Guide to Accommodation and Attractions on Bornholm

A holiday paradise in the Baltic Sea known for its beautiful beaches, cliffs and coast
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Bornholm - Pearl of the Baltic Sea

Bornholm offers something special when it comes to Danish culture and tourism. The small, rough island with about 40,000 inhabitants is made of granite and resembles the neighbors Norway and Sweden more than Denmark. Bornholm is the perfect holiday experience for families and backpackers.

Hammershus, northern Europe's largest castle ruin, is beautifully situated in north Bornholm. This should be on your must-see list. Look out for the new visitors’ centre which is built into the hillside. Walk up and admire the historic ruins then enjoy the fantastic views when you peer down and out at ponds, forests and the Baltic Sea. If your legs are up the journey, visit the area called Hammerknud which is close to Hammershus and experience some of Bornholm's most unique nature. The trip from Hammershus to Danhostel Sandvig is about 2.5 km and is easily reached by bike or on foot. For a small fee, rent a small boat and sail from Hammer Harbour (Hammerhavnen) along the rocky coast and explore some of the small caves.

Learn more here.
Rock Carvings on Madsebakke
Denmark's largest rock carvings, dating back to the Bronze Age, are located at Madsebakke on Bornholm. The carvings which are about 3,500 years old feature fourteen ship carvings, five-wheel crosses, five-foot figures and many bowls. Many visit the area to admire beautiful memories of the past. Danhostel Sandvig is within walking distance of Madsebakke.

Learn about Madsebakke here.
Moseløkke Stenbrud
Moseløkkes Stenbrudsmuseum
The igneous rocks taken from Moseløkke Quarry have travelled far and wide. They were used in the construction of, among other things, the Carlsberg Elephants at the Ny Glytoteket, the entrance to Christiansborg (the building which houses the Danish Parliament), and the pillars at the National Museum – all in Copenhagen. Visit the museum, learn about the techniques of a true Bornholm stonemason and test your strength against granite and tools.

See a view of the quarry here. (page in Danish).
Østerlars Rundkirke
Østerlars Round Church
Of the 4 round churches on Bornholm, the most impressive and most visited is situated in Østerlars. Each year, approx. 120,000 visitors come to see the church which is considered one of Bornholm's main attractions. Learn more about the church, especially how it was formerly used as a fortress.

For information on opening hours, read more here.
The Ertholmene Islands
The small Ertholmene islands of Christiansø and Frederiksø with their rugged, beautiful surroundings lie about 20 km east of Bornholm. To see them, take the tour which departs from the town of Gudhjem. Get to Gudhjem in good time so you can try two of Bornholm's culinary specialities - Sol over Gudhjem (smoked herring, onion and chives with a raw egg atop a small piece of rye bread), and the island’s popular smoked herring at Gudhjem Smokehouse. For food at the highest gastronomic level, visit Restaurant Kadeau in southern Bornholm which offers exceptional Nordic food made with local and Nordic produce.

Read more about the islands here.
Bornholm Natural Beauty
Don’t forget to visit the famous Rocking Stone (Rokkestenen) in Paradise Hills (Paradisbakkerne). If you cannot find the real thing, there are several others on the island so just ask the locals. You will love the wide-open spaces at Ekkodal when you make any sound and hear the echo. Great fun! After listening to your own voice for a while, take a trip through the valley and walk carefully on the cliffs while you enjoy the views. Although Bornholm is an island made of granite, the famous Dueodde Beach (Strand) with its fine, white sand once used in hourglasses will be a wonderful surprise.
Danhostel Sandvig, situated near many of the attractions on Bornholm, is the best location if you want to see everything. Hosts, Bettina and Per will recommend the best places to visit. Ask Per about his water adventures and experience a memorable fishing or sightseeing trip on his boat!