Bornholm – A must-visit chance of a lifetime
Bornholm is a place with dramatic pristine water coastlines, ancient ruins, and a beautiful panoramic isolated island which made it get nominated as the best island in the world in the year 2018. Who can have a second thought about paying a visit to this amazing place?
Bornholm is a Danish island situated in the Baltic Sea more than 105 miles of distance from the Capital City of Denmark, Copenhagen while it’s 22 miles away from the Southeast of Sweden. But regardless of the distance, Bornholm is still under Denmark’s territory.
Traveling and crossing from Sweden to Bornholm is so easy that you can choose the kind of transportation you want to use to reach Bornholm. From Malmo, Sweden, there are few ways to travel to Bornholm both ride a train from Malmo to Ystad Port Station and take a ferry straight to Bornholm which takes a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes of travel time altogether. Train tickets can be bought in Skånetrafiken for around SEK 107 for adults and SEK 64for 7 years old to 19years old.
Another option is to drive a car from Malmo to Ystad port (you may bring the car along with you since the ferry boat is a ropax boat that can carry vehicles too) which will last to 40 minutes of driving time. Booking of ferry tickets from Ystad can be done through their website at https://www.bornholmslinjen.dk/.
Bornholm was once an independent territory until the 10th century. It was controlled by Sweden after it was awarded to them by the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658. Later in 1660, it was turned over to Denmark. During World War II, Bornholm it was occupied by the Germans and was bombed by the Russians in 1945 to make the Germans surrender.
The island is composed of 5 main locations which are Ronne, Hammershus, Svaneke, Gudhjem and Dueodde Beach. The northern two-thirds of the island is composed of granite with rocky cliff coasts while the rest of the island which is in the southern parts is more populous with surfaces of sandstones, limestones, shale, and dune coasts. There are areas in Bornholm which are moderately fertile soils being used for grains, dairy farming, and pig raising. The main export products of Bornholm are different kinds of fish (herring, salmon, and cod) also granite, porcelains, and pottery.
Tourism increased significantly and became very important in the 21st century because of its pristine coastlines, clean and clear waters in Dueodde Beach and a lot of beachgoers across Europe pay a visit here.
Things to do in Bornholm
Bornholm is a must place to visit anywhere you are in the world, what more if you are just near to it? There are lots of places to visit and experience in Bornholm and even if it’s just a small isolated island, the history of this place is marked up to this date. Here are the must visit places while in Bornholm.
- Hammershus Castle Ruins
This is a fortress castle situated heading south towards Allinge-Sandive. This is placed strategically on a rocky plateau which was built around 1250 for protection against Danish kings. This fortress was used to fight on several occasions in history and after preservation, it had a magnificent view from the adjacent cliffs. There are several things to do in here like boat trips to the nearby sites including Vade Ovn which is a 55 meters long cave. There is also the walk along the footpath to Slotslyngen woodland which is considered as one of the most beautiful place in Denmark.
- Bornholm’s Museum of Art (Kunstmuseum)
This museum is considered as a finest examples of modern Danish architecture. It was opened in 1993 and has a lot of beautiful sports with a great ocean view across to Christiansoe. This museum has lots of exhibit collections and paintings from the famous artists of Denmark.
- Bornholm Museum
This is the museum in Bornholm that caters all kinds of artifacts related to Bornholm’s history and you if you want to feel the nostalgic history of Bornholm, this is the best place to be.
- Christiansø and the Pea Islands (Ertholmene)
This is a coastal small group of islands on the north east of Bornholm which can be reached by boat that has panoramic views and small ruins of the previous naval bases in the 19th century. Wanna go back in time? This is the best place to be.
- Dueodde Beach
Having to enjoy your summer, this is the best beach to visit. With its finest white sand and a miles of high and low sand dunes. Alongside the beach is the Dueodde Lighthouse that sums up to be considered one of Europe’s best beaches. This is the dramatic beach area you can visit to have your best beach selfie.
For any kind of attractive holiday location on the island, Allinge-Sandiv is one of the best as this is the home of a number of attractive half-timbered houses which is old-style architecture with an interesting old town hall, and a gothic-style church.
- Gudjhem Village
This is a village in the southern part of Allinge. This village is a fishing village wherein you can find fresh salmon, cod, and other sea foods you are craving for. There are also places alongside the village that are seaside fringed with cliffs along which winds a rocky path.
More than the specified areas that were mentioned, there are still more activities to do in Bornholm which are nature-tripping in the Hills of Paradise wherein hikers and bikers are able to enjoy the green scenery of a small forest, narrow valleys for trekking, and enjoy the green trees between cliffs. There were also great restaurants that give the aromatic feel of Bornholm with its seafood craving satisfaction.
To sum up, Bornholm will not just make your stomach and eyes full, but your intellect as well. Going back to see the historic places which are existing in a number of centuries already makes your visit a chance of a lifetime.