A different kind of Denmark: Bornholm is an island in the Baltic Sea, located to the east of the rest of Denmark - and is easily reached by plane, train or even car from Copenhagen. Here are 8 of our top tips on how to conquer this rocky retreat.
1. Get a sense of history at Hammershus castle ruins
Scandinavia’s largest medieval fortification majestically towers the northern tip of Bornholm 74 meters above sea level. Erected in the 13th century as a royal residence and base for the Danish crusades, the ruins are now a must-see when visiting Bornholm for the first time.
2. Be charmed by the cozy fishing villages
Scattered around the island quaint little fishing villages act as idyllic backdrops to locals and visitors hanging out and soaking up that true island vibe. The villages are buzzing with life in the summer, and many are home to the famous heering smoke houses, old half-timbered houses and crooked, narrow streets.
3. Gaze at the dramatic rock formations
Bornholm is also called "Solskinsøen" (The Sunshine Island) because of its status as the spot in Denmark with the most annual days of sunshine and "Klippeøen" (The Rock Island) because of its geology, which consists of granite. The rocks are primarily found in the north.
4. Visit the iconic round churches
Østerlars is one of Bornholm's four round churches and one of the island's iconic attractions.
5. Treat your tastebuds
Smoked, pickled or grilled. Herring is the definition of a local Bornholm specialty. But the island holds so much more and is truly a gastronomic beacon with its combination of great local produce and aspiring chefs at Nordic restaurants including Nordlandet, the Michelin-starred Kadeau and Christianshøjkroen - named Denmark's best lunch restaurant in 2015.
6. Be inspired by the island’s creative craftsmen
Bornholm is famous for its craftsmanship legacy. Especially the many ceramics and pottery workshops scattered around the island offer perfect opportunity for visitors to meet local creative souls and bring back some hand-made souvenirs.
7. Enjoy nature along with an adrenaline kick
Bornholm offers a great selection of activities. Jump in the saddle on one of the island’s many mountain bike tracks, run the steep hills or go fishing if speed is not your thing. A popular choice for thrill seekers is the zipline taking you 43 meters down over the lake, Opalsøen (pictured).
8. Visit an art museum surrounded by nature
Bornholm Art Museum right by the rocky shore encapsulates the light of the beautiful island and is a must-see for art lovers but especially for anyone who appreciates great architecture in stunning natural surroundings.