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Experience Hammershus from a new visitor centre hidden in the cliffs

The largest castle ruin in Northern Europe, Hammershus on the island of Bornholm, has been restored, and there is now a new, modern visitor centre, thanks to a generous donation of DKK 102.5 million from a charitable foundation. Today, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary will open the visitor centre, together with the Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen.

Visiting one of Denmark's most popular historical monuments will now be even more exciting. Hammershus on Bornholm has had a thorough makeover through extensive restoration, and a new, modern visitor centre has been established, following a generous donation of DKK 102.5 million from the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Foundation.

"Thanks to this generous donation, one of Denmark's most popular, historic monuments, Hammershus on Bornholm, has had a thorough makeover through extensive restoration with a new, modern visitor centre. The new visitor centre offers an impressive view of the old building. This means that, in future, visitors will be able to experience even more of the fascinating history of the ruin. The restoration has also ensured that Hammershus can be enjoyed by visitors for many years to come," said Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen.

The new visitor centre is discretely built into the cliffs opposite Hammershus, and has large windows facing the castle ruin.

The visitor centre was designed by Professor Christoffer Harlang, an architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Arkitema Architects. 
The new building is separated from the castle by a gorge, and a footbridge on pillars connects the castle ruin and the visitor centre. On their way to the ruin, visitors will be able to go directly out onto the roof of the visitor centre from where they can enjoy a panorama view of the castle. Both the roof and footbridge are made of oak from the Almindingen forest on Bornholm.

The exhibition at the visitor centre will be a modern, easy-to-follow exhibition about the history of the castle. A large, dark room contains a model of the exhibition and a number of touch screens. This allows visitors to navigate in a 3D universe and to delve into different topics. The other part of the building will be a classroom, shop and café.

BobbaBella, a family restaurant run by the local Michelin-starred Kadeau restaurant, will be serving the food at the new Hammershus visitor centre. The restaurant and a kiosk will open with the rest of the visitor centre on 22 March 2018.

Visits to the ruin as well as the visitor centre at Hammershus will be free of charge. Day-to-day costs of the visitor centre will be covered by a parking fee of DKK 30 for six hours from Easter up to and including the autumn holiday in mid-October. Parking will be free for the rest of the year.

Read more about the history of Hammershus here.

Facts: Hammershus visitor centre
Hammershus is the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe and is the most popular attraction on Bornholm with its unique location on a cliff on the northern tip of Bornholm facing the Baltic Sea.

The design of the new visitor centre was inspired by world-famous Danish architect Jørn Utzon who, as early as in the 1970s, made a sketch illustrating how the new visitor centre could be moulded into the landscape.

In 2012, a donation from the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Foundation revitalised the old project and a much-needed restoration of the castle.

Further information:

Malene Kristensen, Press Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Food, tel. +45 22 13 08 34, email

Søren Friese, Forest Supervisor, Danish Nature Agency, tel. +45 30 94 62 37, email