Holeby Sukkerfabrik tells the story of the very beginning of Lolland’s sugar adventure. From the middle of the 1800s, the beet sugar industry was prospering in the Nordic Countries, whereas in Denmark West Indian cane sugar continued to be more important. The factory in Holeby was consequently built as a venture by the brothers Frederiksen – on their ancestors’ land and on land leased by the manor of Højbygaard Gods. Even today the huge building complex is a clear testimony to how Lolland merged agriculture and factory – farmers and workers – into a sugar production that underpins the region’s identity.
Principal conservation values
Principal conservation values include the station, the railway track, the sugar beet factory and other industrial buildings, and the garden city located northeast of the factory.
Parts of the factory and the industrial buildings have been renovated and are today used for other purposes, whereas the eastern side of the factory building remains empty and is falling into disrepair. The environment was designated as an Industrial Heritage Site in 2007.