Gotland Travel Guide

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  • Visby's medioeval old centre
    Visby's medioeval old centre
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  • Gotland
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Gotland Highlights

  • Pro
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    Sjalen says…

     scenic, good food, history everywhere 

  • Con
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    HelenainSweden says…

     Itýs very expensive. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The important things in life 

Gotland Things to Do

  • Just go and see it

    A very nice lady running a creperie in Visby (unfortunately I cannot remember the name in order to write a tip about it) raccomend us to go and visit this place. It's a sort of luxury hotel built with eco materials and very high design architeture. It was a sort of adventure to find it but yes, nice to see. I didn't even check the rates, must be...

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  • The medieval churches of Gotland

    On Gotland you can find almost different 100 medieval churches, many of them are built between year 1100 and 1300. Must churches are still in use and open for visits. Visiting a medieval church is a great way to get an experience of both history and architecture.You can see some photos on my Boge Church travelogy

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  • Rute Church

    Yet another 13th century church, this one stands at a road crossing in the countryside which makes you notice it even more. There is a 1260 crucifix as well as a 13th century font but as for the architecture, things have been altered since. For instance there are square columns inside which are not normally associated with ancient Gotland churches....

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  • Fossil hunting

    Looking for fossils is great fun on Gotland as they are everywhere along the coast. Just bear in mind that there are certain nature reserves (such as Langhammars on Fårö) where it is strictly forbidden as the whole shoreline consists of pebbles and would disappear. Please respect this and leave some of the beauty for others. Snäck and Fridhem are...

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  • Bunge and Fårösund

    Fårösund is the village where you find the ferry across to Fårö but it also merits a stop for being a generally nice place itself with its harbour life and restaurants. Its most famous sight is the Bunge Open Air Museum which I strongly recommend you to visit. I never had time to stop this time myself as I was with others, but I guarantee that I...

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    The Pippi films were mostly shot in Visby and its surroundings so if you are a fan, don't wonder why you recognise the odd street corner even if shop fronts and so on have changed. A classic is in the first film when Pippi moves in at Villa Villerkulla, the colourful house, and comes riding through a city gate. The house itself was found when SF,...

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Gotland Hotels

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Gotland Restaurants

  • French crepes and galletes

    We just wanted have something light and we crushed into this comfortable and lively creperie, running by an extraordinary kind Swedish lady. Employees can be also foreigners and many languages can be spoken. They have a small but very cosy balcony: you can eat there and ejoy a beautiful sunset. There is not more than creps and gallets but they have...

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  • Gotland speciality

    The "national dessert" on Gotland is not to everyone's taste but personally I love it. It is called saffron pancake and is in fact not a pancake but more like a rice pudding with saffron. It is baked in an oven tray like a Swedish savoury "oven pancake" which is probably why it is still called a pancake. You are served a square of this delicacy...

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  • Great selfmade icecream

    This is a nice and cosy place were you can buy some original and homemade icecream! You can find it in the center of Visby! Belgian chocolate icecream of course... ;)

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  • A cosy and good restaurant

    This is a very nice restaurant on the main square of Visby! There's a wide kitchen with pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes! The food is very good and the price is also okay and the nice thing is that you can sit outside and watch the people. pepper steak

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  • Don´t miss the good hamburgers.

    It is nonthing special, but it is perfect on the beach to buy your food here. they have different kind of dishes from cold to warm. they also sell Gute ice cream (very good). but the hamburgers i tries are very good. Of course you order them with shrimp sallad. In Swedish we call it räksallad. Yummie! But they dont sell any beer. Sad. Hamburgers...

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  • Restaurant in Gotland (Island off of...

    Very good food and a lively young crowd. We would have stayed for drinks (turns into a club) but all bars in Gotland close at 2pm and we needed to get to some other places. The one bad thing I would say is the doorman wouldn't stamp us to let us back into the club if we were to come back. We just spent a ton of cash on dinner and he said we would...

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Gotland Nightlife

  • A good night club.

    It is a very good night club at Stora Torget in Visby. I have been both here during the fall and the summer time. It is a very nice place with lots of places to hide. It is in an old building built in stones. Very cool place. During the summer it is a very popular place to eat and drink. I have also been here during the fall, and then it was a...

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  • Listen to music in the harbour.

    It is a boat in the harbour in Visby which offer you drinks and food. They have trubadurs playing here at night during the summer. It is a good place for a family or friends which doesnt want to meet the real party life during the summer in Visby. Summer clothes.

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Gotland Transportation

  • Destination Gotland

    We booked tickets at an agent in Stockholm. It includes a 1hr bus ride to the ferry pictured which takes about 3 hrs to Gotland. The boat is extremely roomy and comfortable. Make sure you book in advance for the way back as they do fill up. We were lucky to make standby on the return.

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  • Buses around the island.

    The best way to go around Gotland is by bus if you want to use the public transportation things. No trains on Gotland for public transportation. If you check on internet you can get time table and more information about the public buses.www.gotland.se/kollektivtrafikenYou arent allowed to drink alcohol in the bus or smoke cigarretts. totally...

