Bandholm is a port city on northern Lolland with 499 inhabitants (2020) eight kilometers north of Maribo. The city is located in Lolland Municipality and belongs to Region Zealand.

From Bandholm there is a ferry service to Askø. A little southeast of the city is Knuthenborg Safari Park.

Bandholm is located in Bandholm Parish, and Bandholm Church is located in the city. The school in Bandholm was merged in 2005 with the schools in Østofte (Nørreballe) and Stokkemarke at Østofte School six kilometers southwest of Bandholm.



The port of Bandholm is already mentioned in history in 1588, where a ship bridge was built. This year, the abbess of the St. Birgitta Monastery in Maribo was promised that the port of Bandholm would be a free port for the active monastery.

In the 19th century, Bandholm harbor ranked among the most active ports in Denmark. As something special, Bandholm and New York ports are the only two ports in the world where fresh water sources jump into the port basin.

Like many other cities in the province, Bandholm has experienced a large population growth and later decline. In 1840 Bandholm had 378 inhabitants, in 1860 770 inhabitants, in 1870 850 inhabitants, in 1880 767 inhabitants.

The cholera epidemic hit the city
In 1850, Bandholm was hit by a major cholera epidemic. The fight was led by the young doctor Peter Ludvig Panum, after whom Panumsgade in Bandholm is named. Cholera first appeared in Denmark in 1848, when quite a few were infected in Dragør, so there was no epidemic. The first major epidemic broke out in 1850 in Bandholm, where Peter Ludvig Panum was responsible for keeping the epidemic down. 28 cases were found, of which 15 died.

Added name to famous sailboat
The port city of Bandholm gave its name to the boat type Bandholm, which was manufactured by the Danish boat builder and boat designer Knud Olsen. In 1961, Knud Olsen founded his own business in an old grain warehouse at Bandholm Harbor.

In Bandholm, Knud Olsen started building a 10-meter mahogany sailboat, but he soon became more interested in the possibilities with fiberglass. The design became a Bandholm 26, which, together with the Bianca 27 and Great Dane 28 built in collaboration with the Nimbus brothers, became the first generation of Danish fiberglass boats. Only the hull was made of fiberglass, as Knud Olsen thought the deck should be made of wood to give the boat the right feeling.

Later, Bandholm 20 and Bandholm 30 were added, which were replaced by Mariboat in the early 1970s. However, Bandholm 20 later came back in a shorter version, now called Bandholm 24, and for the first time, Knud Olsen was able, as the holder of the rights to the boat, to feed himself as a designer.

The father's house put the city on the map
Bandholm came in earnest in the nationwide media when the congregation Faderhuset in 2008 bought Bandholm Hotel, which since 1886 has been centrally located in the city. Faderhuset also bought several homes in Bandholm. In September 2019, the hotel was sold to Bandholm Hotel Holding, which has Peter Hauge as the company's director and Peter Bøgil as hotel director. The new owners wanted to run the hotel further, but chose Peter Bøgil to resign his position as director of the hotel and step out of the project. For several years in a row, the hotel has won the award as Denmark's best hotel.