In the heart of Lolland, the Maribo Lakes (Maribosoerne) lie in a unique nature park, one of the most outstanding natural areas in Denmark and of international interest in many ways as well. The Maribo Lakes and surrounding reed beds, marshes, meadows, and broad-leafed forest constitute an area of extremely high biological interest because of the unique plant, bird, and animal life, with their specialized organisms, found there. The area also contains many cultural and historic attractions and ancient remains.
The Maribo Lakes Nature Park comprises four lakes (Soendersoe, Roegboelle, Hjerede, and Noerresoe) with surrounding land, which constitutes an ecological and cultural/historic whole. Soendersoe is Denmark’s eighth largest lake (852 hectares). Around the lakes are large manor houses with woodlands, cultivated fields as well as fallow farmland, in some places free-standing oaks.
The concept of Maribo Lakes Nature Park was introduced by Storstroems County in 1991 in cooperation with the four surrounding municipalities of Maribo, Holeby, Sakskoebing, and Nysted together with the local landowners. The purpose was to underline the great natural and cultural/historical importance of the area and to focus on its ude and protection.
Today in Denmark, there are now created a number of national parks - Danmarks Nationalparker-. The creation of the Maribo Lakes Nature Park as a regional nature park was a forerunner for this kind of thinking.