Welcome to Bornholm
Sometimes referred to as the 'Pearl of the Baltic', Bornholm is
a wildly popular holiday destination in Denmark for tourists from
Sweden, Poland and Germany, though it is largely overlooked by
tourists from the US and UK.
The island, located in the Baltic Sea, is geographically closer
to Sweden and Poland than the Danish mainland, which gives it a
uniquely international environment. Established as an important
trading post in the Viking age, Bornholm passed in ownership from
country to country for many centuries and was a heavily-contested
strategic point in World War II for the Russians and Germans.
These days visitors to Bornholm come not the trade or occupy but
to enjoy the island's sunny beaches and gorgeous natural
environment, and activities like sailing, fishing, camping, hiking,
bicycling and just lounging in the sun are popular ways to pass the
time. The Almindingen forest is among the largest in Denmark, and
Dueodde boasts some of the best sandy beaches in the Baltic.
The numerous small towns on Bornholm hold their own attractions,
including the beautiful sunrises and charming winding streets of
Gudhjem, the jazz festival at Allinge, and the bustling markets and
local beers of Svaneke. The biggest town on Bornholm is Rønne,
which is where most ferries disembark, and features pretty
19-century architecture, and a collection of museums, shops and
Getting to Bornholm is not easy, as ferries from Copenhagen take
between 5-7 hours, however there are regular direct flights from
Denmark and Germany. Bornholm can be uncomfortably crowded and
inconveniently over booked in the peak summer season, but the
dramatic changes in season in late spring and early autumn are
ideal times to enjoy the abundant beauty of the tiny island.
Information & Facts
Danish is the official language, but English is
understood and widely used.
Danish currency is the Krone (DKK), made up of 100 ore. ATMs are
liberally sprinkled throughout the country, and all major credit
cards are widely accepted, expecially Visa. Travellers cheques are
welcome at banks and hotels. Most banks are not open at weekends,
however Copenhagen has several bureaux de change which stay open
late at night, seven days a week.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday