Gudhjem

The town of Gudhjem is located in the north of the island of Bornholm. The city was built on granite rock, which through its hills gives the city a "mountain character". Gudhjem has two ports, it is the first fishing village on Bornholm, which began to export and smoke herring. The traditional dish "Sun over Gudhjem" is a smoked herring with onion, egg and radish served on a slice of rye bread.

From the top of the mountain (50 m a.s.l.) there is a view of the flowering gardens, white smokehouse chimneys, orange roofs of houses and the huge windmill over the town. On the horizon under a cloudless sky you can see the Ertholmene archipelago.

These views mean that many artists live in Gudhjem, who exhibit their works in local galleries. Gudhjem is a typical tourist town. You can listen to live music here, there are also many restaurants, shops, a cinema, an indoor swimming pool and galleries. You can also admire the craft art in museums or take part in metallurgical workshops. Around Gudhjem there are interesting hiking trails, including a route running along the streets of the village. A charming town, full of climate nooks, attracts crowds of tourists every year.

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panorama Gudhjem
młyn w Gudhjem
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History of the city of Gudhjem

The settlement, which was founded in the Middle Ages, quickly developed and became one of the most important trade points on Bornholm. Merchants from Hansa came to the island, to Gudhjem above all for herring. In the 17th century, the population of the city was almost extinct at first as a result of the plague, but then Danish war refugees came here, driven by Swedish troops from Sweden terytory.

The construction of a Danish military fortress on the nearby rocks (island) named Christiansø helped the city in its development. In exchange for the right to live in Gudhjem, the displaced persons were to supply the fortress with necessary goods.

The first large smokehouse was created in Gudhjem and it was in the 19th century - since then certainly much has changed, but not the recipe by which the fish is prepared - this is used today. In Gudhjem in 1872, with great difficulty blowing up rocks on the shore, a large port was built. The port was later enlarged many times, equipped with a gate that closes during storms on the Baltic Sea.

In 1902, a second port was built, which serves fishing boats and smaller vessels regardless of the weather. Gudhjem, like other cities, received a train connection - it was created in 1916 and thanks to it it was possible to get by rail to Rønne, Nexø and Aakirkeby. The merger operated until 1952.

What to see in Gudhjem

A windmill of the Dutch type - is the largest windmill in Denmark, dating from 1893, serving as a mill until 1962 - it created a cozy restaurant where you can taste Bornholm specialties. The Gudhjem windmill (Gudhjem Mølle) is located at the top of the village of Gudhjem.

Gudhjem Røgeri - a smokehouse, in which, in addition to the flagship dish, i.e. smoked herring, you should also try herring in curry, mackerel fillets with various additions and other fish delicacies, and all this is displayed on a table called the fish buffet (Fiskebuffet)

Glasrøgeri - an artistic glassworks - you can see how glass trinkets are made, you can also buy glassware as souvenirs from your stay in the shop.

Karamel Kompagniet - caramel factory, another workshop in which, in addition to watching the process of caramel formation, you can also buy them.

Gudhjem Station (Stationsvej) - a former railway station building - houses a museum that exhibits works made by Bornholm craftsmen. You can see objects made of leather, glass.

Christiansø - tourist cruise to the island. Every morning at 10.00, when the boat is sailing towards Christianso, you can listen to live music at the port of Gudhjem. It is the locals who meet each morning and sing a few songs, wishing the boat a safe journey.

Wiatrak w Gudhjem

Wiatrak w Gudhjem

Glasrøgeri

Glasrøgeri

Karamel Kompagniet

Wytwórnia karmelków

Gudhjem Station

Gudhjem Station

Attractions in the Gudhjem area

Østerlars - is a place where the largest rotunda church on the island of Bornholm is located. Østerlars kirke consists of three floors and was initially used as a defensive structure. Inside, you can see wall paintings, a Renaissance-style altar, and a stone baptismal font. Entrance to the church is paid. The church often organizes concerts of organ music, but also violin concerts.

How to get there

The town is located around 7 km from Gudhjem

Rønne - Gudhjem bicycle route

Baltic Sea Glass - situated in the beautiful scenery, artistic glassworks - the largest on the island - in which the entire process of creating glass objects can be traced. The glass products made in the studio can be bought in the shop.

How to get there

Allinge - Svaneke cycling route

Melsted Agricultural Museum - the charming coastal town of Melsted, where the Agricultural Museum - Landbrugsmuseet is located. This is an open-air museum, where you can see farm and residential buildings, agricultural machinery, as well as take part in organized activities, including preparation of fruit juices, the harvest, etc.

How to get there

Allinge - Svaneke cycling route

The Bornholm Center of the Middle Ages - is located about half a kilometer from the church Østerlars kirke. It is an attraction mainly for children who, entering a medieval castle, get to know the lives of its inhabitants. In the summer season, a Medieval Fair takes place in the center.

How to get there

Rønne - Gudhjem bicycle route

Helligdomsklipperne - Holy Rocks Heligdommen - rock formations, belong to the most picturesque part of Bornholm's coast. Helligdomsklipperne is best viewed from the tourist boat M/S Thor that leaves Gudhjem. During the cruise, you can admire the caves hidden in the rocks and the picturesque rock formations of the waterfront, including Tørre Ovn (Dry Stove), Våde Ovn (Wet Stove), Lyseklippen (Shining Rock). Rock formations can also be reached on foot - the path is behind the building of the Bornholm Museum (Bornholms Kunstmuseum). On site you can see, among others rock cave 55 m deep - Sorte Gryde (Black Cauldron).

How to get there

Rønne - Helligdommen or Allinge - Svaneke cycling route

Saltuna - here is the family gallery Hvide Hus, where you can buy interesting souvenirs from Bornholm, as well as in the picturesque garden to drink coffee or spend time outdoors.

How to get there

Allinge - Svaneke cycling route

Døndalefaldet Waterfall - Døndalen is a crevice valley with the largest Døndalefaldet waterfall flowing over rocks in Denmark. Its charm can be admired only after a period of increased rainfall, because then it is really impressive. When it is dry, the waterfall turns into a trickle of water, which is due to the low level of groundwater in the island.

How to get there

The Døndalen Valley is located around 6 km northwest of Gudhjem, near Rø

Rønne - Helligdommen or Allinge - Svaneke cycling route

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