Allinge-Sandvig

Allinge - a lively resort

Allinges charming old houses and streets, which have been blasted into the granite, are pictur-esquely placed on the rocks around the harbour. Today Allinge is a lively holiday resort and an important commercial centre for North Bornholm. A lovely urban area has sprung up between Kirkepladsen, Lindeplads and the harbour. Here you will find many shops, cafes, restaurants, a smokehouse and plenty of summer-markets.





Allinge Harbour

Allinge Harbour is frequently visited by yachts. Allinges pilot boat, which offers aid to many of the large ships passing through Hammer waters, resides in the northern basin of the harbour when not at sea.

Coastal path to Sandkås and Løsebækstranden

Allinge originally consisted of a number of small farms placed along the coast. Later came the trading houses which you can still see on a walk along Løsebækgade. From Løsebækgade you will discover an adventurous coastal path that winds up and down through the craggy rocks from Allinge towards Sandkås. At the foot of the path is Løsebækstranden - a nice little sandy beach that is a haven for Allinge children on warm summer days. The painter Olaf Rudes (1886-1957) first studio was in a small house near the beach at Løsebækstranden. Many of his paintings depict Allinge village and the local countryside.

Allinge Kirke

Allinge Church on Kirkepladsen dates from the 1500s, where it is referred to as a chapel, but today it is the result of many alterations. The churchs’ nave was beautifully restored in 1992.

Kampeløkke Harbour

Local anglers keep their small fishing boats at Kampeløkke Harbour. Kampeløkke Harbour is tucked away just north of the larger Allinge Harbour. The dinghy Harbour is from 1968 and expanded with an extra basin in 1977. Bornholm has an age old tradition of catching their own fish and this also applies to the children of Allinge, who frequently use the small fishing dinghies at Kampeløkke Harbour.

Madsebakke Ancient rock carvings, petroglyphs

TheAllinge-Sandvig area has attracted people from prehistoric times! Between the two villages lies Madsebakke with the largest petroglyph field in Denmark. Here chiseled into the granite you can see ancient symbols of the sun, ships and animals. These rock carvings were made during the Bronze Age (1800BC to 500 BC.)

Sandvig

Along Havnegade and Strandvejen, Allinge and Sandvig have almost merged. The bicycle path, where the railway line used to be, also connects the two villages. In Sandvig, you are close to the top of Bornholm, Hammerknuden, where massive granite rock reaches down into the sea. Between Hammerknuden and the old fishing village lies the lovely sandy cove of Sandvig beach.

Sandvigs relaxing atmosphere

Enjoy the quiet ambience of Sandvig harbours little fishing environment, with a view to the bay and Hammerknuden. Sandvig's hotels, the old town, the beach and the rocks around it may well, on warm summer evenings, remind you of small towns in the Mediterranean. There are a number of restaurants and cafes to choose from in the old Sandvig, several of them in-corporated into the towns fine old houses. If you want to stay in a tent, you will find a good campsite just behind the beach, and overlooking the bay. The hostel is located on your way to Hammershus.

Hammerknuden

A walk around Hammerknuden is a must! Stroll between the rounded weather beaten rocks, take in the fragrance of heather and juniper, feel the wind from the sea - and listen to the sounds from the swelling waves, as they roll against the awesome cliffs. Blackthorn, rose and other small scrubs and bushes can be found in the rocky valleys, these provide shelter for sheep and goats, that help to keep the vegetation down. High on Hammerknuden is Bornholm's oldest lighthouse, the Hammer Lighthouse that dates from1872 and is 91 meters high. Due to its height, the lighthouse can be seen if there is low hanging fog and clouds. In 1895, Hammerodde lighthouse was built on the northern tip of Hammerknuden and is still in use to this day. Hammer lighthouse is no longer in use.

Salomon's Chapel

Whist walking around Hammerknuden, you will unexpectedly stumble across a small cove and the ruins of Solomon's Chapel. The small chapel was built in the 1300s, when many people settled here to share in the Baltic herring adventure.

Hammerhavn

Just south of Hammerknuden you will find the unique natural Hammer Harbour, which originally served as a berthing place for Hammershus. The harbour was built in 1891, for ship-ping granite from the Hammer Works and functioned as such until 1974. There are only a few houses at the harbour, a small sandy beach and a boat jetty from which small boats are avail-able for an exciting sailing trip along the rocky coast below Hammershus. If the sea is calm, you are able to sail into the narrow cave, Wet Oven. Hammerhavn is currently undergoing re-building, where parts of the original harbour will be recreated, so its historical quality will be-come more visible. During the renovation, a connection between the beach and a new multi purpose house will be established The intention is to make Hammerhavn into a charming har-bour with a central location for two of the island's biggest attractions, Hammershus and Ham-merknuden.

Hammershus

Atop the steep slopes and behind the harbour, Hammershus castle rises majestically from the rocks. These castle ruins and the interesting Hammerhus exhibition is a mere 2 km from Sandvig - and it is certainly an outstanding experience. Hammershus is North Europe's largest castle ruin and Bornholm's most visited attraction. No wonder, the ruins really fire the imagination! Hammershus is believed to have been founded around 1255 by the Archbishop Jacob Erlandsen, however, parts of the castle date to around 1200.

Moseløkken Quarry Museum

At the Moseløkken Quarry Museum, you get an impression of the harsh realities of work-ing life for a Bornholmer This is a working museum where production of granite is ongoing using the old methods. The Moseløkken Quarry Museum is located just opposite the Hammer Harbour when you come down the road from Sandvig, and after a short walk through the woods.