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Mønsted Kalkgruber – the world’s largest limestone mine

Mønsted Limestone Caves

Mønsted Kalkgruber (Limestone Mine) is the largest limestone mine in the world. There is around 60km of tunnels, out of which 2 km are illuminated. Some of the hallways are large and spacious, sometimes so spacious they could even fit an entire cathedral, while in some others you won’t be even able to stand up. You are allowed to wander wherever you want, so bring a torch if you want to check out dark corridors!  If you do not feel like venturing alone through the corridors, you can take part in a guided tour instead. As the temperature in the mine oscillates around 8°C, remember also to bring warm clothes.

Mønsted Kalkgruber is also the largest hibernation place for bats in Europe, but unfortunately, I was not able to spot any ;( Approx. 5000 bats stay in the winter at the constant temperature of approx. 8 degrees. You can spot five different species of them, including the very rare pond bat.

4 things to do while in the mine:

Take a train to the mine

You can walk to the entrance of the mine in 10-15 minutes but taking a train is way more fun. Remember that trains only operate from mid of May to mid of August as the noise might disturb hibernating bats.

Watch a multimedia show

The show tells a story about limestone mining, which is quite interesting. However, it’s the sound and the video projections that make the whole presentation worth seeing.

Check out the cheese production site

In the caves, Arla is producing Riberhus grubeoste which stays there for around 3 weeks to mature. The climate in the caves is perfect, as it is constantly 8°C with 98% humidity. If you like cheese, you can buy it at the ticket office.

Wander around through the corridors

There are a lot of paths you can venture to, both illuminated and not. So take your time and wander around! It is definitely worth it!

Remember to:

  • bring a torch – so you are able to venture into dark corridors.
  • sweater – as there is 8°C all the time, so it is quite chilly.

If you need more information check the mine official site.

The mine is located here:

Next stop in our journey through top sights in Jutland: Spøttrup Middelalderborg!

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