Alte Strandvogtei : Our Bornholm Base

Arriving Ronne

Arriving at Rønne : Bornholm’s capital

It’s about a three hour sailing from the port near Sassnitz on Rügen to the Baltic island of Bornholm which is part of Denmark. I was very intrigued to visit and very pleased when QB suggested we add a stay there to our itinerary.


From the port it was a short drive over to the opposite coast and our self-catering apartment a couple of miles up the coast from Gudhjem.

In the past, the Strandvogt [coastguard] used to guard the coast, agriculture and fishing. Today you will find our small holiday home: the ALTE STRANDVOGTEI or in the Danish language “Den Gamle Strandfoged Gård.

The Alte Strandvogtei is home to seven apartments for 1-5 persons. It is located directly on the coast, on a 20,000 m² site, amidst the wild-romantic nature of Nordbornholms, close to the picturesque fishing village Gudhjem and the majestic “Helligdommenklippen”.



Watch the colouring of sun, clouds and sea! Listen to the roar of the surf, the roar of the waves, rolling the pebbles on the beach! Experience the sunrise over the sea!
On the horizon, freighters and cruise ships pass by and white sails glide past your living room windows.


Particularly attractive is the location of the “Alte Strandvogtei” for sports enthusiasts: on foot you can reach the fishing paradise of the SALENE-BAY in a few minutes.

Sanctuary cliffs sign


In addition, the Alte Strandvogtei is an ideal starting point for hiking along the cliff and starting point for cycling through meadows, forests and fields or over the old Bornholm railway line from Rø over Klemensker to Rønne!

BKM map

The map shows the Helligdomsklippen [Sanctuary Cliffs]


Each of the apartments has a terrace or a seating area with sea view. A large Liegewiese by the sea with beach baskets and loungers invites you to sunbathe and stay with a fantastic sea view.

Gudhjem is about 40 minutes walk away. The public bus stops on the coast road, which is about 150m away. You can just leave your car here.


The Old Strandvogtei is home to the Dine’s Lille Maritime Café, which has a sea side terrace and a cozy fireplace, where the Bornholmer fairytale festival takes place annually from mid-June to mid-September.”

beach view

The beach near our place with Gudjhem disappearing in the evening mist

The above description is based on the Home page of the Alte Strandvogtei website. Unfortunately, the weather was not always warm and sunny so we didn’t enjoy so much the terrace outside our flat and also we spent each of our three precious days out and about exploring the island.

Above : The Art Museum (left) from the cliff path (right)

The evening of our arrival we walked northwards along the cliff path to the nearby Bornholm Art Museum, via the Helligdomsklipperne cliff formation, and on two other evenings we ventured along the path that runs between Alte Strandvogtei and Gudhjem. We passed a wonderful stone circle on the cliff just a short distance from the village and on the last evening watched the sunset from here.


One comment on “Alte Strandvogtei : Our Bornholm Base

  1. […] mentioned previously The Bornholm Art Museum was just a couple cliff miles from our digs on the Bornholm coast. We […]

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