View to Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark
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Cruisereise til Ronne, Denmark

Nestled in the glittering blue waters of the Baltic Sea between Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland, Bornholm is a favorite getaway among Scandinavians craving a break from the bustle of city life. This idyllic Danish isle goes by many names, too — some call it “Sunshine Island” because of its clear blue skies and mild weather, and “Rock Island” because of its dramatic granite formations, which store heat during the summer. You won’t find any big towns or crowds here, even during season — just quaint dairy farms, colorful half-timbered houses, Nordic round churches, and beautiful windswept coasts. The busiest spot on the island is Rønne, your gateway to the rest of Bornholm, but even this main port moves at slow, serene pace.
Nasjonalt språk Danish
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Things To Do in Ronne, Bornholm

Osterlars Church), the Oldest of the Four Round Churches on Bornholm Island, Denmark

ROUND CHURCHES & RUNESTONES

Osterlars Church), the Oldest of the Four Round Churches on Bornholm Island, Denmark

Osterlars Church), the Oldest of the Four Round Churches on Bornholm Island, Denmark

ROUND CHURCHES & RUNESTONES

Bornholm has four of Denmark’s seven iconic round churches, and they’re among the island’s most popular landmarks. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, these edgeless structures are doubled as fortresses in times of conflict and are still in use for religious services today. The largest and oldest is Østerlars, known as much for its history as for the three ancient rune stones on its grounds.

Bicycles parked by the entrance to the Baltic sea beach

BIKE AROUND BORNHOLM

Bicycles parked by the entrance to the Baltic sea beach

Bicycles parked by the entrance to the Baltic sea beach

BIKE AROUND BORNHOLM

With over 230 km of bike tracks across the island, Bornholm is a cyclist’s haven. Zip around Rønne or venture out on a longer ride to the Gamleborg Viking fortress and the heather-covered Paradisbakkerne Hills on the island’s east coast. Stop for a fresh seafood lunch in a fishing hamlet along the way.

Hammershus castle - the biggest Northern Europe castle ruins
Hammershus castle - the biggest Northern Europe castle ruins

MEDEIVAL MARVEL

Bornholm is home to the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe — Hammershus. Perched atop a steep, rocky outcropping on the northern tip of the island, this impressive castle ruin has parts that date back to the early 12th century. Stop by the visitor’s center before exploring the castle to learn more about its history.

Fish and chips plate and a glass of beer
Fish and chips plate and a glass of beer

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d probably never expect it, but Bornholm has a pretty amazing food scene — especially Rønne. You’ll find it all here, from traditional Danish dishes to trendsetting street food. Try some of the island’s famous smoked fish or crispy-fried fish and chips paired with a local brew, and finish the meal with a slice of Danish apple cake.

Images from a glass blower in Bornholm, Denmark.
Images from a glass blower in Bornholm, Denmark.

SHOPPING

Arts and crafts are big in Bornholm, especially glassblowing and pottery made with locally worked clay. Rønne’s Lille Torv and Store Torv areas have lots of shops selling both, along with fashion, housewares, and more. And keep an eye out for the island’s famous grandfather clocks, considered among the finest made in Denmark.

Innsidetips
Innsidetips
1 Bornholm was the first place in Europe to be designated a World Craft Region, so make sure you keep an eye out for craft workshops and boutiques.
2 Service charges are included in your bill, but tips are always appreciated — 10% is typical if you’re happy with the service.
3 If you’re not renting a bike and prefer to get around by taxi, you can hail one on the street.

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