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Snackbacken 12, Visby, 621 41, Sweden
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The Medieval Festival
Travel Tips for Visby
Being in Visby is like experiencing medieval times all sorts of seasons but still, nothing comes close to the Medieval Week in early August when the whole city is full of minstrels, jesters, knights and damsels, and when there is jousting on a meadow down by the sea. You don't have to dress up accordingly but lots of people do, tourists and locals alike, and you will be dragged into all sorts of events depending on the theme of the festival for that year. Usually the legend of events around Valdemar Atterdag and his invasion force is included one way or another. If you haven't booked accommodation well in advance for this week, you might as well make it a daytrip from Nynäshamn or be prepared to camp in the middle of nowhere.
Nattskutan - open during the summer.
During the summer the church of Visby has an open white tent in the hrbour between 21.30 to 03.00. From midsummer and all July. This is a place where you can have a glas of fresh cold water after a tough party night. You can come here and just have a quiet time, relax, talk with somebody. A place where you can get contact with a person who can listen to your problem. You dont have to be religious to visit Nattskutan.
The city wall from the inside
On the northeast section of the city wall you can watch the city wall from the inside. You climb steep stairs and come to this room on the top of one of the towers from where one of the gates was operated.
The northern city gate is my favourite. Perhaps it is because it is the one which mostly resembles the York bars I have come to love, but perhaps also due to the seaside views you get near it (second pic) and the good views looking back to it from inside, with Visby cottages lining the way such as in this picture.
The major church ruin in the city as it is so central, next to the main square and you are sure to stumble upon it without effort. S:ta Katarina, or Karin as it is sometimes known, started off as a Fransiscan monastery in 1233, only a decade after the Pope agreed to St Francis of Assisi's ideas. It was then extended in the mid 14th century to look more like nearby St Nicolai. You can see most ruins inside between 11-17 summertime, and this one makes particular sense to visit since it has a small exhibition on the Visby ruins in general. It is thought that St:a Katarina had around 13 monks since that was the normal number all over Europe, and they lived in total poverty, saving souls around the city.