During the Cold War Mandehoved formed part of the air defence of Copenhagen. Radars monitored the airspace around Stevns in search of possible enemy aircrafts. NIKE air defence missiles located about 1 km (0.6 mi) away were controlled from here. In case of war the missiles could be armed with nuclear warheads. Today the area houses a bird tower and a small exhibition.

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The rare, protected plant Tall Broomrape thrives in the chalky soil at Mandehoved. It only survives because it gets nourishment from another plant, Greater Knapweed. The roots of the Tall Broomrape take up to 10 years to grow large enough for the plant to break the soil and blossom. When the Greater Knapweed is emptied of nourishment, both plants die.

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The Peregrine Falcon is rare to Denmark but found at Stevns Klint where the ledges on the cliff are perfect for nesting. A pair has bred successfully by Mandehoved. The peregrine is the fastest bird in the world and uses its speed during hunting where it dives with about 200 km/h (124mph) and kills its target in mid-air.

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Mandehoved - Stevns Nature Center

The buildings at Mandehoved date back to The Cold War where the area was a part of the air defence of Copenhagen.

During spring and autumn, you can watch impressive bird migrations from the old radar tower. You can also visit an exhibition about the geology of Stevns Klint.

Rare plants grow in the limy soil, and in recent years, a pair of peregrine falcons has nested successfully on the cliff. Photo: Rudy Hemmingsen

Mandehoved, Mandehoved 10, 4660 Store Heddinge, Denmark

Opening hours
Mandehoved is freely accessible around the clock, all year. The exhibitions are open in the daytime on weekdays.

Overnight stays
There are shelters, which can be used freely.

Stevns Nature Centre
Stevns Nature Centre is used by schools and for school camps and can also be booked by private parties for overnight stays. 

Public transport to Mandehoved
There is no public transport to Mandehoved.

The area belongs to Stevns Municipality

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.