is not a big city, on the contrary, you will find winding streets and splendidly
measured houses in the old part of town.
Bornholm's steep rocky coast must be experienced from the sea.
Starting in Gudhjem, the passenger boat THOR makes numerous daily sailings past the beautiful groups of rocks such as the Wet Oven, Candle Rock, Black Hollow on its way to Helligdomsklipperne (Sanctuary Rocks). Motorboats LINDA, FREM and Søfryd sail from Hammer Harbour close along the rocks beneath the Hammershus ruins, past the Lion Heads and into the 70-meter deep Wet Oven. Experienced guides tell about the sights-of interest.
Bornholm has also much to offer the cruise passengers, in a couple of hours it is possible to get a good impression of Bornholm. Rønnes harbour's new cruise ship wharf with a length of 240 m and a minimum water depth of 8 m, and not to mention the harbour's new passenger service building, now enables the harbour to give a proper welcome to the island's cruise ship guests.
Renting a car and experiencing Bornholm on one's own is also a good idea. Bornholm's limited size provides tourists with the possibility of visiting battering beaches along the the southern coast, the rock grouping along the northern coast and much more in the course of just a few hours.
Another exciting way to experience Bornholm is from the air. At Rønne airport, there are sightseeing flights of different length during all daylight hours.
Hasle: Within a radius of a few kilometres visitors can experience on of Bornholm's best bathing beaches, wander in the large Hasle woods with its unique history, or enjoy the idyllic fishing hamlets along the coast.
The Hasle district is not only for visitors seeking the peace and calm of nature, but also for people interested in atmosphere and culture. The first time that the Hasle District is mentioned in historical records is in 1149. Many historic, cultural monuments are found throughout the area.
Tourism of Bornholm started on North Bornholm around the turn of the century when especially German tourists used Bornholm as a holiday destination until World War I. The names and architecture of many hotels and pensions are reminders of that period of history.
North Bornholm seems like a large natural reserve. Vang, Finne Valley, the Hammershus Ruin, the Hammer, Opal Lake, Hammer Lake and a great number of sights are connected by innumerable crisscrossing nature paths.
The rocky coast from Sandvig to Tejn offers many nature experiences, and you will find many coves and sherries, small salt meadows and bathing beaches. In Sandkås, you can experience one of the island's most distinctive and beautiful rift valleys. A footpath leads past high rocky walls and fallen boulders through beautiful wildlife. A stream babbles at the bottom of the rift valley. The towns are an experience in past and present. Tejn Harbour is Bornholm's largest fishing hamlet. A well-kept post mill is found in the middle of the fishing hamlet.
is a small community which down through history has been strongly influenced by
nearby Hammershus and the quarry industry of Bornholm. Today, the town consists
of many half-timbered houses and a charming harbour with fishing hamlet enchantment
and an active tourist milieu. Sandvig's old quarry-worker houses are now on the
historic register. The ramparts in Sandvig date from the time of the Lübeckians
and are part of the defence system. "The Old Town hall", located by the ramparts,
is the town's oldest building. For a beautiful outdoor experience, follow the
lighthouse path all the way around the Hammer. From the former rescue path, help
was provided to ships in distress; many seafarers have been brought safely to
Gudhjem-Melsted (pop 850) is a fishing hamlet with 3 small harbours. The hamlet lies on a granite slope with picturesque houses and street scenes. In summer, its narrow, steep streets are teeming with tourists. The view from Bokul out over the hamlet's red roofs is unique, as is the walk down the coastal path to Salene Bay and to Melsted Beach.
Throughout this entire century, artists and artisans have been linked to Gudhjem and have found their inspiration in the extraordinary light, the hamlet atmosphere and the scenic beauty.
Gudhjem Museum, galleries, Gudhjem Glasrøgeri at the harbour, Baltic Sea Glass in Saltuna, and the Bornholm Art Museum at Helligdommen are all a part of why the Gudhjem area is the centre of art and handicraft on Bornholm.
Denmark's smallest marked town - population 1,200 - can boast of more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country.
Svaneke is always teeming with activity. During the summer you can experience this idyllic town at a peaceful gait from a horse drawn streetcar. Every Saturday morning - in July and August Friday too, are market days in Svaneke. Music, performances, and catchpenny shows combined with freshly-baked "apple slice" cakes and freshly brewed hot coffee are all part of the experience.
Nexø - The fishing industry town:
The town of Nexø has one of Bornholm's best bathing beaches as its nearest neighbor. Nexø`s close bond to the sea make the town a fishing centre for the entire Baltic Sea where fishing mainly concentrates on cod, salmon and herring.
Therefore, the town arms symbolize the main industries of fishing and shipping.
The population of Nexø is around 4,000 persons, and the population of the entire municipality is around 9,000 persons.
A large number of convenience shops and speciality shops make Nexø an attractive town of commerce where you can buy almost anything.
During the last days of the war, both Rønne and Nexø were heavily damaged by bombardments. Numerous traces of this are still visible, e.g. the so-called Swedish Wooden Houses donated to Bornholm by the Swedish government - a splendid assistance in rebuilding the town.
The town also contains the childhood home of author Martin Andersen Nexø in FerskesøstrÆde 36. Today it is fixed up with memorial rooms for the world-renowned author whose works include "Pelle the Conqueror". The movie based on the book received an Oscar in 1989 for best foreign film.
Åkirkeby -The flower town: At the heart of the island lies Åkirkeby. On the square there are ample opportunities to relax and enjoy the profusely decorated flower town. You'll find plenty of room to eat you box lunch or enjoy a cup of coffee from the patisserie, a glass of draught beer or a good Danish hot-dog.
Åkirkeby has the largest church on the island and is famous for its baptist font. From the lookout tower on Rytterknægten (162m) in Almindingen, the third largest forest in Denmark, you can experience how rocks, forest and beach all meet in Åkirkeby Township.
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