Visby Travel Guide

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Visby Highlights

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     great seaside setting, historic, cosy, good food, nightlife... 

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     No sun the day we visited! 

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     That holiday feeling is waiting for you! 

Visby Things to Do

  • THE ALMEDALEN

    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...

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  • CITY OF ROSES

    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!

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  • KAJSARPORTEN

    The Kajsarporten is one of the Town Gates.In 1661, it was built for Margareta Bonderbys, so that she could bring her cattle from the barn in the town, to the pasture outside the city walls. It once had wooden doors, but these were removed around 1900.The Tower was used as a Prison between 1700 & 1858, until the new Prison was built near the Port.

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  • KLINTEN

    Klinten in Visby was originally one of the poor neighbourhoods of Visby. It isn't any more, prices are soaring in this area! I liked this area, full of small homes and Roses. Perhaps, now tourisim has taken off, this is why property prices are soaring. From Klinten there is meant to be a wonderful view over Visby and the cliffs and the sea. The...

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  • VISBY TOWN MARKET SQUARE

    The Market Square on a wet day, not the best, but as our Ship was in Port they were still holding the Market. I had a browse around, didn't buy anything, as being Swedish, it was quite expensive for me. Guess what was for sale? Quite a few soft toys of sheep!I liked the Square, as lining one side, is the historic ruins of St. Catherines. Then I...

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  • ST. CATHERINE'S RUINS

    Something we noticed as we walked Visby, was the large number of ruins. A ruin looks beautiful, and St Catherines Church was no exception. This Church was founded by the Franciscans in 1233, with building of the Church beginning in the 1250's and continuing through the 14th century. The Church was built with large stained glass windows, seven...

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Visby Restaurants

  • Small but Sweet

    This is more for a coffe break, it is small but nice. They have breads, cakes and tarts. Try Gotlands Pancake!

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  • Enjoy the Harbour

    Anna Dubbes is infront of the harbour, you've got a great view on the harbour and can watch all the ships and yachts coming in and out. It is just relaxing. We just stop for a drink!

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  • A very special dinner

    I almost lack words when trying to describe the fantastic meal I had here at Lindgården, one of Visby's famous restaurants and a must if you have come here for the local food. The place has been included in "Sweden's best table" 2001-2006 and will probably keep going. We decided to splash out on a meal when staying here as kitan likes to be...

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Visby Nightlife

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  • Beach dancing

    I have only passed by Snäck on a bike trip but this hotel by the beach some 3 kilometres north of Visby is known all over Sweden for being a nightlife hub and I have to say it sounds quite tempting to party and then hit the beach with your friends. Moreover, there is a camp site next to it so you need not even get back to Visby itself if you stay...

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  • Night clubs

    Visby is one of Sweden's great nightlife cities summertime and Stora Torget, the main square, is somewhat of a hub in the Visby night with Gutekällaren and several other places, especially on its western side. You need only decide which music sounds like your style when listening outside, or where the queues seem negotiable on a summer's...

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Visby Transportation

  • Fly to Gotland

    The flights between Gotland and the mainland are served by several companies. You can travel with Skyways from Bromma as well as from Arlanda, Gotlandsflyg from Bromma and Direktflyg from Linköping. During the summer the Norwegian company Wideroe flies from Sandefjord and Gardemoen in Oslo. New since 2006 is that also City Airline flies between...

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  • Ferry to Gotland

    Destination Gotland handles the ferry traffic between Nynäshamn-Visby and between Oskarshamn-Visby. Nowadays they use two new big high-speed ferries, M/S Visby and M/S Gotland (called SF1500 where the number gives the capacity for passengers) and a smaller ferry called HSC Gotlandia (SF 700).

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  • Sailing

    Of course you can also sail here yourself if you have the means. Visby has an excellent guest harbour right in the city centre which means you are close to numerous restaurants and other service. The only drawback for a sailor is the lack of archipelago out here compared to mainland Sweden.

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Visby Shopping

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  • Handycraft shop.

    You find this shop not far away from the harbour in Visby. It is a shop which sells many kind of things for the tourists. You can find things made of wool, tree, glas, stone or other materials. Also dishes from Gotland like salmberries which I bought here. All things are from Gotland and I almost forget that you can buy medieval clothes here too....

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  • Buy special tea here.

