Rønne is the largest town on the small rocky island of Bornholm. The Danish town offers an historical charm with its cobblestoned streets and cross-timbered houses.
With its harbour, Rønne is Bornholm's centre of trade and culture, and home to the fortress ruins of Hammerhus and the island’s distinctive round churches. Although large amounts of the town were destroyed during the war, it was rebuilt during the post war years, and many buildings look older than they actually are.
Hjorths Fabrik, the town’s ceramics museum, features a working studio and master artisans who turn clay into beautiful works of art. Bornholm’s Museum exhibits prehistoric finds including weapons, tools and jewellery. Both are fascinating highlights.
During the summer months Rønne’s vast stretches of sand to the south and north of the town, are popular destinations.
Visit the ruins of the castle and fortress, built in 1200 by the Archbishop of Lund. It was used by the island’s rulers for over 500 years, and finally abandoned in 1743. It is the largest ruin of its kind in Northern Europe. Round Churches – Denmark has seven uniquely shaped round churches, four of which are on Bornholm. The churches were built around the year 1150 and are rumoured to have been associated with the Knights Templar. The largest of the four is in Østerlars, with the others in Olsker, Nylars and Nyker.
Clock Making and Ceramic Making
Ronne and Bornholm are renowned for their clockmaking and ceramic making. The Cultural History Museum showcases Bornholm archaeological finds, the history of the island and its long tradition of grandfather clock making. Hjorths Fabrik, the 150-year-old ceramic museum and factory offers tours of the ceramic exhibition, and the opportunity to try your hand at pottery.
The little fishing village of Gudhjem – literally meaning ‘Home of God’. A quaint village of only 780 permanent residents clings to the side of a rocky bay on the northeastern side of the island. Fishing and whaling were the main sources of income but have since been replaced by tourism. Gudhjem was also the first place to start smoking and exporting herrings – a tradition that was to become the signature delicacy of the island. Step inside one of the local smoke houses to enjoy a traditional smoked herring tasting in this lovely setting. While you’re in Gudhjem, visit the Baltic Sea Glass Studio, which showcases beautiful glassware and includes a traditional glassblowing demonstration.
The 13th century fortress Hammershus is the largest medieval castle ruin in northern Europe and sits on a cliff high above the Baltic Sea. For 500 years Hammershus was
the castle for the various rulers of the island, however in 1743 Hammershus was finally abandoned as a stronghold.
Bornholm is well-known as a centre for glass blowing, with several glass blowing studios on the island, creating artwork and desirable objects. Some studios offer demonstrations or even workshops.
The little fishing village of Gudhjem - meaning ‘Home of God’ is a quaint village of only 780 permanent residents, clings to the side of a rocky bay on the northeastern side
of the island. Fishing and whaling were the main sources of income but have since been replaced by tourism. Gudhjem was also the first place to start smoking and exporting
herrings – a tradition that was to become the signature delicacy of the island. Step inside one of the local smoke houses to enjoy a traditional smoked herring tasting in this lovely setting.