Hiking route: Almindingen Forest, Kongens Borge

Beautiful and hilly route through Almindingen Forest past Rokkestenen (the Rocking Stone) and two historical monuments: the ruins of Lilleborg (Little Castle) and Gamleborg (Old Castle).

Gitte Holtze

Hiker and outdoor freak as well as journalist, lecturer and author of "jeg lever" about Gitte's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and "Gå langt", a guidebook to long hikes.


2-3 hours
Approximately 6 km (round trip)
Difficulty level:
Medium A few (very) hilly stretches and boggy in wet weather
Suitable for prams and wheelchairs:
In the car park at Lilleborg and Gamleborg
Near Christianshøjkroen
Access to water:
The public toilet near Christianshøjkroen
Mainly wide forest paths
Special remarks:
The route is split into two loops, so it is possible to shorten the trip by walking only one of them.


Map of the route

Below you can download a pdf with an A4 map of the route.


Route description

Follow the red markings from the car park at Lilleborg towards the lovely Christianshøjkroen inn. Shortly before the inn, the route turns right into the oldest part of Almindingen Forest and passes both the large dawn redwood tree and the over 6-metre-high granite Prinsestøtte, carved in honour of King Christian V in 1688. Both are in the Christianshøj area on your way to the ruins of Gamleborg (the Old Castle).

Gamleborg was Bornholm’s main fortress in Viking times and is situated on a rocky outcrop on the edge of Ekkodal (Echo Valley). Today it consists only of the remains of a few buildings and ramparts. So keep an eye out for the red markings – the route goes through the ruins and then takes a series of bends along wide forest paths on through Almindingen Forest.

When you reach the paved road towards Rytterknægten, the terrain becomes more challenging: follow the markings steeply downhill on rather uneven (and definitely not pram-friendly) terrain to Lilleborg.

Rytterknægten is Bornholm’s highest point

Take a break at Lilleborg (Little Castle), the old royal castle with a special history: It only existed as a royal castle for about 100 years before it was burnt down in the 13th century and has been a ruin ever since. It is located on a 16-metre-high rock outcrop, and from the top you have a lovely view down over the lake with the special name of Pølsesø (Sausage lake).

View over Pølsesø

The second “loop” of the hike starts after Lilleborg: Cross the paved and often busy road between Rønne and the eastern part of the island and enter the forest.

Follow the red dots around the forest roads and make a stop at another of Bornholm’s impressive erratic boulders. This weighs 16 tonnes, but can no longer be rocked.

The route is a round trip, but is laid out in two loops that almost meet in the middle, so if you don’t have the time or inclination to walk the whole way, you can make do with one half; the most beautiful, but also the hilliest and potentially boggy, is the trip past Gamleborg and Lilleborg.


Places on the route:

On this hike, you get a chance to visit the following places:



The Bornholm castle ruin Lilleborg is strategically located on an isolated rocky outcrop in the middle of Almindingen Forest.



The castle ruin Gamleborg is located on a rocky outcrop on the edge of Ekkodalen in Almindingen Forest, and is the oldest royal castle on Bornholm.



Explore Ekkodalen on Bornholm. The beautiful Ekkodal is Bornholm’s largest rift valley.



Pass by Rytterknægten in Almindingen Forest on Bornholm – it’s the highest point on the island!


Ekkodalshuset - Café Genlyd

Echo Valley House’s Cafe Genlyd is the place where time stands still and food is made from scratch. “No frills”, as our grandmother used to say. And that meant good filling fare as opposed to gourmet. See opening hours here



The bison trail – see bison in the forest A 12-kilometre hike in Almindingen Forest in search of bison.

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