A network of cycle paths all around the coast have been set up.A trip all the way round the coast of the island is 105 kilometres.
Today, Bornholm has one of the best and most attractively situated cycle networks in northern Europe, taking the cyclist through the majestic Bornholm scenery and picturesque villages.
Good quality bicycles are available for hire - everything from mountain bikes to touring bikes. There are opportunities to experience the unforgettable beauty of the surroundings.
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.
Denmark's smallest and easternmost town with only 1800 inhabitants is a charming place which originally started as a fishing village. The centre is full of half timbered cottages to stroll around amongst, even though it feels cramped at times when the pavements are too narrow :))) It has won prizes for its town conservation and is a great place to base yourself on Bornholm. Famous also for its fish smokery, brewery, windmill and family amusement park, it really is a gem. Read more on my Svaneke page.
Dueodde beach is a preserved beach on the southern edge of Bornholm.
The sand of the beach is the so called shifting sand and is considered being the best sand in the world. Because of this sand there is a lot of sand hills a Dueodde.
The water is clean and children friendly and has a blue flag. The beach is about 30 km in lenght and has a nudist beach at "jomfrugård"
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.
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!
The walk leads you round Hammerknuden in the North-west of Bornholm. For it's almost 8km , take a half day for it, and enjoy the magnificent views!. We started at the carpark at Hammernhavn Sæn. There are toilets, showers and a kiosk. When you are back again you can fresh up here and enjoy a fresh drink. From here you climb up the hills of Kongens Tolen and have a nice view on Hammerhus. On the left hand you have the sea, with beneath you many cliff-colonies of seagulls. Further long the coast you will pass Salomons Chapel. A ruine of the 14th century. Next you walk to the most northerly point of Bornholm: Hammerodde, wit it's lighthouse Lille Fyr. Now you have a nice view on Sandvig. Frome here you walk to the little lakes, f.i. the Opal Soen, it's an abandend quarry. Don't get attacked by seagulls!! From here it's a little walk to the carpark. Esp. on sundays many people make this walk.
You can combine a visit to Hammerhus with a walk to the Moseløkken quarry.
The walk starts at the carpark of Hammmerhus, of at the carpark on the opposite site of the street. From that carpark follow the signs to the quarry. It's a 30 min. walk.
The quarry is now a museum, and it gives you an inside in the granite industrie here.
The granite here is called Hammern-granite. When the museum is open you can cut granite by yourself. The walk goes further alongside the great granite blocks. After 15 min you came by a nice lake in the woods with many frogs in it. After 30 min thw walk ends on the road to the Hammerhus.
You can find Almindingen in the centre of Bornholm. The walk from Hallebakken to the Rokkestenen is the yellow tour, and starts at the carpark by km stone 14, on the road from Rønne to Svaneke.The path leads first from Hallebakken to Gammle Borg. Ruines of an old castle. Through the beautifull hornbeam and oak forest. A few km further you cross the lake Borgesø by a small bridge and reach Lille Borg, als an ruine of an old castle. here you cross the street and walk to the west, (left) to the Rokkestenen.
Rokkestenen left here by the ice-age. According to the legend, the stone rests on a diamond and can thus be rocked. (a few cm).
The path leads us back to the carpark.
On the westcoast of Bornholm you wil find some nice very small fishing hamlets: Helligpeder and Teglkås. At the end of this coastal road you will find Gines Minde, with a car-park.
Only on foot and bike you can travel here to Vang.
Some houses and a smoke-house is all there is and a small harbour.
In Teglkås you will find the most-photographed smoke-house of Bornholm.
The rest is also very photogenic.
There are four round churches on Bornholm, and they can be found in Østerlars, Olsker, Nylars and Nyker. The church of Østerlars is the most wel known church. Some times it can be very crowded with people there (lots of touringcars on the carpark).
There is a myth around these churches about the purpose of these buildings in ancient times.
They were built between 1150 and 1250. Some say they were used as defensive forts and shelter for the villagepeople against their enemy from the sea, other say they were used as storage places for grain and other commodities. And of course they were used as sacred place. Most churches have a second floor and from it you have a fine view of the surroundings of the church. All churches are open for the public.
Nevertheless it's nice to bring a visit to these churches.
Between Allinge and Sandvig you find a large collection of stone-carvings.
On the rocks you can see glacial striae and afcourse the carvings.
There are carvings of ships, wheel-cross footprints etc.
The carvings where probably made in the bronze age between 1800-500 before Christ.
They have a red color, so they can be seen very well.
The reason there is no photo is because we came here to see the great art and were then trapped in the worst rain storm the island had seen that summer. Therefore, we quickly left whilst it was a bit better, pedalling furiously to reach our goal for the day, Gudhjem, without flooding away on the roads. I simply didn't want to ruin the camera in the pouring rain and the picture wouldn't have been more than a grey mish-mash anyway. Even the cows ran for shelter as the water came down sideways! But check their homepage for pictures.
Nevertheless, this is a nice museum full of mainly Scandinavian art by mainly Bornholm artists such as the famous Oluf Høst. Here you find his, and many others' paintings but also ceramics and sculptures. The house in itself is a bit of an modern artchitectural masterpiece. Personally, I liked the fact that the "Holy Well" stream had been led right into the museum entrance so there was an internal water source. There is also a viewing tower, although I failed to see how the views could be that interesting. The museum is right next to the famous Heilligdomsklipperne cliffs (a short walk which was too impossible to us in the rain as we had to cycle on and couldn't START already soaked...) and if you could have seen those I would have been more impressed. But the tower still has an interesting exhibition on the cliffs and of nearby Dønedalen with Bornholm's highest waterfall.
There is also a restaurant in the museum which was very innovative and with cheerful staff. Unfortunately, they were understaffed and had us waiting quite a long time and the portions were small. Saying that, the food was really nice and you could always go for just a coffee and cake whilst looking at the sculptures in the meadow outside. There is also a shop full of everything from art and photo books to amber to educational toys.
We rolled into Gudhjem wetter than the most drained cats but with a mood more defiant than sour. I already knew from colleagues that it is the Bornholm town most known for its steep streets down to the sea and that some weren't even allowed to bike down. Nevertheless I wasn't prepared for the leg ache I got after mixing foot and hand breaks on a rainy road for as long as it took to get down to the harbour! :))) Once there, we found that it is just the lovely town everyone says it is with its dramatic setting and many galleries and restaurants. Distinctly Danish but reminding you of smuggling villages in Devon or Yorkshire. Gudhjem is also excellent as a base for exploring several of Bornholm's biggest museums and most famous cliffs and for catching boats along the coast and to Christiansø islands.
One of Denmark's, if not Scandinavia's, most famous beaches and rightly so. Dueodde's sand is so fine it was exported for use in hourglasses and as ink writing sand. These days, it is more famous as a beach, and people flock here to swim and have fun in summer whilst the lighthouse appear on plenty of Bornholm postcards. I have to say I have rarely seen such white sand in Scandinavia. If you want to see more about the southern tip of Bornholm and have tips, check out my page on Snogebaek.