Cultural environment – The Sea Flood Dike

The Sea Flood Dike

The Sea Flood Dike is about 4 m high and 63 km long. The path at the top of the dike is a recreational bicycle and hiking path.


Cultural environment

In physical planning, a valuable cultural environment is defined as a geographically delimited area, which in its appearance reflects significant traits of societal development. The valuable cultural environments are the responsibility of the municipalities, pursuant to, among others, the Danish Planning Act's Section 11a, subs. 14. This means that the municipalities are responsible for mapping, selecting and safeguarding cultural environment values.


The dike stands out in the landscape in the sense that in Southern Lolland you can never see the sea even if you are quite close to the coast, and the rest of the landscape is flat. The dike shields off the sea view as a reminder of the Baltic Sea Flood in 1872, of the dike construction from 1873, and of the fact that Southern Lolland is protected against flooding. Since the construction of the dike, it has fulfilled its function by keeping the water away from the land during storms and times of high water levels. The dike has also played - and continues to play - another important role, i.e. as a recreational area.


As a cultural environment, the Sea Flood Dike is characterised by a high degree of authenticity, and it has a strong connection to the natural basis. It is a historical source for our knowledge about the Sea Flood and the dike construction work. The cultural environment also holds an important storytelling value and local identity value.