Stege – The heart of the island of Mön in Denmark

Stege auf der Insel Mön in Dänemark

Accommodation in Stege on Mön

An overview of the bridges

The small town and at the same time the capital of the Danish island of Mön, is located directly between the Stege Bugt and the Stege Nor and has 3,973 inhabitants (as of 2008). The castle of Valdemar 1. is the origin of Stege and was built in 1175. The layout of the city from the Middle Ages is still well preserved despite destruction in the past (e.g. by the city of Lübeck in 1510 and 1522).

In Stege you will find many interesting specialist shops, cozy cafes, a brewery, beautiful green areas right on the water and much more.

As a settlement area in the Viking Age, Stege tells an interesting story: In the early Middle Ages, Vikings landed in the narrow waters between Stege and Lend Marke and hammered a row of sticks onto the ground. You should be familiar with these closures in order to get into the Stege Nor. The spiked heel Pole (Jack) takes its name from Stege.

Tuesday Markets
Every Tuesday in July and August, the city of Stege is transformed into a large market with stalls, live music and good offers.
There is something for everyone here.

Herring Adventure
Thanks to the lucrative herring fishery, Stege received city rights as early as 1268 and was a rich city with two churches in the Middle Ages. One is still standing and is unusual in its size.
There is a medieval castle at the harbor – where Moen’s tourist office is located. Visit the tourist office and get the tourist brochure on the “Herring Route” and discover the medieval history peppered with “secret” places.

The ramparts of the Mill Gate are another relic from the Middle Ages. Steges Mauer Denmark’s only medieval city wall and has a very impressive effect. The wall has now been drained and you are invited for a walk. Enjoy the old town of Stege Stege and the harbor.

Møns Museum – Empiregaarden

Empire Farm from 1813 contains historical collections of objects and archival materials from Moen, Bogo, Nyord, Faro and Lindholm.
Møns Museum opened in 1914. The museum is housed in the old Fry rectory and in early 1958 the museum moved to its current surroundings. The farm was built by the wealthy merchant Krenchel, who demolished the register of her late father only 30 years old merchant’s house to make way for entirely modern conditions. Permanent exhibitions include Biedermeier Hof today: an exhibition on Stege Harbor, Cliffs of History from 1660-2000 and an island in the world (on Møn Migration). You can find out more on the Museums Empiregaarden website.

In order to recognize the street layout at that time, there is a map in the Mön Museum that helps you and with which you can still find your way around the city with a little skill and time. In the cozy city you can also find some small shops that have specially tailored their offers to tourists. However, there is no large shopping area. All these small shops and supermarkets etc. are located in the main street Storegade. If you want to go shopping there, it is advisable to park your car at the port, because parking spaces are very rare, especially in the high season.

The entertainment offer in Stege is rather small, there is only one disco, one cinema and a total of three bars. Should you ever end up in Stege, you shouldn’t miss the city tour on the so-called herring route. The unusual name of this route comes from the fact that also in the Middle Ages, jetties for herring fishing in the waters of the island became very rich, because at that time they covered almost a third of Denmark’s total fish needs. For this reason, three herrings can still be found in the city’s coat of arms.

From a culinary point of view, fish is therefore right at the top of the city’s menu. If you are on the herring route, simply follow the 30 pegs that have been placed at points of interest and whose viewing direction shows the further course of the route. Some of the 30 stations are: The tourist office, the remains of the Stegeburg wall, the old shipyard in Stege, SCT. Knudstrasse, the former wall and moat of the city fortifications, the Mühlentor, the merchant’s Empiregarden with the Mön Museum and many other sights.

In July and August, the Stege Festival also takes place every Tuesday in Storegade. Further information on Stege can best be obtained on site at the Stege tourist office.

Stege auf Mön

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