preserved. The Suså river, which extends for approx. 87 kilometres, offers a unique opportunity to experience pristine forest areas where, among other things, kingfishers can also be seen.
The Møns Klint cliffs themselves make up a unique natural area, and the surrounding forests contain even more natural history. The approx. 400-year-old beech trees adorning the forests on the Timmesø Bjerg hill remain green well into the autumn, when you might expect the leaves to have faded into brown, yellow and orange colours. This is due to the beech trees getting their energy from all the limestone found in the cliff. The limestone also means that some of the leaves may appear more yellow than green, even in summer, because the lime prevents the trees from absorbing important nutrients such as iron
In 1755, a long avenue of linden trees was planted at the southern end of the castle park, but this was not the first time these trees had been planted, as they came from Kongens Nytorv square in Copenhagen. The beautiful trees were a gift from King Frederik V to Count Otto Thott, as the king felt the trees had become too big for Kongens Nytorv square, overshadowing the view of Christian V’s statue. The huge trees were brought to Gavnø Castle on horse-drawn carts. Furthermore, Gavnø Castle Park houses an artificial hill called Troldehøjen – Troll Hill – where 12 magnificent linden trees line up.
In Denmark, there are around 45 species of wild orchids, and as many as 18 of these can be found on Møns Klint, making the Møns Klint cliffs one of the places with the most species of this beautiful flower in the country. The plant has a good chance of thriving there due to the high content of lime in the soil. They can be seen primarily in the Klinteskoven forest and by the Høvblege and Jydelejet grasslands. However, it’s important to remember that the beautiful flowers are protected, and you are therefore not permitted to pick or otherwise take the flowers home. Feel free to photograph the little marvels, however. Read more about the orchids of Møns Klint here.
At Knudshoved Odde point, you can see 15 different habitats, including beach ridges, dunes, salt marshes, pastures, lakes and forests. There are both common and uncommon species to be found, and what makes this particularly special is that so many different types can be found in one place. For example, you can see rare species such as adder’s tongue, lesser chickweed, little bur medick, lesser marshwort and squirreltail fescue. Remember that the area is protected, and we urge you to respect nature.