Hammershus

Hammershus, situated on the northern tip of Bornholm (called Hammeren), is Northern Europe’s largest medieval castle/fortification. The ruins are situated 74 meters (243 ft) above the Baltic Sea. Historians think the castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century as a royal residence for Vlademar II of Denmark and a base for the Danish crusades.

The fortification consists of the base castle residence and accompanying Mantel Tower, and includes a great stonewall stretching 750 metres (2,460 ft) around the castle grounds.

 Hammershus has a long history of power struggles, taken by Lübeck in 1521, Sweden in 1648, and recaptured by Denmark that same year. In addition to power struggles, Hammershus also served as a prison on several occasions. Hammeren, one of the highest points on Bornholm, offers stunning views of the Baltic Sea.

After your tour, stop in the cafe for locally made Bornholm soft ice! Also, entry into Hammershus is free.