In the second half of August 2021 we will take the cruise ship VASCO DA GAMA a cruise in the Baltic Sea region. On a Sunday, the Danish island of Bornholm is our destination for the day. The ship is in the port of Rønne for 14 hours. We use the long stay to see the south of the 588 square kilometer island as part of a guided tour in the morning. In the afternoon we visit the island's capital Rønne on our own.
A lot of time has passed since our last stay on Bornholm. We look forward to reliving a small part of the island. The bus tour takes you to Dueodde Beach and Svaneke. Unfortunately, destinations along the way are not visited.
Bornholm - the Nylars round church
Bornholm - the dunes of Dueodde
The Nylars Round Church
Halfway between Rønne and Aakirkeby is Nylars kirke, the smallest of Bornholm's four round churches. There is a service at the time of our arrival. It is understandable that we are not allowed into the church as a tour group. Unfortunately we are not allowed to get off the bus to at least see the outside of the church.
Bornholm - Round Church by Nylars
Vingården Lille Gadegård
The next destination is the beach paradise Dueodde. Before the bus reaches the forest car park at Dueodde, it passes Vingården Lille Gadegård. Denmark has been an EU recognized wine country since 2000. In Europe's northernmost wine region, 90 to 100 winemakers in Jutland, Funen, Zealand and Bornholm grow quality wines commercially. Bornholm's wine-growing region is located in the village of Pedersker. Red and white wines have been cultivated on almost four hectares since 2000. The wines are bottled with crown caps. We are on Bornholm! In addition to wine, brandy and whiskey are made. In addition, a restaurant offers good country house cuisine.
Bornholm - Vingården Lille Gadegård
Bornholm - Vingården Lille Gadegård
Dueodde - Bornholm's finest sand
European tourists love the southeastern tip of Bornholm. Several campsites and holiday home areas offer beach hikers and water rats a refuge. Dueodde is popular because of its protected and unstoppable coastal dunes. Beach grass and pines were planted for the first time in the 19th century to limit growth. The sand in the dune landscape is extremely fine. Legend has it that Napoleon had Dueodde's sand come for an hourglass.
From the parking lot, a wooden walkway leads several hundred meters through the extensive dune landscape to the beach. We see the 48 meter high lighthouse and Bornholmertårnet, which was completed in 1986. The tower, which is more than 70 meters high, was used by NATO as a listening device for the Eastern Bloc countries during the “Cold War”.
If we had more time, we would take the elevator to the observation deck of Bornholmertårnet to enjoy the view. We would also see the cannon positions set up by the German Wehrmacht near the tower. But there is not enough time for both. The bus continues to Svaneke.
Bornholm - Bornholmertårnet
Bornholm - cannon position at Bornholmertårnet
Svaneke - the most beautiful place on the island
Svaneke is considered to be the most beautiful and best preserved place on the island. As for that, we don't want to judge, there are many small towns on Bornholm that are well worth seeing. We don't know which one to prefer. The decisive factor for Svaneke is that the place was voted the most beautiful small town in Denmark in 2013.
The stay is one hour. We take the opportunity to discover the place on our own. We start at the man-made harbor. In order to create berths for fishing boats, the harbor basin was blasted into the granite rocks. Guest sailors who appreciate the advantages of the coastal town come to the fishing boats.
Bornholm - Svaneke harbor
From the harbor we go up Brænderigænget to Svaneke Torv. The cozy triangular market square is surrounded by restaurants and shops.
Our path then leads up to the red painted Svaneke kirke. The Lutheran church is on a hill above the village. Over the centuries, an almost square chapel has grown into a handsome church with a massive church tower. The cemetery is attached to the church. Unfortunately the church is closed, we would have liked to see it from the inside.
Bornholm - Svaneke's Church
Bornholm - Svaneke's Church
Back at the harbor there is enough time to watch the yacht owners and to get an impression of the three-masted barque Svanen. With a length of 180 feet, the Svanen was the largest wooden ship built on Bornholm. Today no more than a few frames of the bow remind of this technical achievement.
Svaneke - Fragments of the three-masted barque Svanen
We leave Svaneke and drive back to the ship through the Almindingen forest. There we take a break and then take the shuttle bus to Rønne. The way to the city center is not long, as it leads through the usual dreary port area, the free bus ride is definitely recommended. After a few minutes' drive, the buses stop at Munch Petersens Vej below Sankt Nicolai Kirke.
As a reminder: We visit the small town with 11.000 inhabitants on a Sunday. At first glance, the place appears quiet and calm. It looks completely different on working days: market days are held, shops and service providers wait for customers, cafes and restaurants are open.
Rønne - Sankt Nicolai Church
The Sankt Nicolai Kirke is locked, we would have liked to see it from the inside. We follow Østergade to Bornholms Teater. Anyone who, like us, makes the effort to gain information about the theater, which looks inconspicuous from the outside, will be amazed at the space available and the extensive program.
Rønne - Østergade with the Zion Church
Rønne -Bornholms Teater in Østergade
Our next destination is Lille Torv with the old post office and a few shops. We walk through Torvegade to Store Torv, the market square. The long square is lined with shops of all kinds, banks and service companies. Halfway there is a fountain surrounded by trees. At the head of the square is a representative brick building, the ground floor of which is used by a café.
We pass the café and follow the Torvegade store. The street is a pedestrian zone and offers nice shops and everything your heart desires. We leave the business district and walk through Rønne's old town down to the coastal road; our destination is Nørrekås marina and the small, popular Nørrekås beach. First there was the marina; Over the years, the tides gradually washed up so much sand that a small stretch of beach overgrown with beach grass was created behind a breakwater. There is even a bathing jetty.
Rønne - the Nørrekås marina
Rønne - Nørrekås beach
The way back to the shuttle bus stop leads through the old town again. We enjoy the cozy looking cityscape with the cobblestones and the small, colorful half-timbered houses. We look into green gardens with fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. A beekeeper offers honey. In many of the windows the residents have set up china, glass and knickknacks. Everything looks extremely "hyggelig", homely or cozy, as we call it.
Before we reach Sankt Nicolai Kirke again, we see the octagonal Rønne Bagfyr at Havnebakken. The lighthouse made of iron has stood above the harbor basin since 1880. The former leading light is a duplicate of the Ystad lighthouse in Sweden.