The Maribo Lakes Nature Park is an area with an exciting cultural history and roots going back a long way.

Søholt Manor seen from the gable side in autumn sun
Søholt Manor

Traces of Stone Age settlements have been found at the lakes from the Early Stone Age, and the almost 3000-year-old Bronze Age mounds are scattered in the area, such as at Højene east of Hejrede Sø or at Skelsnæs in Søholt Storskov. There are remains of a refuge castle from the Iron Age and traces of medieval fortresses at Lysemose near Nørresø, Borgø in Søndersø and Ålevad near Godsted, to name but a few. 

Maribo contains the story of Margrethe the 1st and the foundation of the monastery at the present cathedral. In the area you will also find the great estates of Engestofte and Søholt, which tell the story right up to the present day.

Traces of our immediate history have been preserved in the landscape. For example, the pollarded poplars at Alsø or the street pond at Bursø. The Søholt and Engestofte estates have signed agreements with the Danish state to set aside over 350 hectares of untouched forest. There is also cooperation between local landowners, the state and municipalities to preserve past grazed meadows by the lakes because, in addition to the purely cultural and historical elements, they contain important natural values.