A wide beach and thin white sand made me believe what I read about Balka, maybe the best beach in Bornholm.
September, however, was already out of season and the sea (and cold weather) was not attractive.
Gronbechs Gard was the only reason that took me to Hasle.
A couple of pictures, a careful look at the the display, and it was done.
Nothing special to call my attention.
Nexo was MY town in Bornholm.
I lived there for three days, using the place as the base from where I travelled across the island.
Not particularly beautiful, but respecting the general characteristics of the island.
Gudhjem is the most beautiful and touristy small city in Bornholm.
Discreetly, but everything is prepared to receive tourists in the calm (and mostly cold) programs allowed by the weather.
Ronne, the capital of Bornholm is a very nice small city.
Even the modern buildings respect a small size, and the traditional quarter is very beautiful, in bright and well maintained colours.
I visited Sandvig under a bad weather (according to my Mediterranean references), with a rough sea.
It didn't add much to my general idea of Bornholm, except that the houses show a slightly different conception, I don't know why.
Osterlars has the biggest round church in Bornhom, bult is the 11th century.
About it, Planetware says:
"The central pillar is hollow with internal ribbed vaulting. The space inside, known as the "oven", is joined to the rest of the nave by six arcades. On the exterior of the "oven" can be seen wall-paintings of 1350 portraying scenes from the life of Jesus and the Last Judgment. When the church was restored in 1955 the "oven" was converted into a baptistery with a granite font."
Yes! I confirmed.
One of the most characteristic cities of Bornholm Svaneke shines with its small harbour and still working mill.
However, all the town is beautiful.
A very small city in the coast, Aarsdale is nice as usual in Bornholm, but the only remarkable thing that I noticed was its mill, bordering the road.
People of the glass school of Bornholm were totally surprised how could some Portuguese appear like that in Bornholm just to visit a glass school.
Well, we did. But they received us gently, showed everything we wanted to see, being absolutely cooperative.
We appreciated everything, and, from the small studios we saw working here and there in the island, we think they are doing a good work. And glassworks is really a valuable attraction.
Glass - that magic word is taking me back to Bornhom next September. Some more tips are promised.
Yes! Much more tips were added!
Yes, it was interesting to see all the smoking fish places, and the offers of all the restaurants.
But... forgive us.
We are from Portugal, where fresh fish abounds, and... We thought that smoked fish was almost like our salted and dried bacalhau (codfish). No way! So, we may return to Denmark or Sweden with pleasure, but don't invite us for smoked herrings.
We did return. We ate smoked fish again. We still don't like it.
Gudhjem Museum is located by the road, at the entrance of the village on the northern coast of Bornholm.
Housed in the former railway station (I didn't notice when I visited it), it is administered by the municipal authorities and displays a reasonable collection of locally-produced arts and crafts.
I had only a quick passage in Alinge. After visiting so many small cities in Bornholm it seemed... another one.
Maybe with more hotels, maybe with more people, but... I don't know why.
Bornholm has several round churches, something only found in a few other places in Denmark. These are from around the 12th century and indeed just that; round. The point was that they could also serve a defense purpose in times of trouble. Therefore, you can see details like gun holes near the ceiling and such. Some say the Bornholm round churches have links to the French Templars and they are in any case impressive. In the beginning, they didn't have a roof but was more like small fortresses.
The church in Osterlars (south of Gudhjem) is the biggest and most visited but Ols Church in Olsker is the highest, Nylars the most well-kept (and has viking runestones) and Nyker has nice chalk frescoes. No one knows which church is the oldest of them.
Hammershus is the biggest medieval castle ruin in Scandinavia and very impressive, not least because of its magnificent setting on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea and the northern coastline. Sheep graze the surrounding fields and in clear weather you can see across to Scania in Sweden.
The castle was started in the mid 13th century and mainly held by the bishops of Lund in what is today Sweden but then belonged to Denmark. It has also been held by the town of Lübeck since several northern strongholds competed for Baltic power in those days. In the 17th century when Bornholm was lost to Sweden at the Treaty of Roskilde, it was here that the Swedish governor settled for a while but also from where he was followed and finally captured by two famous rebellious Bornholmer heroes on his way to Rønne. In the 18th century, the castle lost its important functions and fell into decline but you can still see a lot of its structure by walking around the impressive grounds where signs tell you what was where and about life in the castle. You can also walk down to the sea itself and look at spectacular cliff formations. Definately a destination not to be missed on Bornholm. There is also a medieval exhibition next to it which charges an entrance fee, contrary to the castle grounds which you can visit for free. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant/cafe attached to it where you can get average Danish meals with friendly service.
If you want to see more pictures, have a look at my Sandvig page.