Gudhjem is not the sleepy village it was twenty years ago. The grain storage building is gone now and the harbor area has a few more restaurants. The large open surface where fishermen used to repair their nets has not changed much. I can imagine my grandfather there as a boy, helping his father bring in the catch and carting it home, ready for the family women and elders to smoke the herring the next day. The Gudhjem train station history and art museum is absolutely precious. The modern art museum just north of Gudhjem is another local treasure. I love the architecture, the simplicity of the long building as it steps its way down the slope to the sea, with a trickle of water running from floor to floor and down each stairway. How wonderful it must be to sail from Sweden to Gudhjem, tie up in the harbor, and adjourn for a pleasant lunch with wine before turning in for the night. I liked the thought of walking on cobblestone streets my grandfather walked on as a boy, and now my son has walked there, too.
Gudhjem is a town in Denmark. It is located on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. The town is tiny, with a population of about 700 people. Fishing and tourism are the main sources of life in Gudhjem. You will probably be interested in visiting here if you love quaint towns with great views and friendly locals.
You can typically book a hostel within the town itself if you inquire early. There are very few hostels around, so make sure you look around to find a good deal. For the most part, hostel rates are affordable and the places are clean and run by friendly, welcoming townsfolk.
One of the top places to visit in Gudhjem is the Osterlars Rundkirke, a church that was built in the middle of the 1100s. It served as both a religious site and a shelter from invasion back in the day. Today, you can see paintings from the 14th century, runestones that are over 1000 years old, and more ancient carvings. Around the church lies an old cemetery. While you do have to pay a small fee to enter and view the cemetery, it is very affordable.
If you like crafts, Baltic Sea Glass is a must-see destination in the town. This company is famous for its blown glass artifacts. Walk inside and get an in-depth look into how glass is made. There are working furnaces and blowers inside. While the items are quite pricey, seeing the process is a worthwhile experience.
A great activity to engage in when you want a relaxing day is to buy ice cream near the harbor and take a walk along the waterfront. The harbor was built in the 1800s, although the ferry service that departs from the port has been in business since the 17th century. The shops along the water’s edge are staffed by friendly locals and are usually very affordable.
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