    They sell tea here and mix all the teas here on Gotland. Here you buy all kind of different tea. Many of the products have names from Gotland and the most and famous mix is Guteblandning. I have tried it, and it is very delicious.

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  • Tea!

    Tea shops are quite popular in Sweden and none more so than Kränku I think, since it is always full of people. There is a well-known Swedish blend called Guteblandning which actually originated here and whether that or one of their many, many other blends take your fancy, you are sure to find something. There is also a test area so you will know...

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Visby Local Customs

  • Kapitelhusgården.

    During the medeltidsveckan (the week of the Middle Ages) Kapitelhusgården is open between 12.00-01.00. This is a special place during this Middle Age week. During the day time there are many salesman and people working with handycraft at Kapitelhusgården. During the day time there are many activities for children. They can try to shoot arrows, work...

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  • 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...

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  • The tourist office in the harbour.

    The tourist is situated in the harbour of many reasons, first it is a very central point and many of the tourists move around in this area. And at the same time many of the tourists arrive with their sailing boats and also the big ferries arrive little further away, but very close anyway. So the location is perfect for all tourists. In this tourist...

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Visby Warnings and Dangers

  • CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

    When arriving by Cruise Ship, you will be anchored at sea, and come ashore by Tender.Visby is only small, so it's really very easy to walk around, as long as you are fit enough to climb the hills.I really can't see the necessity to do a tour of the Town, but I will leave that up to you.I must say I felt sorry for people who had booked scenic tours...

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  • Stick to the Traffic Rules

    Sweden has a zero tolerance attitude towards breaking traffic rules. My driver was pulled over at 9 am in the morning for alcohol testing and there is police presence all over the country. A speeding fine or any other traffic violations can be quiet expensive!

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  • Steep Steps Could Lead to Broken Hips!!

    Visby's cobblestone streets are very charming, but some of them have very steep inclines. In some places there are also steep steps (like those near St. Mary's Cathedral). These all can be hazardous in good weather, but if it rains they can be downright dangerous for those who are not steady of foot!! Therefore, hard-soled shoes may not be the best...

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Visby What to Pack

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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Visby Off The Beaten Path

  • Rock Statues

    Near the Suderhälsan Health Spa, along the beach there is alot of rock statues in different shapes. All natural. A Must See!From Hamra drive towards Burgsvik, if you pass the Suderhälsan Spa drive along the seafront.

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  • Stora Karlso Island

    Stora Karlso (sorry, again no grammatical accents could be added here) is a special island for several reasons, not the least of which is an amazing abundance of birds---razorbills, peregrin falcons, guillemots, etc. The island just off the west coast of Gotland, is also home to sheep, but it is the sea bird population which tends to attract the...

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  • The Island of Faro

    The small island of Faro (sorry the gramatical accents are missing) is just across a narrow channel at the northern tip of Gotland. A ferry ride of less than 10 minutes across the Farosund brings you to this island where time has stood still. It is an island of undisturbed beauty with 17th century farmsteads and cottages. Sheep are more plentiful...

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Visby Sports & Outdoors

  • Visbytravet - trotters in Visby.

    You go here to bet on horser, horses competing against other horses with waggon called trav in Swedish. It is a very popular thing to do here in Sweden, and especially when it is summer time and all the tourists from the mainland visit Visby.

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  • Walks around in the city.

    If you dont want to be on the beach all day and you want to exercise and also get some historical information and see the best historical sites in Visby, you shall book a guided tour through Visby. You can call this number or mail this guide named Irene, and get further information. Bring good shoes when you walk inside Visby. No high heel...

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  • Swimming

    Nope, this is not Thailand but Gotland :) In fact, it is Nordresand just north of the Old town. The wooden planks along the seashore have been put there as this part of the coast would otherwise lose too much sand due to ferry waves. To be ctd.

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  • Swedish Currency

    Even though Sweden is part of the European Union the country chose not to be part of the Euro monetary union. Hence the currency in Sweden is still the Swedish Krona.

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  • Medieval Week

    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...

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  • Cityscapes

    A very popular place for a picnic with friends or a romantic stroll is Kyrkberget, the "Church hill"m just above the cathedral. On a sunny evening this place will please any photographer trying to seek out images of Visby rooftops and the sea. You reach it either by walking from Österport gate northwards along the inside of the wall, or Norderport...

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