Visitor Centres

Karlsladen Visitor Center

History told in a 300 years old barn. 

Karlsladen is a part of the modern Kalø Gods (manor) near Rønde. Today, this barn serves as the Danish Nature Agency’s visitor centre, housing an exhibition about the nature and culture of the area, with special emphasis on prehistoric Denmark and the history of Kalø.

The barn was designed with doors at each end so that carriages could be driven into the barn to unload and then driven out again on the other side. Oak wood structures have been preserved in the original three storeys as they were built in 1727.

The visitor center is set up in the old granary at Kalø main farm.


Farm building of Kalø Castle

The manor was established as farm buildings for Kalø Castle. Kalø was transferred to the King’s bastard son, Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, in 1661. It was during Gyldenløve’s possession that the run-down castle fell to ruin.

The most renowned period in the history of the manor came after 1825, when it came in the possession of the Holstein von Jenisch family. After the German occupation of Denmark in 1945, the manor was confiscated by the Danish State because of the family’s affiliation with Germany.

Practical information

  • Karlsladen Visitors Centre is open daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. There are toilet facilities at the centre. 
  • Free entrance.
  • Address: Grenåvej 14, 8410 Rønde
Visitor center Karlsladen has an exhibition about Kalø Castle, the estate landscape and nature.


Visitor Center Øvre Strandkær

Danish Nature Agency's visitor center

Inside the visitor centre is an exhibition about the nature and cultural heritage of the area, e.g. its geology and animal and plant life. There is also an indoor picnic area.
The cattle of the grassland
The cattle seen around in the grassland in Mols Bjerge belong to livestock that the Danish Nature Agency set loose to graze the sunny grasslands.

Øvre Strandkær in Mols Bjerge

Practical information

  • The Visitor Centre is open daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. There are toilet facilities at the centre and a room to eat your lunch, if you bring it with you on your trip.
  • Free entrance.
  • Address: Strandkærvej 7, 8400 Ebeltoft


Mols Laboratory

Field Laboratory of the Aarhus Natural History Museum.

Night attraction

Glow-worms try to outshine the moth-attracting light bulb. Only around Midsummer Day does the female glow-worm glow to attract a mate. The bulb that lures moths in the garden of Mols Laboratory, however, can be turned on year-round.

Picnic areas

Here are picnic tables where you can enjoy a hot night-time drink while you observe the moths. Mols Laboratory, originally Nedre Strandkær farm, is owned by Aarhus Natural History Museum and serves as a field laboratory for researchers and students from universities etc.

Routes in the area

One of Mols Bjerge’s famous routes springs from here, “The Italian Path”, named so because of the Mediterranean vistas it offers and its tall cypress-like junipers. Here are also year-round activities such as free guided tours.