Bornholm: explore Denmark’s Baltic gem

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Source: Lonely Planet

The sunniest part of Denmark lies way out in the Baltic Sea. Bornholm used to be a place where almost everyone in Denmark decamped to in the summer. The island is called solskinsøen, which means The Sunshine Island because of its weather, and klippeøen, meaning The Rock Island because of its geology, which consists granite, except along the southern coast.

The heat from the summer is stored in the rock formations and thanks to that, the weather is quite warm until October. As a result of the climate, a local variety of the common fig, known as Bornholm’s Diamond, can grow locally on the island. The topografy consists of dramatic rock formations in the north (unlike the rest of Denmark), sloping down towards forests and farmland in the middle and sandy beaches in the south region.

Bornholm presents the Danish landscape in a nutshell: it is hilly and fertile with fields and large forests. Here, you can enjoy a unique island culture of the island’s four 1th-century round churches, historic smoke houses and quaint fishing villages. Bornholm has an unquestionable and special culture and history, and we would like to guide you through this beautiful island.

Bornholm’s towns are easy to reach, the towns and villages are really close to eachother. This is one of the reasons why Bornholm is a perfect island to cycle around, with cycle woutes across the whole island: 150 miles of paths around the island. The local tourism agency estimates that around 30,000 cyclists arrive every year. No wonder that this is the place where the iconic Christiania cargo bikes are made. There are also very special walks to explore around the coast and inland, also more opportunities to enjoy the water – one of the greatest location for an active holiday and an adventorous lifestyle.

Meanwhile you are wondering from one location to another, you might get a bit hungry. Some say that the place is a true „gourmet island”: Bornholm is most known for its smoked fish and its signature dish, Sun over Gudhjem. But there are plenty must-try foods, for example blue cheese, fat Bornholm roosters and rye biscuits.

After a good meal you can treat yourself with a ticket to one of the museums of Bornholm, which all give you knowledge and experience in an unique way. The island offers many different kinds of museums: arts and crafts, defence, agriculture, poets, the Bornholm railroad, famous painters, the stone industry, pottery, the herring smoking process…

Our little guide is just a piece of the cake, explore yourself the beautiful island of Bornholm.
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