Fast Facts

  • Location: On the west coast on Gotland Island in Baltic Sea
  • Attraction Type: Medieval Town
  • Significance: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Best Time to Visit: May to September
  • How to Reach: By flights from Stockholm, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Oslo, Angelholm, and Linkoping; Or by ferries from Oskarshamn and Nynashamn
  • Nearest Airport: Visby Airport

Visby in Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea is among the better if not the best-preserved medieval town in entire Europe. Visby, which remained as a Viking trading post, emerged into a predominant commercial center of the Baltic region in the medieval ages. This Swedish town is still inhabited by about 22,000 people who boast of deep-rooted traditions and customs. Often referred to as the ‘city of roses’, Visby in Sweden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A 13th-century two-mile wall surrounding Visby town is the most remarkable structure. Within the area, bound by this stone wall, you would find homes, shops, pubs, and restaurants. Visby Sweden Cathedral, another outstanding architectural edifice, was built in the 12th century and falls within the walled territory. The wall, cathedral and medieval houses are remarkably maintained and are a treat to watch. Outside the walls, Visby is equally attractive. The Hanseatic Harbor, a site of medieval prosperity still exists in its glorious state. Visby Botanical Garden, with its brilliant rose beds, is another wonderful place to visit. Dominican Monastery of St. Nicholas and Gotland Historical Museum are inspiring and informative sites for your exploration. Powder Tower is the oldest fortification of this city, while the Maiden’s Tower has a sad tale behind its construction. A peasant maiden was buried alive inside this tower for helping a Danish king in the time of revolution.

In case you are attracted by the modern-day amusements, Visby offers healthy recreations in the form of pubs, shopping malls, and supermarkets.

Staying in Visby
Visby port on the Baltic Sea coast offers you charming vacation opportunities. Near the harbor, you might put up in Clarion Hotel, Hotel St. Clemens, Best Western Hotel Solheim, and Best Western Strand Hotel. Visby offers excellent gastronomic facilities for gourmets as well.

The Market Square or Stora Torget has innumerable small eateries and pubs serving delicious recipes from fresh ingredients. Freshly prepared salmons and home-brewed beer are extensively sold in this Market Square. Bistra Haren near St. Nicholas Church is famous for its grilled lamb with salad, salmon dishes, and ginger beer. Vardshuset Lindgarden is another notable restaurant serving exotic local cuisine. Their ‘glodhoppa’ or boiled lamb racks grilled in mustard is extraordinary, as are their walnut crispbread and mulberry parfait, a dessert.

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