ABOVE: Erichsens Gård in
Rønne. The house, built in 1807, is now a museum with traditional furnishings.
You can fly to Rønne, but the nicest way
to reach the island is by overnight ferry from Copenhagen. If you're coming from
Sweden, the ferry trip between Ystad and Rønne
will take you only 1½ to 2½
hours. For details, see the BornholmsTraffiken
link on page 4.
Where to stay
Bornholm's population is only 45,000, and it's dispersed around the island. With towns
being small and distances being short, it doesn't matter too much where you stay. (My
family and I once rented a vacation apartment on a small horse farm near Åkirkeby, in the middle of the island, and we weren't as isolated
as we'd expected; the rural surroundings were quiet, but the lights and thrills of the big
city--i.e., Rønne, with its 16,000 inhabitants--were only a short drive away.)
Accommodations vary from modern hotels to holiday apartments to beach cottages. You'll
also find youth hostels in a number of towns and villages. Just as important, public buses
make it easy to get around if you'd rather not rent a car or bicycle.
For more details on planning your vacation, see the Web links on page 4. And when you arrive in Bornholm,
head for the bookstore in downtown Rønne to buy a guidebook
and map. Look for Bornholm--the green guide, which is available in English and
has a 1:100,000 map bound into the back cover. An even better map for driving, cycling, or
hiking is Danmark Topografisk kort 1:50000 - Bornholm og Christiansø, which has
a blue cover and is published by the Geodaetisk Institut.
Sightseeing on Bornholm