Sandvig

The tranquil town of Sandvig is located in the very north of Bornholm. Once a fishing village and a well-known granite mining area, Sandvig is now primarily famous as a tourist destination on the Danish Baltic Sea island with interesting attractions and a wide range of leisure activities. Sandvig has now grown together with the livelier neighboring town of Allinge, which is why the two idyllic holiday resorts on the Danish Baltic Sea are often mentioned in the same breath. Almost 1,600 people live in Allinge-Sandvig and tourism has been an important industry in the region since 1900.

The location of Sandvig alone inspires those looking for relaxation and active vacationers alike. The Danish holiday resort extends in the immediate vicinity of Hammerknuden (Hammeren), this is a huge granite rock, regional landmark and the northernmost point of Bornholm. Several designated routes around the striking Hammerknuden invite nature lovers and hikers to extensive and eventful tours through the breathtaking landscape. The partly demanding routes at Hammerknuden are rewarded with great views of the Bornholm nature. In addition, walkers and hikers will discover other local attractions in this area, for example the two beacons Hammerodde Fyr (also Lille Fyr) and Hammer Fyr (also Store Fyr).

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The ruins of Salomon’s chapels dating back to the 18th century or picturesque lakes such as Opalsø and Hammersø. The zip line above the picturesque Opalsø offers a spectacular holiday experience. The skilful flight over and finally into the cool water is reserved for the daring because of the quite impressive height.

Extraordinary panoramas and photo opportunities can easily be found around Sandvig and Allinge. When looking over the wonderful landscape, it is noticeable that granite and granite quarrying are characteristic of the regional natural area. Former quarries have become wonderful lakes with a diverse flora and fauna. For more than 120 years, some former quarry workers’ accommodations have shaped this fascinating area on Bornholm. Significantly older contemporary witnesses exist above Sandvig – the well-known rock carvings Madsebakke. The paintings have their origins in the Bronze Age and are considered the most extensive find of this type in all of Denmark.

In Sandvig itself there are also all kinds of attractions. There are, for example, neat half-timbered houses and elegant spa architecture to marvel at in the charming, family-friendly holiday resort on the north coast of Bornholm. As quarters, Sandvig and the surrounding area offer well-kept holiday homes, hotels, guest houses and even several campsites. In addition, the former fishing village of Sandvig has an idyllic beach for swimming and lingering. By the way, first-class gastronomy can be found very close by, so nothing stands in the way of a relaxing day at the beach in Sandvig.

Last but not least, the charming Sandvig is a perfect starting point for excursions into the beautiful surrounding area. A well-known attraction in the region is, for example, the mighty Hammershus fortress, which is enthroned on the cliffs. Of the castle complex, which was probably built before the beginning of the 12th century and served as the ecclesiastical center of power, only remnants can be visited today, but these alone are truly impressive. As the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe, Hammershus is a listed building and is a popular destination.