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THE ISLAND PARADISE OF BORMHOLM AWAITS YOU!
Take a break from the everyday on picturesque Bornholm! Exuding charm at every turn – from the idyllic town of Rønne to Snogbæk’s sandy beaches and the cosy fishing hamlet of Gudhjem – Bornholm is packed with history and natural beauty. With a beautiful location on the sea just five minutes from Rønne, the luxury Radisson Blu Fredensborg Hotel is a wonderful base for exploring the treasures of this island getaway.
As a guest at the Radisson Blu Fredensborg Hotel in Rønne, you have the best possible starting point for enjoyable strolls through the city’s cobbled streets and sidewalks, where you will encounter tile coating typical of Bornholm and quaint half-timbered houses. Visit the quaint Main Guard and Rønne Theatre, Denmark’s oldest existing theatre building, as well as the citadel. In between, you can relax over a drink or a cup of coffee in the Great Square, where tourists and locals meet.
But the town also has a more sinister history. On 7 and 8 May 1945, after the rest of Denmark had been liberated, Rønne and Nexø were bombed by Russian planes without warning and then occupied by Russian troops. The occupation lasted almost a year. The destruction caused by the bombing, however, also resulted in something positive. As a gift from Sweden, Bornholm received 300 prefabricated and furnished wooden houses. 225 houses were built in Rønne and 75 in Nexø, for the resettlement of the many families who had lost their homes. Today the Swedish houses are desirable residences, and a walk through the neighbourhood is both thought-provoking and life affirming. Other bombed houses were rebuilt so that they fit into the existing rows of houses, the so-called bomb houses.
The harbour is the largest on the island. For many years, fishing was Bornholm’s primary industry, and fishermen still unload their catches at the harbour. The ferries to and from Køge, Ystad and Sassnitz arrive here, and in recent years they have been joined by an increasing number of cruise ships.
From Rønne you have every opportunity to explore the rest of the Sunshine Island, by car or bicycle – you can rent bicycles at the hotel – or you can use the excellent bus services to the towns along the coast. Nothing is holding you back, and there is an incredible amount of things to see and experience.
But there are many other temptations and therefore good opportunities to use your credit card on Bornholm.
Most people know the Bornholm rooster from the supermarket and maybe the crisp rye crackers from Bornholm, but there is so much more on offer. Bornholm mustard, for example, rapeseed oil and St Clement cheese. And did you know that the now world famous liquorice was ‘born’ on Bornholm?
Handicraft is a story in itself. Over the years, artists and craftsmen have settled here because of the good light and the quality clay. Bornholm ceramics are world class, and pottery outlets are springing up all over the island, combined with workshops in many places. In Rønne, we recommend visiting Hjorth’s factory in Krystalgade, which houses workshops, exhibitions and sales. The factory, which was founded in 1859, is now a museum under the auspices of Bornholm museums.
Glass is another quality product. Across the island you will find glass factories, each with its own distinctive character. Most have open workshops, where you can follow the glass from rod to handicraft and unique artistic works. Textiles are also worth exploring. Hand-printed or homespun. Many combine it with their own designs, so why not take the opportunity to have a dress sown that is entirely unique?
There are also many farm shops and exciting specialist shops in the quaint towns along the coast, often with homemade products ranging from candy and honey to great fashion items.
Visit Dueodde with its beach, dunes and a lighthouse, Almindingen with Rytterknægten, the Rocking Stone at Paradise Hills, Døndalen with Denmark’s largest waterfall, Echo Valley and especially the cliffs, many of which have been given names that stimulate the imagination: Lion Heads, Jon’s Chapel, The Wet Oven and the Sanctuary.
The distinctive, well-known, and well-visited Hammershus, which is northern Europe’s largest castle ruin, is situated on the island’s northern tip. As the symbol of the island it has played an important role in the history of Bornholm and a visit can quickly spark the imagination. Here, Leonora Christine and Corfitz Ulfeldt were prisoners, and their escape is described in several works. Today, there are many exciting activities for children and adults that illustrate the history of the place.
Four of Denmark’s seven round churches are found on Bornholm, and each of them is worth a visit. The special form is due to the fact that the churches also served as forts.
The many museums pay homage to the many artists who have lived on the island. Visit the Høst Museum in Gudhjem, where you gain insight into the artist’s life and work, as it is located in Oluf Høst’s own home. In the adjacent garden you can enjoy coffee and cake, while taking in the impressions.
Bornholm’s Art Museum, with its location at the Holy Cliffs in Rø and striking architecture, is also worth exploring. The museum’s permanent exhibition showcases art created on or related to Bornholm as well as examples of great craftsmanship. In addition, there are also temporary exhibitions.
We also recommend visiting the Medieval Centre in Gudhjem where people, animals and buildings showcase medieval history and daily life for visitors of today. Children will love a visit to Joboland by Svaneke, which has a playground, water park and wildlife park, as well as plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
If you have time, you should take the boat from Gudhjem to Ertholmene, which includes Christiansø and Frederiksø, the easternmost point of Denmark. In the 1600s, an impressive fortress was built here, and the island is still owned by the Ministry of Defence.
There is so much more to see on the island of Bornholm, so hurry up and book a room to begin exploring this lovely island.
However, there are several other annual events that are worth planning your visit around. In addition to the on-stage entertainment, the Bornholm Revue at Rønne Theatre gives you an opportunity to see the oldest, existing theatre building in action, which in itself is an experience.
Music thrives on Bornholm and there are several music festivals, for example, Wonderfestiwall with bands and DJs from all over Europe at the foot of Hammershus as well as classical concerts all year round.
Bornholm is a Mecca for good, fresh raw ingredients, so do not miss out on an unforgettable gourmet meal, for example, at Di 5 Stâuerna, located in five different rooms at the Radisson Blu Fredensborg Hotel. There are also many other dining options scattered across the island, from gourmet temples to quaint restaurants and inns with high-quality homemade dishes like your Grandmother would make them, along with fish specialties and international cuisine. All restaurants take pride in using local produce.
You must of course taste the island’s most famous specialty, smoked herring. It is best enjoyed at one of the local smokehouses, for example in Gudhjem, and preferably accompanied by a beer from Svaneke Brewery, a cosy atmosphere and a sea view. It doesn’t get more local than this.
If you feel like a cup of coffee during a stroll, served perhaps with a piece of cake while you watch the locals and tourists pass by, there are plenty of cafés to choose from. From the trendy cafés with espresso in countless variations to cosy coffee houses with homemade cakes and delicious lunch dishes. And children should of course taste the island’s famous, locally produced ice cream.
Even though Bornholm is a vacation island, it not characterized by its wild nightlife; however, you do find some nightclubs where you can let your hair down, most of which are located in Rønne.