Geographically it lies nearer to Sweden but make no mistake – “The Pearl of the Baltic” is part of Denmark, and a prized jewel at that. The island located in the Baltic Sea has been the subject of centuries of dispute among Lubeck, Sweden and Denmark and in various times has been taken over by force. But in 1658, the people of Bornholm rose up in revolt and Sweden finally ceded the island to Denmark. And while it has suffered damages through violent epochs (especially during World War II), the island has retained its rustic natural charms and its people have seen to the preservation of some of its long-standing and impressive structures. Today, Bornholm enjoys a thriving tourism industry with holidaymakers from all over Europe flocking to the island by the hundreds of thousands especially during the summer months of July and August. It is the sunniest part of Denmark and there is plenty to see, do and enjoy – from its white sandy beaches, woodlands, fishing harbors, medieval houses and churches, quaint towns to museums and galleries.
For a small island (it has an area of approximately 230 square miles), Bornholm is replete with must-see attractions and interesting destinations. The ruins of the largest medieval fortress in Northern Europe, the Hammershus can be found here, along with the distinctive four round medieval churches which some believe to have some connection with the legendary Templar Knights. There is also the Bornholms Kunstmuseum which is home to the largest art collection in the island, the Medieval Centre of Bornholm where visitors can experience what life was like in the island during the Middle Ages. Summer is the best time to enjoy the island’s beautiful beaches: Dueodde, Balka, Antoinette and Hullehavn.