Bornholm Travel Guide

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    fish lined up at the smoke house..
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    View from Gudhjem church
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Bornholm Things to Do

  • Hammershus

    Once a residence of king Valdemar II, this castle from the 13th century, is today a ruin in a beautiful coast north of Bornholm.Reconstruction in 1900 recovered part of the walls and a tower.

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  • Gudhjem's Museum

    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.

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  • Alinge

    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, because the beach was so frightening as anywhere else

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  • Balka

    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.

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  • Hasle

    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.

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  • Nexo

    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.

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  • Gudhjem

    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.

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  • Ronne

    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.

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  • Sandvig

    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.

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Bornholm Hotels

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  • Radisson SAS Fredensborg Hotel

    Strandvejen 116, Ronne, Bornholm, 3700, Denmark

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Griffen

    Nordre Kystve 34, Ronne, Bornholm, DK-3700, Denmark

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Bornholm Restaurants

  • Vineyards

    Yes, you read it correctly. Bornholm has a handful of vineyards in the area around Pedersker (between Aakirkeby and Dueodde/Nexoe). The one in the picture is open from 11.00 for visits. When they run out of vine for the season, they make strawberry wine from their berries. There is also a cafe. Wine :)

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  • Cosy brewery

    Svaneke makes famous Bornholm local beer and it comes in four types, the "Classic" light, a dark "Gold", a stout and a special brew which varies and when we were there was called Sweet Mary and became a favourite (and which we only saw in the brewery itself). In the Bryghus, you can sit next to the copper vats and dine on fish and meat. The meat...

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  • Smoked fish

    Every coastal village on Bornholm with some self-respect has a smokery, if not several. They are easily recognised by their narrow chimneys, often whitewashed but sometimes also in red brick. Famous ones are in Svaneke and Hasle to name a couple. Here, you will find all sorts of smoked fish, not only local, but of course the Bornholm dishes are the...

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Bornholm Transportation

  • Cycling

    Cycling is a fantastic way to get around the island. You can bring your own on the ferry or rent one in Rønne harbour as you get there, but also in any of the other major towns and villages. Several hostels and hotels also offer bike rentals. Contact the tourist information through the link on the intro page to get updated companies.The island's...

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  • Through the sea from Poland to Bornholm

    During summer there is a nice opportunity to get from some Polish coastal resorts to Bornholm.Between Swinoujscie and Rønnehttp://www.polferries.pl/en/center_main.php?lang=en&main=newsThe PolferriesBetween Kolobrzeg and NexøBetween Darlowo and Nexøhttp://www.zegluga.pl/bornholmuk.htm Zegluga Gdanska

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  • Transportation to Christiansø

    Christiansø is one of the most important sights on Bornholm and can only be reached with a ferry. Christiansøfarten has two routes from Allinge and Gudhjem.The peak season is from 18/6 - 27/8 and there is 3-4 daily tours. The price is 220 DKK for an adult and 110 KDD for Children (6-14).

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Bornholm Shopping

  • Beautiful building

    Yes, it is touristy!Yes, it is odd, nowhere finding anything that looks like it.Yes, it is merchandising, calling the tourist to sell common crafts.But... I've been there twice, and twice we had to stop and enter the place. I don't know if the commercial results are good, but the good idea seems to work.

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  • Handcrafted things

    All over Bornholm, there are converted farms and harbour warehouses selling a huge amount of very good handicraft of all kinds. There are international Danish designers such as Bo Bendixen with his cheerful textiles and clothing in Snogebaek and there are unknown local artists making just that little something you might fall for. Clothing and...

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Bornholm Local Customs

  • Selling

    One thing fascinated me in Bornholm:The producers put a small table by their houses, displaying what they have to sell. Passing people who decide to buy, pick the things and leave the money. So simple! So serious! So nice!Who could imagine such a solution in many other countries?

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  • Agriculture

    Denmark is a rich and happy country, with a frizzing climate. In my country agriculture has been abandoned in the last years, because... "it doesn't compensate". If so, why is it possible in the rich Denmark? Why don't we learn from them?

