"Christiansø in the Baltic sea" Christiansø by OH_DK

Christiansø Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 56 photos

Harbour of Christiansø

When visiting Bornholm you can reach Christiansø with a regular boat from Allinge, Gudhjem and Svaneke. It is a tiny rock island (only 0.22 sq. km) and the most eastern point of Denmark. It is located 50 minuttes by boat north-east of Bornholm. Many people choose to go there in their own sailboat.
I was there in the summer 2006 during the heatwave with a friend of mine - it was like visiting a tropical island!

Christiansø since 1684
In the year 1684 the Danish King Christian 5th decided to build a bastion on the small rock islands. He started to built Storetårn, Lilletårn, the main houses and the big wall around the islands. Suddenly more than 450 men were living on the islands.
You can read more about the islands on the Christiansø homepage in Danish.
Here's the link: Christiansø page

The best defended little island in Denmark

Christiansø is the biggest island of the island group called "Ertholmene" - only on Christiansø and Frederiksø people are living. The island Græsholmen is only inhabited by tousands of sea birds, and it's not alowed to go there.
These islands used to be owned by the military and had big importance to the Danish navy because of its very good natural harbour. Today about 100 people is living on the two biggest islands. It's like a living museum - but at the same time the few locals are trying to live a "normal" life - so please be respectful if you visit.
I saw Christiansø first time on a trip with my primary school, and among the ~100 locals my father had 2 cousins living there that I visited. Since then I was there 4 times.

The cannons in Lilletårn (Little tower)

Lilletårn that you find on Frederiksø is a little museum where you can find a lot of exibits from the old days - they have a lot off weapons and old medical instruments.
On 24 Oktober 1808 the English navy bombarded Christiansø. The distance was too big for the island to answer the fire, but during the 5 hours of fire the weather changed to stronger wind and the ships came more close to land. When Christiansø then answerd the fire the English ships decided to disappear.

If you want to see more photos from the islands then have a look at my travelogues

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You can see it all in a few hours, no cars, friendly locals
  • Cons:Thousands of screaming sea gulls, only few arrivals by regular boat,
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful little island with a lot of history
  • Last visit to Christiansø: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 5, 2016
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