Knuthenborg, Kragenæs and Dodekalitten: You must see that on Lolland is written by Jacob Gowland Jørgensen.
A short trip to the South Sea islands
In fact, not many Danes can say that they have really experienced the West Lolland, and that's really a shame. I am not particularly well versed in the area either, but now that we had to rediscover Denmark this year, it became an obvious place to start.
Therefore, we drove to the South Sea Islands in the first weekend in June, where the sun warmed everything and everyone, and visited Knuthenborg, Kragenæs and Dodekalitten.
Um, is it a dinosaur?
Wow, that's great!
The admiration will never end, as my daughter sees one of the absolute giants of the past in full size in Knuthenborg on Lolland. We had been given cards and tickets by a smiling girl at the entrance along with a “It's getting busy here today,” so we quickly went for Dinosaur Land, which we had not experienced before.
It is actually many years ago that I have been to Knuthenborg, and you can safely say that it is a different place today than what I remembered. What I remember as a slightly half-nerdy zoo has become an adventure park, where locals with annual passes come for picnics, and where the playground is an important part of the offerings. And on a busy and hot day in the park, it was pretty ingenious.
For a clapping ball in Knuthenborg
If happiness can be measured in the number of pats you get, it must be some unusually happy goats they have in Knuthenborg. And they seemed quite satisfied, while the little hairy, and strangely smelling, animals trotted around and were admired by big and small.
It's fun, as it's not always the most exotic that attracts attention, but the one that is most accessible. And it was these goats - who were invited to the clapping ball in the large enclosure.
Controversial - and super cute
The wolf is coming!
It was actually shouted in the car as we quietly drove into the wolf country where the wild dogs live. It is a bit fascinating that an animal that is so close in appearance to many of our four-legged friends can create so much discussion in our community, even in Ulfsborg…
On this summer day, there was peace and quiet and some of the beautiful white animals took a ‘grandfather’ in the sun while we admired them.
Meet Ramboline in Knuthenborg
The images of a grinning prime minister have gone around the world. The day Mette Frederiksen was to tell the Folketing that the state had bought the last four circus elephants and an accompanying camel is one of the more cheerful moments in the Danish people's government.
It was later decided that Lolland and Knuthenborg Safari Park should take over the country's last four circus elephants, Lara, Djungla, Jenny and Ramboline, and of course we had to experience them. A large area had been made for the four giants, and it was a tributary piece of rank. The chattering ladies were now reasonably untouched by all the attention, and looked as if they had enjoyed getting on the grass. Quite literally.
We ended Knuthenborg by visiting the monkeys, where the lemurs are just a huge favorite. After seeing them in the open air on Madagascar I'm a fan.
We drove over the savannah, where the giraffes ran around with the other fine animals, and drove out of the northern exit by the water towards Bandholm, and saw bison and a moose on the way. Very, very nice, and then you also just saw that Knuthenborg is located on an estate that to that extent has left its mark on the area.
Knuthenborg is not safari, as you can experience it in Tanzania or Uganda. But Knuthenborg can do something else. It is easy, accessible and cozy. And then you can always be inspired for a trip to the savannah.
Dodekalitten - Lolland's mysterious stone people
We drove through idyllic villages to the west, and after a short time we came to Kragenæs, where the ferries to Fejø and Femø sail from. That was not why we were there, because we had to go up and see the Dodecahedron.
If you're thinking of a mix of Stonehenge, Easter Island and a properly splashed burial mound, it's not quite next door. It is a huge work of art that is constantly evolving, and which is located in what is affectionately called the Lolland Alps. It is a nice walk from Kragenæs along a marked path up to Dodekalitten.
Now it's Denmark, so there were showers on the horizon, but we got no rain and only black clouds and a beautiful rainbow that showed the way to new adventures.
Above ground, south of Smålandshavet
From the hill we could see over cozy Kragenæs, Smålandshavet and the islands on one side, and when we turned to become part of the Dodecanese on the other side. Sounds flow from several of the statues, and this gives the whole thing a slightly otherworldly feel.
It was a fascinating place unlike anything else I have seen in Denmark. It is definitely worth a trip when you visit the west Lolland.
Good trip to the South Sea Islands.
10 experiences for children on Lolland besides Knuthenborg:
- Danish Sugar Museum in Nakskov
- Lalandia in Rødby
- Museumsbanen Maribo-Bandholm in Bandholm
- Saxenhøj Organic Visitor Farm and farm shop in Sakskøbing
- The Toy Museum in Nykøbing F.
- The Medieval Center in Nykøbing F.
- The mail boat Vesta in Nykøbing F.
- Crocodile Zoo in Eskilstrup
- Danish Motorcycle Museum in Maribo
- Frilandsmuseet De Gamle Huse in Maribo