Visby Local Customs

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    Fiskargrand - home of fishermen & roses

    by globetrott Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    Fiskargrand and some of its sidestreets are the most narrow streets in Visby and they are mostly not even wide enough to drive through there in a car. Fiskargrand was the area, where the fishermen were living with their families in these tiny houses. Obviously somebody had the great idea to plant roses in front of their houses, so the streets did not smell like fish, but like roses.
    Nowadays most of these buildings seem to be summerhuts for people who live usually in another place but it is great to walk through there, smell the roses and take some pictures.

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    Midsommar & Midsommarafton - Midsummernight

    by globetrott Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    In 2014 I was in Visby on a special day of the swedish calender: Midsummernight will be celebrated in Sweden on the saturday between June 20th and June 26th. In 2014 Midsummernight was June 21st.
    Midsommar is one of the most important festivities in Sweden, second only to Christmas. And on the Friday before Midsommar everybody in Sweden will start to celebrate Midsommarafton, all shops, museums etc. will be closed already at 12.00 noon so everybody is able to get ready for the big celebrations on Friday evening.
    All of the restaurants will be fully booked, the people will leave the big cities and celebrate in the countryside, some girls and even the tourguide from Visby will wear flowers in the hair as you can see in my main Picture.
    The Family in the 4th Picture is Walking to their picknick and the Lady as well as the Man has a flower-ring in their hands.
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    Girls will pick seven different flowers and place them under their pillow at Midsommar. According to the legend this helps to find Mr. Right the easy way...

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    Sweden still has Swedish Crowns

    by globetrott Written Aug 17, 2014

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    In Visby & Gotland Euros are sometimes accepted in museums, some souvenirshops and also as a payment for the small tourist-train, but for most of the shops it is much better to have Swedish Crowns at hand, or you will always loose a lot of money.
    Supermarkets and other shops that are not usually Tourist-orientated will not accept Euros in most cases.

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    The exchangerates were in June 2014:
    100 SEK = 10,9 Euros = 14,6 US S = 8,8 GBP

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    buildings of the german Hanse-heritage

    by globetrott Written Aug 16, 2014

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    all over the city of Visby you will find a lot of houses that were built according to the german heritage of the Hanse.
    Here and in my extra pictures you will see the nicest and most interesting such buildings, where I did not find any name or other info on it or in my guidebooks.
    On the total I did 7 hours of walking through Visby but still I have the feeling I did not see all of it.

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    Concrete sheep

    by globetrott Written Aug 14, 2014

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    In many places of the city you will see these lovely sheep made of concrete. There are 2 types of them as you can see it my pictures, one has some horns the other ones dont have any. The sheep is also in Visby's coat of arms and so it was a clever idea to have these concrete sheep take care for the cartrafic by blocking some entrances and also by building a natural fence for parkinglots etc.And where-ever these sheep are found, bicycles and pedestrians will be able to go through, but cars have to stay out !
    Just take a look at my extra pictures and in my seperate travelogue.

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    The Medieval Festival

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 11, 2007

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    The Medieval Festival is held every year in August. The entire town transforms back into Medieval times with people dressing up in ancient clothes, the market being transformed to by-gone times and functions and events hosted as they were a few hundred years ago. And the natural background is available, the towers and town walls as well as the ruins of Visby. Over the years this has become one of the main medieval festivals in Europe!

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    Pippi Longstocking

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 11, 2007

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    Pippi is a nine-year-old girl, who lives with a complete lack of adult supervision. She is very unconventional, assertive, rich and extraordinarily strong, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. She frequently mocks and dupes the adults she does encounter, an attitude likely to appeal to young readers; however, Pippi usually reserves her worst behavior for the most pompous and condescending of adults. Pippi's full name is Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim's Daughter Longstocking!
    The island of Gotland was Pippi Longstockings home - since it was filmed just outside Visby!

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    Sunsets

    by Sjalen Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Visby being on the east coast can get some spectacular sunsets and everyone has their favourite spot to watch them but up at Kyrkberget behind the cathedral is the most obvious. There is also the creperie in Hästgatan with its terrace as well as down on the northern beaches (but then you don't get medieval Visby in your view with it - quite spectacular).

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    Almedalen

    by Sjalen Written Aug 6, 2007

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    As you walk from the harbour to the Old Town, you are met by a lush little park just before the city walls start along the water. This is Almedalen and was actually Visby's harbour in medieval days before the landrise. Today it is a cherished park where once in the 1960s, Olof Palme (having a summerhouse on Fårö) was talked into holding a spontaneous speech from a lorry. This he did, not knowing that he has just started a tradition, since these days "Almedalsveckan" is a whole week full of political speeches by all parties here every July. This of course generates a lot of seminars and so on as well, so if you are going in mid July, it is worth checking that you've got accommodation if you clash with this event.

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  • Swedish

    by peach93 Written Oct 4, 2005

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    All public signs in Visby are in Swedish, but most of the people there understand English and German. Here are some words in Swedish that may be helpful to you:

    thank you = tack

    yes/no = ja/nej

    please = var snäll

    hello or goodbye = hej

    you're welcome = var sa god

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    City of Roses

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    Visby is known as the city of Roses and Ruins (rosornas och ruinernas stad) and in summer, every little alley you walk along is full of cottages with roses clinging to their sides.

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