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Stevns Klint UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Photo: Per Rasmussen

At the far end of Stevns, Stevns Klint rises 41 meters above sea level and offers guests world-class experiences. The cliff is the best place in the world to see traces of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs and more than half of all the species on Earth 66 million years ago.

When you visit Stevns Klint, you experience the story of dramatic events up close – from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the nuclear threat during the Cold War – but you also encounter the story of how fortunate we are. 

In 2014, Stevns Klint was placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, joining some of the world’s most important and unique attractions. In other words, this is one attraction you simply cannot miss.  

Photo:Mads Tolstrup

Discover Stevns Klint UNESCO World Heritage Site

When Stevns Klint became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was primarily due to the thin layers of fish clay clearly visible in the cliff, which document the meteor that, among other things, led to the extinction of the dinosaurs more than 66 million years ago.

The meteor impact had a devastating global effect on the Earth, and it’s estimated that only approx. 40% of all the Earth’s animals and plants survived the disaster. Researchers can deduce this by studying the layer of fish clay in Stevns Klint, which contains large amounts of the rare element iridium, which came from the asteroid that collided with Earth. 

It was quite a disaster that hit Earth at the time, but fortunately the yellowish white chalk also found around Stevns Klint shows how life returned to the planet in force. So although tales of doom lurk in the limestone layers, just like the cliff itself, we are (fortunately) still here.

If you want to know more about the history and nature at Stevns Klint, you can book a trip with Klintetours.
If you would rather experience the beautiful cliff from the water,
Klintens Boattours offers a 2-hour boat trip. 

Three top tips for your visit to Stevns Klint

  1. Leave the drone at home – for wildlife’s sake.
  2. We love bicycles – but the footpath is reserved for pedestrians only.
  3. Dogs are welcome – always on a leash.

Photo:Tage Klee

Three interesting facts about the Stevns Klint cliffs

1. The cliffs are composed of four layers: Soft chalk at the bottom, above that the fish clay, then the hard limestone and at the top we find traces of the last ice age.

2. Right up to the 1900s, bryozoan limestone was sawn out of the cliffs at Stevns Klint and used as a building material. Today, this material is known as limestone.

3. The cliff is approx. 65 to 71 million years old. 

Find your way to Stevns Klint

A good place to experience the Stevns Klint UNESCO World Heritage Site is by Højerup Gl. Church. It is the highest point of the cliff, where the view is stunning and the famous fish clay is clearly visible. 

The cost of parking here is DKK 40. 

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Højerup Bygade

Coordinates

Longitude: 12.445364

Latitude: 55.27881

Stevns Klint

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