It's possible but I won't call it easy to get around Bornholm by public transport - a car is very nice to have.
www.rejseplanen.dk covers Bornholm as well.
Rønne is the main city but it's not where the most spectacular nature is.
Gudhjem and Svaneke are magic places in the summer - Rønne is more of a transit place and where people go to stock up on stuff before staying in summer cabins.
Thanks very much for the recommendation. We will probably book at Gudhjem - it does look beautiful.
I have no idea about your age or whether you are traveling with kids, but enjoy the ambiance at the harbors and don't forget to have a smoked herring at one of the places where they smoke them. his is usually around the harbour in any of the coastal villages. In Allinge it is situated just behind the harbor and they have a really good fish buffet,
Renting a bike is also an option for you, but it is really hilly on this part of the coast.
Just submitted a review of a hotel we stayed at during a film festival in gudhjem last year and saw your post.
Gudhjem is a lovely town as it's in the middle of the costal stretch on the east side which I think has the best seaviews and some pretty nice hidden gems along the way.
Public transport was too difficult so we rented a couple of bikes and there seems to be bike lanes everywhere, how good is that?!
Check this out which give you a good idea how the surrounding area Gudhjem looks like http://vimeo.com/9911263
Many of the bicycle tracks are not just lanes along the main roads but are tracks in the countryside far away from the roads. Most of these follow the island's old railway network, which is now closed down since a long time ago. But you will still see the occasional station building along the bicycle tracks.
We have always only used public transport between, and found it fine for transport between the towns, with relatively high frequence, while we have rented bikes for local transport around our base.
We're staying at Stammershalle on Bornholm, and have been to visit Osterlas church, Gudhjem, and the Kunstmuseum and Helligdommen. We have one more day and were thinking of taking a bus ride around some of the places we haven't been, with maybe a couple of stops to see things. Any suggestions as to what the picturesque route(s) would be? Possibilities are Hammerhus and Svaneke and \aakirkeby. Someone on the forum suggested Blaaskinsdalen, Kobbedalen, and Ro Plantage. Would welcome any suggestions.
(We've found ourselves spending a lot of time waiting at bus stops so far, because the buses aren't too frequent, and some aren't running yet (7/8) or very frequent (9).)
IF the weather is not too great I would visit Svaneke, it's a lovely place with great beer, smoked herring and wonderful surroundings.
If It's great I would visit Hammershus - and perhaps walk down to Sandvig and Allinge for lunch - or down to the small harbour for a boatride to the cliff formations and the grotto.
Thanks, Andreadoria. I was just coming to a similar conclusion, so you've confirmed what we thought. Weather has been good today, after thunderstorms and lots of rain last night, so hopefully tomorrow will be similar!
We did both in the end: a walk around Hammerhus, and a visit (by bus) to the castle ruins, and a flying visit to Svaneke. On balance, I wish we'd spent much more time in Svaneke, which looked more interesting than Gudhjem, but the buses were not good. (Missed a connection and hitched a lift to catch up with the missed bus.) I would recommend Svaneke highly to anyone who's wondering what's worth visiting.