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Discover Røsnæs on a weekend getaway

Røsnæs in West Zealand has such wonderful scenery it’s been designated one of Denmark’s areas of outstanding natural beauty. Fortunately, you’ll still have the countryside practically to yourself. Top off the experience with some local wine, good food and a bit of cultural history for a perfect weekend getaway.

Røsnæs, on the westernmost tip of Zealand, was one of the first natural areas to be protected in Denmark.  The area’s glacial hills, windswept trees and steep slopes are also on ‘Danmarks Naturkanon’ – a list of areas of outstanding natural beauty that includes 15 unique natural sites in Denmark.

It’s not just the landscape at Røsnæs that’s special – there’s also a unique climate that has more sun and less rain than the rest of the country. This encourages both rare flora and fauna and also provides ideal conditions for producing wine. Røsnæs is in fact a genuine wine-growing region, producing international standard wines.

It’s also home to several charming local historical sites, and you’ll certainly eat well in Røsnæs – Zealand’s best restaurant outside Copenhagen is among the local treasures.

Here are just some of the things you can experience in Røsnæs on a weekend getaway:

Røsnæs Lighthouse from above. Photo: VisitVestsjælland

Røsnæs Lighthouse

The lighthouse at the extreme tip of Røsnæs is a cultural treasure that was built in the mid-19th century. The lighthouse is 24m above sea level and from the top you can see for over 50km. The lighthouse used to belong to the Danish Navy and was a closed military zone for many years, but is now open to the public and welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year. A small exhibition provides information about the role the lighthouse played during the Second World War and the Cold War, while below the lighthouse is a café where you can refuel with a coffee and some home baking before enjoying a beautiful walk around the area.

Røsnæs Lighthouse

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Ulstrup Windmill. Photo: VisitVestsjælland

Ulstrup Windmill

If you head towards the tip of Røsnæs, you’ll pass the picturesque Ulstrup Windmill, sitting beautifully on top of a hill. Grain from local farmers used to be ground into flour here from 1894 until 1958. Today the windmill is a museum, cared for and maintained by local enthusiasts. Come in and learn about life in Røsnæs in days gone by, smell the grain, tar and wood and hear the wind whispering through the rails under the windmill blades.

Ulstrup Windmill

Røsnæsvej 365

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Røsnæsvej 365. Open every Sunday from May to August between 11am and 3pm and by arrangement with Jens Arne Rasmussen, tel. 21 26 14 77.

Naturskolen on Røsnæs. Photo: Andrew Blackwell

Naturskolen

If you’ve got the kids with you, the Naturskolen nature school at the beautiful old Refsnæsgård farm is a big hit. The outdoor area has stunning views and there are also donkeys, goats and sheep that you’re welcome to stroke. You can bake bread on a stick or make bonfire pancakes at the fire pit, play on the rope swing in the nature playground or take the beautiful 5km hike through the local countryside. Or just enjoy a good meal and a glass of local wine at Café Edderfuglen.

Naturskolen Røsnæs

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Vindekilde. Foto: Lise Hannibal

Hiking in Vindekilde

An absolute must in Røsnæs is a hike in Vindekilde, the region’s most amazing landscape, with gnarled, windswept trees, steep hills and beautiful viewpoints. The area was granted protected status in 1924 and has never been cultivated. This gives the landscape its own unique character, with rare plants, animals and insects that have been here since prehistoric times. You can do the trip around Vindekilde in 1–2 hours, but for a longer hike, you can follow the paths all the way around Røsnæs – a distance of 25km

Vindekilde

Park in the car park by the forest just before the Naturskolen nature school and head south/southwest across the common. You’ll come to a gate that’s the entrance to the area.

Restaurant Næs. Photo: Lise Hannibal

Dinner at Restaurant Næs

Location, location, location. Restaurant Næs is at the Strandhotel Røsnæs, housed in a beautiful, classical building just a few meters from the beach. It’s not just its appearance that makes Næs something special though. The restaurant serves reliably well-made seasonal bistro food and has been named the best restaurant on Zealand outside Copenhagen. It also appears at Masters Level in the White Guide, so it’s usually full at weekends. Remember to make a reservation well in advance!

Restaurant Næs

Klintedalsvej 60, Kalundborg

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Dyrehøj vineyard.Foto: Andrew Blackwell

Visit Dyrehøj, Denmark’s largest vineyard

Røsnæs has perhaps the best wine country in Denmark and if you don’t have much experience of Danish wine, this is a great place to start. At Dyrehøj Vineyard, you can buy award-winning wines and learn about everything from running a vineyard to grapes and fermentation methods on a guided tour. These are held every Sunday at 2pm from March to December, tastings included naturally. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can also have lunch and buy coffee and home-baked products in the vineyard’s café.

Dyrehøj vineyard

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Seabathing in Røsnæs harbour. Foto: Lise Hannibal

Sea bathing off the peninsula

Røsnæs has water on both sides and plenty of great places to swim – even out of season. Most of the beaches are typical of glacial formation, with lots of stone, but the locals have built some good piers from which you can easily jump in the sea for a swim. Try taking a dip from the piers at Sønderstrand and the Næs restaurant – or from the harbor baths at Røsnæs Harbor in Nyby, which also has toilets and a sauna, as well as sea kayak rental in season

Aktivitetshuset Nyby Havn

Golf

You can also enjoy the wonderful landscape of Røsnæs during a round of golf. Kalundborg golf course is in a beautiful location as you enter Røsnæs and has an 18-hole course as well as a 9-hole Par 3 course. The 18-hole course has both flat and hilly terrain and a breathtaking view of the sea.

Kalundborg Golfklub

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Angling at Røsnæs. Foto: VisitVestsjælland

Angling

West Zealand is known for its excellent fishing waters, which offer a wide variety of fish in just a small area. A good place to head is the north coast of Røsnæs, where you’ll find few people fishing but a great chance of catching sea trout. You can park at the harbor and fish right from both sides here. Røsnæs reef is also known to be good for both spin fishing and fly fishing – and as one of the most beautiful coastlines.

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