Small and charming
Despite its modest size, Gudhjem is one of the most famous towns on Bornholm – and probably one of the most charming. The many small well-kept houses, built in levels against the steep cliff, provides Gudhjem with a very special atmosphere. As soon as the 1800s, artists flocked to the town to experience the magical ”Gudhjem light” on the horizon. One of the most famous painters, Oluf Høst, has his own museum in the town today. Here you will have excellent opportunities for seeing “the light”.
Great atmosphere on the harbour
The harbour is the centre of Gudhjem; you can experience a hum of life from the little cafes. There are daily departures to Ertholmene – the small rocky islands of ”Christiansø” and ”Frederiksø”, east of Bornholm. In the beginning of the 1800s, the islands played a central part in the grand politics between Sweden, England, Russia, and Denmark. The English would bomb the islands on several occasions, while Danish soldiers stood fast, and kept the islands under Danish rule. Visit Ertholmene, which is almost like going 200 years back in time.
Another interesting outing, is a boat trip on M/S Thor, which sails from Gudhjem and down the coast to the beautiful rock formation ”Helligdomsklipperne”, located directly beneath Bornholm’s Art Museum. Before returning to Gudhjem with M/S Thor, use the opportunity to explore the museum, with its impressive collection of local art. Take a later boat back to Gudhjem, or enjoy the beautiful walk back along the coastal path.
Life in the 1950s
When you return to Gudhjem, do visit the small fishing village of Melsted, which can be found in connection to Gudhjem. Admire the small and charming timber framed houses, and visit the beautiful sandy beach. The waters are clean and clear. Up for a swim? Or perhaps you feel more like visiting the working agricultural museum of ”Melstedgaard”, where you can smell, feel and try your hand, at life on a Danish farm in 1950. At Melstedgaard, you will also find gourmet Bornholm’s ”Gaarden”, which acts as a kind of food embassy for local produce and products.
Picnic on top of Gudhjem
Finish the day with a picnic on top of Gudhjem. Feel the heat radiating off the rocks. Enjoy the view. Gudhjem is a town full of atmosphere, adventure, and beautiful nature.
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