Hotel Østersøen - the Setting
Svaneke: the most attractive village on Bornholm...
Svaneke is one of the few towns and villages of Europe to receive the European Gold Medal for "Excellent Town Preservation". Board the local horse-drawn tram and lean back to enjoy riding past the beautiful old half-timbered houses.
But Svaneke is more than a charming atmosphere. Svaneke is also the creative centre of Bornholm. The village has everything the heart, eyes and palate desire: glass art, paintings, pottery, designer clothing and hand-made liquorice, chocolates and sweets - not to mention the local smokehouse with its delicious fish delicacies or Svaneke Bryghus with its award-winning beer.
On weekly market days it is possible to strike a bargain with one of the local sellers.
Tourists are not the only ones fond of Svaneke. The village also has the highest house prices on Bornholm. And not just local inhabitants already residing on Bornholm move here. Many tourists forget all about their return ticket back to "Denmark" once they've encountered Svaneke.