The Mønsted Lime Pits
Visit Mønsted Kalkgruber, the world’s largest lime pits, and explore a beautiful and magnificent subterranean world.
You will discover an endless maze of galleries with caves as large as cathedrals, trickling streams and subterranean lakes. A unique experience which tells us about impresisve work done by hand by tough women and men in Central Jutland.
They say that this area holds a 60-kilometer-long network of galleries. In Mønsted Kalkgruber you can walk 4 kilometers of the galleries of which 2 kilometers are illuminated.
While you’re here:
- During weekends and school holidays, you can meet the knowledgeable guides who tell you about the exciting history of the location, the bats and the people who used to work in the mines.
- The limeworks is the oldest industrial building in Denmark made from wood. Here the lime was burnt until 1980. The limeworks is a listed building, which now accommodates a museum with an exciting story about hard work and early industrial history.
- Multimedia shows in the lime cinema, a splendid film about geology, Danish history and industrial history (during the period 15 May to 15 August).
- The Natura2000 area which encircles the Mønsted Kalkgruber. A rare natural scenery which is worth protecting and which cannot be experienced anywhere else.
- The impressive playground for bats, where you can crawl around on five different bat species.
Mønsted Kalkgruber is the winter home of more than 10,000 bats. Owing to their season of hibernation, the lime pits are closed during the winter period from 1 November until 1 April.
In 2019, Mønsted Kalkgruber won a European nature award in recognition of the many beautiful and disabled-friendly footpaths.