Today Holtug Kridtbrud is a recreational area, but from 1919-1972 the quarry was very productive. The quarry was abandoned in 1972 when chalk production moved south to Sigerslev. The remains of the factory were blown to pieces in 1977 during a military exercise. The production of limestone had moved to Boesdal Kalkbrud three years earlier.

Read more about the Limestone Landscape as a livelihood


You can see fossils of sharks, sea urchins and oysters at Holtug Kridtbrud. More than 65,5 million years ago Stevns was covered by sea, and the five m (15 ft) long sharks fought the 15 m (49 ft) long Mosasaur for food. Crocodiles and squids also hunted for food here.

Read more about when Stevns was covered by the sea


The chalky soil in the quarry is an oasis for rare plants such as the fern Common Moonwort. It doesn’t look like a fern because it only has two leaves. One leaf makes the photosynthesis while the other procreates. Holtug Kridtbrud is a conservation area and many plants here are protected. 

Read more about plants along the cliff 

Holtug Chalk Quarry

Until 1972, limestone and chalk were extracted at the quarry, which is now a protected Natura 2000 area. In the pond in the abandoned chalk quarry, you can see protected crested newts and green frogs.

Rare plants grow in the limy soil, and you may find fossilised sea urchin, cuttlefish and shark teeth in the soft, white chalk. Also follow the winding path down to the shore of Oresund. Photo: Rudy Hemmingsen

Holtug Chalk Quarry, Holtug Linievej, 4660 Store Heddinge, Denmark

Opening hours
Holtug Chalk Quarry is always open to the public.

Public transport to Bøgeskov
On weekdays, get bus no. 253 from Køge Station to Holtug Kirke (church). From here, you can walk to Holtug Chalk Quarry.

Holtug Chalk Quarry belongs to the Danish Nature Agency. Day-to-day supervision is handled by Stevns Nature Centre.

Stevns Klint is a piece of living nature. Landslides and rock falls may occur all year round. Accordingly, it can be dangerous to walk near the edge of the cliff, and on the beach underneath the cliff.