The Nordic Nomad

Bornholm, Denmark

48 hours in Bornholm

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Where to stay, eat, shop and play in Bornholm

Embarking on 48 hours on Bornholm, Denmark’s sunniest isle, demands an ambitious itinerary. Fear not, the island’s compact nature means short distances between its treasures: from the medieval round churches of Nexø to the avant-garde art at Grønbechs Gård. Did you know Bornholm clocks more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Denmark? Cities like Rønne and Svaneke are bursting with culture, while artisanal glassworks, ancient echoes of Hammershus fortress and unparalleled gastronomy await. So while we’ve packed in the best, remember to cherry-pick spots based on your unique passions. Dive into our razor-sharp 48-hour guide and tailor Bornholm’s finest to your fancy.

Day 01

Nordlandet Allinge Bornholm Denmark hotel stay
Nordlandet Allinge Bornholm Denmark hotel stay

15.00

It’s check-in time

On the rugged edge of Bornholm’s northern frontier, Hotel Nordlandet asserts its presence, not as a mere hotel, but as an emblem of raw, elemental beauty. Here, the relentless Baltic Sea clashes with defiant cliffs, crafting an exhilarating visual masterpiece. It’s the sanctuary for Copenhagen’s chicest pairs and global aficionados, masterfully balancing nature’s wild drama with a sharp, Scandinavian design finesse. As guests step into its realm, they’re greeted by a realm of modern elegance punctuated by the bold, untamed whispers of the Baltic.

Looking for other accommodation options? Read the full article on Bornholm’s best luxury and boutique hotels.

Hotel Nordlandet
Strandvejen 68
Allinge
Bornholm
Denmark

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Nordlandet and The Nordic Nomad

17.00

It’s wine o’clock

Allinge Harbour has a new jewel: Terrassen. With its stunning waterside views, it’s where Bornholm’s breezy ambience meets sophisticated sips. Helmed by Bornholm-born Nicki Vilhelm Nielsen, Terrassen serves up an array of traditional wines, their dry whites being the toast of summer. While the wine list is impressive, the culinary offerings – think oysters and charcuterie – enhance the experience. And if a particular wine catches your fancy, there’s the option to take a bottle or two home. With every glass poured and plate served, Vilhelm Nielsen’s passion and expertise are evident, making Terrassen the go-to spot for both locals and travellers alike.

Another Bornholm wine bar to try is Provianten i Gudhjem.

Terrassen
Høiers Gaard 7
Allinge
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Terrassen

Det Røde Pakhus Rønne Bornholm Denmark restaurant
Det Røde Pakhus Rønne Bornholm Denmark restaurant

19.00

Dinner decadence

Venture from the coastal serenity of Allinge to Rønne’s vibrant heart. Det Røde Pakhus, managed by the discerning duo, Daniel Kruse and Troels Madsen, invites you to an evening where imagination meets plate. Located in the heart of Bornholm’s capital, this modern, wood-accented eatery resonates with a passion for pristine produce. The dishes, a testament to local ingredients, are artfully assembled, offering an edible journey beyond the ordinary. As the evening deepens, anticipate an evolving menu, as Kruse and Madsen ensure each season graces their offerings. And to cap off? Their desserts don’t just sing; they perform an encore.

For more eateries, read the full article on Bornholm’s best restaurants

Det Røde Pakhus
Snellemark 30
Rønne
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Det Røde Pakhus

Day 02

5.00

Chase dawn at Hammershus

As dawn’s first light teases the horizon, there’s no stage grander than Hammershus. Bornholm’s historic fortress seems to rise with the sun, its ancient stones bathed in an ethereal gold. But the spectacle doesn’t stop at the castle walls. The daybreak dance reflects off Opal Lake, turning it into a shimmering mirror of the sky. Nearby, Hammerknuden’s trails challenge you with whispered promises of vistas that early risers claim as their reward. Finish your dawn pilgrimage at Hammerhavn; as it greets the day, it’s as if the harbour knows secrets that the rest of the world has yet to wake up to.

Photography courtesy of Daniel Villadsen

Brødre Bageri Tejn Bornholm Denmark bakery breakfast
Brødre Bageri Tejn Bornholm Denmark bakery breakfast

8.00

Brødre’s morning grub

After the ethereal moments of a Hammershus sunrise, the small village of Tejn beckons with another sensory awakening. At Brødre Bageri, the young dynamism of Bertram No and Sixten Ravn is palpable. Originating from Copenhagen’s baking elite, this duo didn’t just revive an old bakery; they instilled a new heartbeat. The morning air thickens with the aromas of impeccably baked bread, rich coffee and delectable pastries. Quality here isn’t just a promise; it’s a principle. Every bite speaks of revered ingredients and craftsmanship. So, whether you’re lured by the crusty embrace of a fresh loaf or the sweet allure of pastries, Brødre ensures Tejn’s mornings are unforgettable.