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  • Destination Gotland

    The way most people get here is by ferry since then they can bring their car, caravan and so on along on holiday, or all sorts of things should they be locals shopping in mainland Sweden. Gotlanders have a discount on the ferry since they don't have much of a choice if they want to bring their vehicles but the rest of us pay a bit more. The...

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Gotland Shopping

  • Different design things. Interial...

    You can find so many different interesting things here. Both antiques and new things. I think you will find something that you want to buy for yourself or a friend. walk around slow and discover whet they offer you here. Buy something local handicraft from the island, something made here on Gotland.

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  • If you are on Tofta beach camping.....

    Here you find everything you need for your camping when you are at Tofta strand. It has almost everything you want to have for your vacation. Food, newspapers, toilette paper or what ever you need for your stay on your camping. Normal prices. Maybe alittle more expensive.

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  • Sheepskin products

    Since Gotland is full of sheep, this is the obvious souvenir with things like slippers, vests, hats, gloves and things for your home and your car. Most of it in the dark grey colour of the local sheep. You can buy things all over the island, both at Visby souvenir shops and local farms you pass in the countryside. Look out for "fårskinn" on...

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Gotland Local Customs

  • Gotlands Föreläsningsförbund.

    This is an organisation who have lectures and tours about culture, traditions and nature in Gotland. It is a non-political organisation, so when you go to Gotland. Check with them if they have anything interesting for you. Perhaps they only have tours in the Swedish language, but ask the tour guides.

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  • Torneamentum.

    This is a society of knights and they perform usually during the week of the Middle Ages in Visby in the beginning of August every year. They like to show how knights fought during the Middle Ages against each other in tournaments. They perform all over Sweden and also international. They do this during the summer season and if you are lucky you...

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  • Almedalsveckan

    This is a week when all parties come to Gotand and spread their message to the people. It is an old tradition to be here for politicians. I have been here one year when it was, then I saw many politicians talk about how they could make Sweden better and what their message to the voters was. This is a popular week for all politicians to visit Visby...

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Gotland Warnings and Dangers

  • Rauk swimming

    Whatever you do, do NOT swim by the rauk fields. Yes, it looks very tempting with a white and pebbly beach and even more tempting to jump from some of the cliffs, but the beaches here consist of aeons of coral seabed development and different stages of landrise which mean that you have one shelf on a certain depth you think you can handle, and then...

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  • Watch out for axes and arrows!!!!!!

    Well, when i visited the Viking village in Tofta there were no stuff and checked you when you threw axes or shoot arrows. Very bad in one way. It is a place for children to have fun, but they think maybe parents are all over, but some parents might have more children. Just to beware of!!!!! Go there and have fun with your children.

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Gotland Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch a rock musical festival Vadstuck.

    I have been here for many years ago and it was fun, but it rained. I know that we drank a lot anyway. 2006 there will be more bands from the island. So go and see them. It is only one day, but next year they plan to make a festival on 2 days. My experience of this festival is just good, but when I was there it was cold.

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  • Bro

    I have only passed this village by bus so I have no photos, but just about 10 kilometres north-east of Visby, along the Fårösund road, you find this amazing place. First you come across a huge cairn (stone mound) where some local chieftain has his final resting place. Then you arrive at the village itself where the old medieval church has both a...

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  • Själsö

    About 8 kilometres north of Visby is this pretty little harbour with its old fisherman's huts where you can sometimes stumble upon someone selling their catch. If not, you might want to time the sunset instead. You come across Själsö if you bike along the Gotland trail northwards and it is also signposted from the main road 149.

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Gotland Sports & Outdoors

  • Get around Gotland by bike.

    You should rent a bike and bike around the island. You will find many nice roads and places where you can be alone and no other tourists will be. Just a bike!!!! you shall of course have a tent and probably clothes for camping. Why not...

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  • Horsey holiday

    Gotland is known for Sweden's only wild horse, the Gotlandsruss or simply "russ". In English, it is called the Gotland (or sometimes Viking) Pony and it runs wild at the Lojsta Heath in the inland south of the island. The closest I can come to describe them is if you are familiar with Exmoor ponies, as they are similar in size and colour....

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  • Gotland games

    Gotland has a bunch of games not found elsewhere in Sweden, even if the old game of kubb has spread to the mainland, but only as late as in the 1990s. You can try the Gotland version of tossing the caber ("stångstötning") as well as plenty of others for instance at Lärbro. If watching the games instead of participating is more your thing, then head...

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Gotland Favorites

  • History and wild nature

    Gotland is amazingly nice, especially if it is sunny. It's capital town, Visby, was an hanseatic Town and is extremely rich of churches. Actually, Gotland has the highest concentration of churches of all Scandinavia, due to its flourishing past as hanseatic town. Most of them are simply ruins but, nevertheless, very nice. Gotland is a very common...

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  • Fridhem fossils

    At famous Fridhem south of Visby, there is a little cafe down by the beach which is famous for its Swedish waffles. We didn't think them that extraordinary compared to all other Swedish waffles but still, they are delicious by definition :) The best thing about this place though, is its position right by the sea, along a pebbly beach full of...

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  • Gröna Gården

    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,...

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To Gotland by boat
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Kutens Bensin
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The house of 'Pippi Longstocking'.
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The 'Rauk' - admire the natural formed stone
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