Volontargatan, Visby, 62137, Sweden
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View south from the top
The Medieval Festival
Travel Tips for Visby
The Gutasagen, Gotland's saga tells the story of the island's ancient legend. In the legend the enchanted island of Gotland rises from the sea every day at twilight and sinks beneath the waves again at dawn. The spell was broken by the hero, Tjelvar, when he brought fire to the island. The legend was oral prior to the 13th century, but since then can be found in written form.
Visby is flat down towards the harbour but then hilly as you approach the eastern parts of the walls and most of it is cobbled streets so DO bring sensible shoes for anything from wet cobbles and stairs to walking and biking. You'll just have a much nicer holiday if you do.
A great place which I could also have put under "restaurants" but prefer to put here for the reason that you stop here when you see the lovely setting rather than the menu and it is a great break on a cycle trip along the northern coast from Visby. The cafe consists of a hole in the wall in the farm outhouse, and here you have sandwiches and cakes, local saffron pancake, coffees, lemonade and ice cream. Perfect when you need to boost your system after som biking. The only thing disturbing the peace in the green garden is children playing and since the garden is big, they can do so without being a nuisance, whilst you relax in the sun. There are some parrots and sheep on the farm, and far away you can make out the sea behind the coastal meadows. This really is the sort of place I wish I lived in. At least summertime. Head for Själsö and drive on past its harbour.
Visby Museum of Art
I'm not sure my family and I gave this art museum enough consideration, but the consensus was not to go in. It houses contemporary paintings and sculpture which we are not necessarily the most fond of. The museum does possess a 1917 watercolor by Axel Lindman of Visby from the beach which sounds interesting. What I really admired was the beautiful mosaic of a shepherdess and her sheep which hung outside of the museum. I was very much attracted to the beauty and intricateness of the work. (Click to enlarge for detail.)
If you are an art lover, this museum is probably worth the admission because of its regional offerings.The museum is housed in a large ochre-colored building built in 1847, near the corner of Mellangatan and Hansgatan.
Open from mid-May through Mid-September daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Later September through early May, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is SKr 40.
Outside the City Walls
This is one of several gates in the medieval city wall of Visby. Although each gate has a designation, I was never quite sure which gate we were at. The particular gate in the accompanying picture lead to a part of Visby outside of the city wall, and where the buildings and streets were of the modern era. This area appeared to be where people from Visby conducted their normal daily life--going to the market, the bakery, etc. It was not a tourist attraction at all, but rather showed the contrast between life from a historical perspective and life as it is today.