Brødre
Nordre Strandvej 57
Tejn
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Brødre

Bornholm Denmark design travel guide
Svaneke Water Tower Bornholm Denmark

9.00

Cool coastal revelations

Embark on a scintillating journey down Bornholm’s mesmerising east coast. Let the drama unfold at Helligdomsklipperne, where nature’s artistry astonishes. Glide into Gudhjem and get intoxicated by its artisan workshops, chic boutiques and quaint cafés that promise more than just a caffeine hit. Pause at Melsted, where the historical badehotel whispers tales from yesteryears. Awe at the age-old majesty of Østerlars Round Church, standing tall amid nature’s embrace. Dive into Listed’s coastal charisma before culminating your odyssey in Svaneke. This town’s cool spots resonate with innovation and nostalgia, side by side.
Svaneke Røgeri Bornholm Denmark restaurant fish smokery

13.00

A smokin’ lunch

On Bornholm, the røgeri is a cherished tradition, epitomising the island’s authentic taste. At its heart, a røgeri is a smokehouse, dedicated to the intricate art of smoking fish, infusing it with a unique flavour that’s unparalleled. So how do you spot one? Keep an eye out for the distinctively robust chimneys, standing like culinary lighthouses, guiding you to a taste sensation. Svaneke Røgeri stands a cut above. It’s not merely about their artisanal smoking technique, handed down generations, but the dishes they craft. Our top picks? The impeccably smoked shrimp, hearty cod fishcakes, sumptuous salmon and the mackerel that dances with flavour.

For other røgeri smokehouses, try Nordbornholms Røgeri in Allinge, Røgeri Aarsdale Smokehouse & Bistro, Gudhjem Røgeri in Gudhjem or Hasle Røgeri in Hasle.

Svaneke Røgeri
Fiskergade 12
Svaneke
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Svaneke Røgeri and The Nordic Nomad

Matter House of Craft Nexø Bornholm Denmark ceramics retail shop
Matter House of Craft Nexø Bornholm Denmark ceramics retail shop

14.00

Craftsmanship that matters

Matter House of Craft stands prominently along Nexø’s harbourfront, marking a modern chapter in the world of craftsmanship. This establishment is the brainchild of glass-blower Maj-Britt Zelmer Olsen and ceramic artist Sarah Oakman. Inside, the atmosphere buzzes with contemporary artistry. Zelmer Olsen showcases her expertise, transforming clear glass with unique elements like volcanic ash, while Oakman’s ceramic designs captivate with their intricate details. More than just a retail space, Matter is a testament to the evolution of craft, where every piece tells a story of dedication and passion.

Other Nexø retail experiences that we love are Gutemensch, Achtung, Skuret, Sommernips og Spindelvæv and Bornholms Keramikfabrik.

Matter
Nordre Strandvej 2
Nexø
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Matter

Coffee Creative Nexø Bornholm Denmark coffee café
Coffee Creative Nexø Bornholm Denmark coffee café

15.00

Bornholm’s brew exception

While a stellar coffee can be elusive on Bornholm, Coffee Creative in Nexø’s harbour breaks the mould. Set within a contemporary production facility, this coffee bar exudes an industrial flair, making it stand out in both style and substance. Here, coffee isn’t just brewed; it’s crafted to perfection, ready to be relished amid the raw aesthetics of a revamped fish auction hall or by the quay, with the Baltic’s waves setting the rhythm. Their menu extends to Bornholm juices, organic teas from Emeyu, and indulgent pastries. And come summer, there’s a treat of ice creams from Bornholms Ismejeri. Coffee Creative is where Bornholm’s coffee quest culminates.

Another spot for good coffee is Kaffebaren in Rønne.

