1000 years ago, one could probably sail to Vesterborg. It seems at least likely that, when there was high water in the fjord or the river, it would be possible to pull or pole ships via the deepest spots. Several sources mention discoveries of marine debris, but no-one ever thought to inform the museum people, so they cannot be confirmed. Imagine if they were the remains of an ancient Viking ship.
The area by Vesterborg is the most hilly part of West Lolland. This is due to the movement back and forth of the glacial margin (20,000 years ago), during periods of thaw and freezing. Some mighty hills resulted. As the ice thawed, it melted from the inside, and a huge river erupted, creating the deep hole which today is Vesterborg Lake. The glacial stream flowed further west and shaped Halsted Ådal and ’Den Gamle Rende’ in Nakskov Fjord.
In addition to a scenic landscape, the Vesterborg region features several historical sights.
The small village church is a good starting point for a trip. The church is special because the clock tower is placed at the wrong end - perhaps intentionally. At the cemetery, you can also see something special as it is the burial place of several bishops. The most famous is P. O. Boisen, who, in cooperation with C.D.F. Reventlow, ran a college of education at the Rectory in Vesterborg. From 1802 to 1832, 305 teachers were trained in Vesterborg. Great emphasis was made to ensure they understood the peasant's circumstances, so they could educate the farming population, composed mainly of illiterate people.
By the current regional waterworks can be seen the last building of the old sugar beet juice station that was here from the beginning of the 1900s. At that time, several rails for the ‘roebane’ (narrow tracks for the sugar beet trains) ran to Vesterborg where sugar juice was extracted. At the edge of Theofiliskoven rails from a roebane can still be seen. At this site remnants of broad brick stone walls have been found during excavation work, so it is probable that the fort which gave Vesterborg name its name was located here.
The Reventlow family burial place lies in the middle of Theofiliskoven. Surrounded by trees there is a special atmosphere here. The famous C. D. F. Reventlow is not buried here, but between the peasant graves at Horslunde Cemetery.
At the lake and the old boathouse a lovely nature area is found, with many chances of spotting birds. It is not uncommon to see white tailed eagles and ospreys here if you are quiet.
Across from Vesterborg Gartneri (plant nursery) is a monument stone over the Juelinge find. For many years this was one of the most famous finds from the Iron Age, it is exhibited in the entrance hall of the National Museum. When building a roebane in 1909, graves of four buried women who were exceptionally well preserved were found, and the rich grave goods were given special attention.
Here were fine glass jars and bronze vessels as well as the oldest scissors ever found in Denmark. At the base of a small bronze ax was found stamped ’ANSI DIODO’. This is believed to come from the city of Pompeii, which was buried under the volcano Vesuvius' ashes in the year 79, so this may be a way to date the find.
If one goes back to Vesterborgvej and follows it to the north, one arrives at a rest area that has a large information board with information about Museumsvejen (the Museum road), which is a stretch of road with an exhibition of old milestones. From the hills there is a fantastic view of the lake and to the northwest an area of kettle holes.
When you come to Vedbyvej you can choose to continue on Museumsvejen up to Ludvigshave (described elsewhere) or turn right onto Vedbyvej that runs past the big Thorkildshøj and take the route along Søvej and Rosningevej, so rounding the lake.