The Almedalen is a very nice park by the waterfront in Visby. The area was a lagoon in the Viking Age, and was a natural harbor, how-ever it was during the Middle Ages that it became the Baltic Sea's port. During these times Merchants met and over the years it became an important meeting place for traders from East and West. In 1950 it was decided...more
Smedjegatan 3, Visby, Gotland, 62155, Sweden
Good for: Families
I didn't know Visby was known as the city of Roses.I do now, and as I look through my photo's, I am finding plenty of Roses popping up everywhere.I especially like them when they are look to be growing out of the cobblestones, and some are nearly covering the old homes.Roses are everywhere, so for Rose lovers, you will enjoy Visby!more
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.more
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...more
This most peculiar and friendly island (a hot summer day that is) is fully worth visiting.You come here from the city of Nynäshamn, 60 km south east from Stockholm.The boat "Madam af Gotska Sandön" will take you there in 2-3 hours, you spend the day there 6-8 hours and then go back in the evening.You can rent small huts and also bring a little tent...more
View of Broadsand Tongue seen from the Light House. The Light House seen from the beach looks to be very near, and you can easily fall for the temptation to walk right on towards the Light House after being at the beach, specially when dark. Don´t do that, after a while you will get caught by the trees and you don´t know were to go, as you can´t...more
This island is a bit special. I show you this handmade map (I can't guarantee anything), just to show you more or less were things are, that I will describe on my pages.The romantic names are "free translations" of the Swedish names. I think they mostly have connection to ship that have wrecked on the sand shores.Mesurement of the island: 9x7 kmmore
Around the ferry you find different kind of tourist and souvenir shops. They sell usually the same things, but the best way is to visit them all. You will have time to do that while you wait on the ferry. All kind of touristic and souvenir things you will find here. Many things from these shops are made in wool from the sheeps. A lots of...more
It can often happen that it will be long queue with cars. It can be quite boring to sit in the car with all other passengers. My advise is that you will get out from the car and start to walk against the ferry. On the way you find some shops and if you have children it is perfect to go and buy an ice cream. I did that and and if you travel with...more
This restaurant is open mostly during the summer season when all the tourists visit Gotland and also Kneipbyn. They have lunchtime between 11.30-14.30 and then a special menu for the evening. During many evenings during the summer they have music or something else as entertainment.more
Hög(e)klint is a cliff and nature reserve a couple of kilometres south of Kneippbyn which has great views back towards Visby as well as southwards from its top. I however enjoy it just as much from below - it's best seen from the beach at Fridhem where you can have a coffee before or after your photo session (see tip) and enjoy some calories if...more
At famous Fridhem (see accommodation), 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...more
These days the Heidelberg Cement Group has taken over most of Sweden's lime quarries still in use, and that includes the Slite works. You can visit the factory on guided tours and learn more about limestone and what it is used for, including cement making. More fascinating than it sounds actually, since this factory has outdoor storage bigger than...more
The thing that Slite is most known for is the limestone mine. Well, if you are interested in enormous open-cast mines this limestone mine with a history from the 17th century maybe is worth a visit. But else you better spend your time in Slite on something better. Take a photo and save it as a evidence that Gotland isn't always that beatiful.more
Small shop that has several types of fishes from the sea outside Gotland. The owner smokes the fish himself (of course).
For smoking he uses the small tree (bush) 'ene' that is a small pine, just 2-5 meters high. This bush gives a very good taste when smoking fish.The wood has a caracteristic smell and is often used for tree utensils in the kitchen.
What to buy: At the harbour in Ljugarn you can buy smoked flat fish. This fish 15-20 cm long, you eat with fresh potatoes or eat just like candy!
What to pay: It is not expensive.
Tofta is one of Gotland's most famous beaches and its campsite (see link below) is always full of caravans to testify to this. I found I had expected more since it has such a reputation, but don't let that stop you from coming here to swim, especially with children. I just happen to be spoilt living in Scania with its broader and longer beaches....more
One of Gotland's many old churches, this is not by any means the nicest or most interesting, but still merits a stop if you are interested in history and architecture. To me, it looks a bit like the church in German Boppard but with a single spire. Not surprising on this Hanseatic island with its German influences. The church is an early 13th...more
Gotland's largest ship setting (47 metres long) was one of the main reasons for us to turn off the main path and follow the Gotland cycle trail down to the sea. You find it along the northern road to the village so it is impossible to miss. Built during the Bronze Age, that is from B.C. 1800-400 in Sweden, it is probably a grave. Whatever its...more