Denmark's easternmost island in the Baltic sea is a sight to behold. The island receives many hours of sunshine and its extraordinary light has a long history of attracting artists. This slow-paced, friendly place is the only place in Denmark where you can walk craggy, granite coastline. Known for pure, white beaches, you can enjoy a unique island culture of round churches, regional delecacies, and quaint fishing villages, all among postcard-perfect scenery.
Bornholm is lined with wonderfully quaint little fishing villages, each with its own charm and welcoming community. The towns are within easy reach of one another, making for a nice bike tour of the island. Get to know the country towns and coastal harbors and all their culinary delights below.
Bornholm has a strong tradition of craft artisans, particularly within the fields of glass work and ceramics. You can visit open workshops all over the island and see the artisans in action at places such as Hjorth's Fabrik, Bornholm's Ceramics Museum in Rønne. Throughout history, painters have been fascinated by the extraordinary light on Bornholm.
This scenic and sunny island is home to an outsized, vibrant food scene where the back-to-the-roots locally-sourced philosophy kickstarted by the New Nordic movement is taken to a whole 'nother level. And the island's long history of making do with whatever they had around them has met a sophisticated generation of talented chefs putting Bornholm on the culinary map. Today Bornholm has two Michelin stars and some well-known dishes that are a must-try when visiting the island.
Four of Denmark's seven medieval round churches (rundkirke) are located on Bornholm. Originally built around 1150, these uniquely round churches were used as places of worship, storage for passing ships, and fortresses to protect against attack during the middle ages. There are rumors that some of the churches were associated with the Knights Templar.
For a relatively small island, Bornholm has quite a variety of geography and ecosystems. In the north you'll find rocky beaches and stunning cliffs. In the south are beaches with sandy so fine that the sand was once used in hour glasses. In between you have forests, caves, fields, and more. Off the coast you'll find the historic islands if Christiansø and Frederiksø. All of these waiting to be explored.