A trip to Tønballe nature center offers a mosaic of beach meadow, nature forests, grazing forest and meadows. Here you’ll find a rich wildlife, which can be experienced in the forest and from the wath tower on the beach. The area is full of memories of a rich history. Amongst others, you can experience the ”Swedish rampart” or go searching for clues from the past at the beach.
Tønballe Naturcenter is a knowledge and experimental centre about nature and environmental issues. The centre is being driven in a cooperation between the Danish agency for nature and Hedensted, Vejle and Billund municipalities. It is placed in the beautiful protected buildings at Tønballegaard. The nature centre is only open by appointment, but there is public access to the landscape show, which tells about the manor, the ramparts, the special geologi of the area and much else. There is also access to the toilets in the end of one of the wings. Open everyday from 08.00 – 19.00.
The Nature Centre also offers access to shelters and a bbq spot, which can be used by booking in advance. There is a marked route of three kilometers through the variated landscape at the Nature Centre, and there are 30 markings throughout the forest, that makes you find your way. You can walk around everywhere on foot, apart from the fenced areas. Bicycling is allowed on all roads and paths as long as you pay attention and show respect to the other guests in the area.
The ramparts by Horsens Fjord
Tønballe Forest is located just by Hjarnø Sund south of Snaptun by the entrance to Horsens Fjord. To protect Horsens, there has been established ”skanser” several times at the mouth of the Fjord. The ”Swedish rampart” in Tønballe Forest is probably established during the war with the Swedes in 1658. It is said that the pines, which grow at the ”Skanse” today, are planted with seeds, that the soldiers unknowingly brought in their equipment.
The two cannons, which are placed on the rampart come from the line ship Christian VII, which during the winter of 1787 shipwrecked in a storm at Anholt. Gustav Glud, Tønballegaard, bought the cannons in 1906.
Great Battery at Hundshage is presumably built during the England War from 1807 to 1814. The rampart was a 5-beamed bastion with depth diggings and tall ramparts, a solid house, crew housing, gunpowder tower and a well. At Horsens Museum, you can see a copy of the facility. Great Battery has been eaten up by the waves of the ocean during the last 50 years.
Little Battery by Hesteodde north of Snaptun, is thought to be the oldest rampart. King Frederik II demanded in 1566, that the peasants in Bjerre Herred should make a rampart by the entrance to the Fjord. Little Battery has been plowed through, but you can still sense the facility.
On the beach, it is possible to find traces of stone age people who lived at Tønballe during the Ertebølletimes around 7.000 years ago. If you’re lucky, you can find arrowheads and ax heads from that time. At the beach by Hundshage, it is possible to find fossils in sandstone, which are approximately 20 million years old – and also shark teeth from the great prehistoric shark The Megalodon has been found here, so look carefully.
Tables and benches