"Mønsted Limestone Mines" Denmark Things to Do Tip by lbhspatriot
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Former limestone mine, now museum located to the North of the small town Mønsted, about 10 kilometres to the West of Viborg. The visit there was the highlight of my tour.
Mønsted Limestone is the world's largest limestone quarry. The mines were working for several hundreds of years until 1953 when they were closed. They only reopened recently as a museum and... well, something else I will tell you later :)
The mines are fairly extensive, there is approximately 60 kilometres of underground passages on several levels and some of them are enormous with tall, beautiful, almost cathedral-like rooms, others are so small that grown-ups must bend down to get through.
There is a multimedia exposition in the mines, with wonderfull lighting, that takes you to a completely different world. It is located above the largest lake this show tells the story of the limestone and the mine, projected on the limestone walls ard are reflected in the water, which gives a beautifull effect.
But before you enter the mines you tour a bulding on the surface, where all the histrory and topography of the mines is explained, the geology of the area and the modern take on the mines is showed.
Once you enter the mines (in a special helmet - or not I wanted to wear one!) be careful to keep the lighted paths!! My fiancee decided to leave the pathway because of a photo opportunity (he is a photographer) and ended up in wated up to his knees! I still have shivers down my back when I realize that this could have been much deeper. And the water is so crystal clear you couldn't notice!
It would be wise to allot a couple of hours for the visit, so you can see everything.
The mines are used for concerts from time to time and during the winter months, they are a perfect habitat for bats, because... of the amonia... emanating from.. the ripening cheese!!! And of course the low temperature. We traveled for many days in scorching heat and the cool air felt like heaven. But the temperature in the mines was not only ideal for us - the mines are ideal for ripening cheese because they keep a constant temperature of some 8 degrees Celsius.
There is a separate "cheese pathway" which you can take if you want to see cheese in a cave. Unfotunately it is locked so you can see it only from behind the bars. The cheese belongs to Arla company and you can buy some at the museum store - yummy!
So, if you are in the area go visit the mines! I
Address: Mønsted Kalkgruber,Kalkværksvej 8,Mønsted,7850
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