Bornholm combines history, culture and beautiful coastal scenery. It’s one of the sunniest destinations in Denmark, with holidaymakers flocking to relax on white-sand beaches, swim in the Baltic Sea and enjoy the laid-back island lifestyle. Explore the ruins of a medieval fortress, stroll around picturesque fishing villages and discover the island’s rich artistic heritage. A flourishing culinary scene is the icing on the cake.
Things to do in Bornholm
Over the centuries, the picturesque landscapes and ethereal natural light of Bornholm have inspired a variety of artists and creatives. Bornholms Kunstmuseum occupies a striking contemporary building and showcases works by famous artists such as Olaf Rude and Edvard Weie. Enjoy lunch at the light-filled café, then stroll around the grounds and take in the spectacular sea views.
Hammeren nature reserve is perched on the northern tip of the island and is laced with scenic walking trails. Some skirt the clifftops and others lead you inland through lush woodlands and rolling hills blanketed in purple heather.
Bornholm is dotted with “rundekirke” round churches built to double as fortified defensive strongholds. Nylars Rundkirke in Rønne is one of the oldest on the island and dates back to the 1100s. Admire the beautiful 13th-century frescoes depicting the Garden of Eden and climb up to the watchman’s lookout for sweeping views over the surrounding countryside.
Bornholm is one of the top foodie destinations in Denmark, with a big focus on local and organic produce. The island is dotted with historic smokehouses where you can enjoy smoked herring, the local specialty. Most feature sun-drenched outdoor patios with fantastic sea views.
Getting around Bornholm
Bicycles are a fun and eco-friendly way to get around the island, with more than 200 kilometres of trails to explore. All the island’s towns and villages are easy to navigate on foot. Other transport options include rental cars and public buses.