Legends abound on the island of Bornholm (pop. 40,000), associated with the Knights Templar who are said to have left secrets inside the island’s four round churches. Windmills, picturesque coastal towns and the ruins of a medieval castle make Bornholm worth exploring by car, on foot or on a bike. It is accessible by fast ferry (3 hrs) direct from Copenhagen, and by overnight ferry from Køge, which is 45 minutes by train from Copenhagen.
Bornholm is great not only for water activities but also for nature walks along the coast and in Echo Valley.
Learn about the island’s history at Bornholm Museum in Rønne.
The fishing port of Gudhjem is known for the picturesque panorama of the town.
Svaneke Bryghus microbrewery and restaurant brews award-winning unfiltered beers.
Østerlars Church, established in the 12th century, is the largest of the island’s round churches.
Bornholm welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors who descend on the island in July and August but is very quiet during other seasons.
For a small island, the scenery in Bornholm varies from rift valley to rocky outcrops to caves accessible by boat.
There are about a dozen windmills in Bornholm dating from the 19th century.
A rest stop flies the Danish flag. For centuries, Denmark, Sweden and Lübeck (Germany) have ruled the island.
The 13th century castle fortress of Hammershus is said to be the largest medieval fortification in Northern Europe.
The white sand beach of Dueodde draws crowds in the summer months.
Artists and crafters call Bornholm home.
The traditional fish smokehouse in Hasle is the last of its kind on Bornholm.
Bornholm is also accessible by ferry from Sweden, Germany and Poland.
The rocky soil and Bornholm’s relative isolation influence the flora of the island.