A lovely holiday in Sandvig
At the end of the 19th century, granite quarrying began on Bornholm. The Danish industrial prince, C.F. Tietgen, sold the area by Hotel Hammersø to the German Baron von Martens, who invested heavily in the area - and soon the granite quarries became workplaces for over a thousand people. Some of the German directors took their family and friends to Sandvig...and that was the starting point for the tourism to Bornholm. Because the wealthy Germans - and soon also Danes - fell in love with the picturesque combination of chalk-white sand and towering rocks. Ever since then, Sandvig has been one of the most sought-after resorts on Bornholm - but still with plenty of space, as large parts of the beautiful natural areas are now protected. For example, try the hike around the rock formation Hammerknuden, which has been voted Denmark's most beautiful hike. Look forward to fantastic views beyond the sea and the old granite quarries.
Medieval adventure awaits you
Hotel Hammersø is located in Sandvig, which is a small cozy town with restaurants and cafes. Just outside Sandvig lies Northern Europe's largest castle "Hammershus", which was an impregnable fortress in the Middle Ages. Here you will experience a medieval adventure. Did you know, for example, that already in the Middle Ages there was public user payment? Bornholm's executioner lived at Hammershus...and of course you paid yourself if you had to have your head chopped off...and there was always advance payment. Also hear the story of when the king's daughter Leonora Christine escaped from her dungeon on a cold winter night in 1660.
Krølle Bølle and the flying plates
Sandvig is also home to Bornholm's legendary figure, the troll Krølle Bølle. Whether it is Krølle Bølle who is at stake or not cannot be said, but in the book "Mysterious Denmark" there are many accounts of mysterious luminous objects which move at high speed across the sky near Sandvig. For example, a German tourist has seen a saucer-shaped craft fly out through a large opening in the rocks. Shortly after, several yachtsmen reported seeing a similar vessel fly up from the sea at Hammershus and continue vertically into the sky until they lost sight of it. A little less mysterious - but perhaps more serious - was that during the Cold War several times lost equipment from the Russian special forces Spetsnaz was found at Hammerknuden by Hotel Hammersø. Rumor had it that the area was used as a secret training ground, when the Russian special forces had to prove that they could operate unseen in enemy territory.
Take a boat trip from Hammerhavnen
You get slightly more down-to-earth experiences at the harbor, Hammerhavnen, where small boats take you on a trip down the coast. Seen from the water side, the rocky coast becomes even more dramatic than from the land side. As you pass below Hammershus, you will be able to vividly imagine that the castle was an impregnable fortress in the turbulent Denmark of the Middle Ages. The experiences are spiced up by stories from your boat driver - and that certainly does not make the experiences any less exciting.
Book your holiday at Hotel Hammersø by entering your desired arrival date in the booking box at the top of the page - or call us now on +45 56 95 85 66, and we'll be happy to give you great ideas for wonderful holidays on Bornholm.