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  • Fishing

    Fishing is the livelihood for many people on Bornholm and a sure topic for conversation everywhere. Just make sure both you and the person you talk to have enough time and energy if you want to discuss it. The entire coast is dotted with fishing villages, all with their own smokeries, and most towns have started their lives as fishing hamlets. You...

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Bornholm Warnings and Dangers

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 18, 2005

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    Nothing dangerous at all, but you should be aware of the fact that you can come across these as a cyclist in the northern parts of the island. It is simply where the cliffs are too steep to make a proper cycle path so instead, steps have been created, leaving you to pull your bike up! The hardest one we encountered and the most famous one is this one just south of Jon's Chapel on the west coast. Luckily, there is a kiosk at the top where you can refresh yourself in all sorts of manners. The Bornholm cycle book gives you the advise to take the main road from Hasle if you tow a trailer as well. The second one we encountered was outside Gudhjem but that was shorter - and downhill for us :)))

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Bornholm Tourist Traps

  • Expensive

    I find Bornholm really expensive since I think that it should be discovered by car.There is not many hostels but there are some!The ferry cost a lot and can only be cheaper if you decide to fly or take the ferry without a car.Food and local stuff are more expensive here than in other parts of Denmark.But it is everything worth it!

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  • German invasion :)))

    The main foreign tourists on Bornholm are without doubt Germans, followed by other Scandinavians and Poles. Don't get me wrong, I have German family, but in fact, I have never seen as many German tourists anywhere outside Germany considering the size of Bornholm. This means that many sights only have very basic information in English, if any,...

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Bornholm Off The Beaten Path

  • Vestermarie

    Vestermarie Church is a neo-Romanesque church in granite, that replaced replaced in 1885, a medieval Maria Church. From this time are the pulpit and the altarpiece.In the churchyard there are 6 rune stones from the 11th century.

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  • Aakirkeby

    In the island of Bornholm, this nice small town of Aakirkeby is not a must see, but if you pass there there's no reason to skip it: a small brake in your trip allows a quick visit to a calm place, with historic relevancy.

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  • Hammerknuden

    Hammerknuden is in connection with the old ruin Hammershus and Hammer Habor.The "main" entrance is just next to Sandvig Camping Area where can walk in two different directions.One of them leads you to the most northern part of Bornholm. This is a beautiful walk and takes only 15 minutes. You will see the the water hits the rocks and is very...

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Bornholm Sports & Outdoors

  • Round and round the island

    Well...I hope Bornholm succeeds in being one of Europe's top five cycle holiday destinations soon as it is a delight to bike here. Hilly in the north and flat in the south. The main biking path is a national one called number 10 and well signposted as it hugs the coast all around the island. There are also inland paths along Bornholm's disused...

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  • Water sport at Hammershus

    You can slide from top thru to the lake by cable. It looks safe and enjoyfull. I would like to try if I had a time.

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  • Water sports

    There are plenty of little harbour towns and in some you can go sailing in summer. There are also diving centres where you can discover the Baltic Sea under water. Use the tourist link on the intro page for the most up to date addresses.

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Bornholm Favorites

  • Buy local!

    It is difficult not to buy any of the many local products. They are everywhere and are widely used.The local products are things like: Beer, Boiled sweets, licorice, canola oil, caramels, raw biscuits and many other things.

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  • Cycling map of Bornholm

    The best way to discover Bornholm is with a bike!If you're going on a cycling-vacation at Bornholm you should take a look at this webpage:http://www.cykel.bornholm.info/?langid=2Here you can find a map with recommended tours, sights and so on.

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  • Toilets at Bornholm

    Locally in Denmark there is often discussions about the fact that there are only few public toilets. This is not the case at Bornholm. I have been to Bornholm plenty of times and a few times with my grandparents. Ofcause they was more in the need of toilets than I was and then we began to discus the numbers of toilets at Bornholm.It seems to me...

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