Coffee Creative
Sdr Hammer 14
Nexø
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Coffee Creative

16.00

Beach-hoppin’ in southern Bornholm

Southern Bornholm is a beach lover’s paradise. Start at Dueodde, where the sand is so fine it once filled hourglasses. This expansive beach boasts crystal-clear waters, making it a top pick for families and sunbathers. For a lively vibe, Balka beach is the spot, with its shimmering waters and buzzing atmosphere. Boderne offers a more tranquil setting, perfect for those seeking a quiet escape. And if you’re in the mood for a bit of exploration, Arnager’s coastal charm won’t disappoint. Each beach in southern Bornholm offers a unique experience, ensuring every beach enthusiast finds their perfect sandy haven.
Kadeau Bornholm Aakirkeby Denmark restaurant
Kadeau Bornholm Aakirkeby Denmark restaurant

19.00

Beach shack gourmet

Kadeau Bornholm defies expectations. At first glance, it’s a humble beach shack, but within its walls, Michelin-starred magic unfolds. Helmed by the visionary chef, the kitchen transforms Bornholm’s bounty into culinary masterpieces. The setting is relaxed to the core; don’t be surprised to find diners fresh from a Baltic dip, flip-flops and all, savouring gourmet dishes. The juxtaposition is striking: world-class cuisine served in an unpretentious, sandy-floored setting. With the Baltic as its backdrop, Kadeau is a sensory celebration of Bornholm’s essence, where the line between gourmet dining and beachside relaxation blurs beautifully.

For more eateries, read the full article on Bornholm’s best restaurants

Kadeau Bornholm
Baunevej 18
Tejn
Aakirkeby
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Kadeau Bornholm

Day 03

Torvehal Bornholm Rønne Bornholm café coffee roaster food hall
Torvehal Bornholm Rønne Bornholm café coffee roaster food hall

9.00

Rise, dine and shine

At Torvehal Bornholm in Rønne, mornings are transformed into culinary adventures. Located in a quiet residential part of town, this revitalised old butchery boasts an in-house coffee roastery, ensuring every day starts with an aromatic kick. The food hall, brimming with breakfast delights from artisanal breads to locally-sourced cheeses, invites lingering and indulgence. And for those keen on capturing Bornholm’s culinary essence, the food hall is a haven for gastronomic souvenirs. Dive into a breakfast experience that’s as vibrant and flavourful as Bornholm itself.

Torvehal Bornholm
Gartnervangen 6
Rønne
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Semko Balcerski

10.00

Explore Bornholm’s craft epicentre

Bornholm’s Center for Crafts at Grønbechs Gård is the pulsating heart of the island’s revered crafts scene. This space embodies the reason Bornholm proudly carries the title of ’World Craft Region’. Beyond its deep-rooted heritage of craftsmanship, it’s the avant-garde artisans, innovating in ceramics, glass, textiles and more, that amplify this accolade. As the premier European spot and the inaugural island on a global scale to clinch this honour, Bornholm stands tall as a beacon of unmatched artistry. From captivating museum exhibits to international educational forays, Grønbechs Gård offers a deep dive into Bornholm’s global craft stature.

Read the article on Bornholm’s Center for Crafts.

Bornholm’s Center for Crafts
Grønbechs Gård 4
Hasle
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Bornholm’s Center for Crafts

Hjorts Fabrik Rønne Borholm Denmark ceramics shop

11.00

Find Rønne’s craft pulse

Stride into Rønne and feel the rhythmic heartbeat of a city deeply rooted in craft. At the forefront is Hjorts Fabrik, a workshop where every ceramic piece is a blend of meticulous skill and fervent passion. This isn’t about mass production; it’s about artistry, where each creation tells a tale of Bornholm’s rich craft lineage. As you explore Rønne’s artisanal landscape, you’ll witness the dedication of craftsmen who, with every stroke and mould, are shaping the future while honouring the past. It’s a journey through a city where craft is not just a profession, but a profound expression of identity.

Other Rønne ceramists to check out are Eva Brandt, Mie Mølgaard and Hejfabrik.

Hjorts Fabrik
Krystalgade 5
Rønne
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of The Nordic Nomad

Râzapâz Rønne Bornholm Denmark restaurant
Râzapâz Rønne Bornholm Denmark restaurant

13.00

The last meal

Ending your trip with lunch at Râzapâz in Rønne is the epitome of a grand finale. Beyond its bright yellow facade lies an ambience that perfectly encapsulates Bornholm’s blend of tradition and modernity. With Patrick Hult at the helm, whose culinary prowess was sharpened at Noma, every dish served is a testament to the island’s rich gastronomic heritage, yet with a contemporary twist. The unique wine wall experience, where selections are tailored to individual tastes, offers a personalized touch that’s hard to find elsewhere. A meal at Râzapâz ensures you leave the island with a lasting impression, making it the ideal concluding chapter to your Bornholm adventure.

For more eateries, read the full article on Bornholm’s best restaurants

Râzapâz
Store Torvegade 29
Rønne
Bornholm
Denmark

Photography courtesy of The Nordic Nomad

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