Visby Travel Guide

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Visby Things to Do

  • 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. At the time we visited, we thought it housed contemporary paintings and sculpture alone, which we are not necessarily the most fond of. However, the museum houses an art collection which not only is composed mainly of paintings and crafts...

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  • Stora Torget

    Returning from the farther reaches of Visby's medieval wall, we happened onto the "Stora Torget" or market square. The square is not quite as large as that found in other medieval towns, but it is a nice plaza surrounded by several pubs and cafes with outdoor seating for guests which really lend quite a bit of ambiance to the setting. Market...

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  • Burmeisterska Huset

    As you can see from the plaque's inscription (located at the outside corner of the house), "The Burmeister House got its name from its owner, Hans Burmeister, who immigrated to Visby at the middle of the 17th century, and who was a merchant and later alderman. He died in 1681. The house is constructed with horizontal timbers such as a log cabin...

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  • Medeltidsveckan pa Gotland

    We were very excited when during the planning of our trip we thought we would be in Visby on the very first day of "Medieval Week on Gotland" or "Medeltidsveckan pa Gotland." We had checked the dates out. Can you believe we missed it by one day? We were so disappointed!Every year during the first week in August the island celebrates Medieval Week....

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  • Outside the City Walls

    The accompanying photo is of 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...

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  • Medieval City Wall ~ Visby's Historic...

    One of the most historically fascinating sites of Visby is the 2 mile long medieval city wall which encircles the oldest part of the city of Visby. The wall is one of Europe's oldest and is the longest of its kind. The limestone wall was erected in the 13th century and is punctuated by as many as 40 towers all of which are intact. Some of the more...

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Visby Hotels

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  • Hotell St Clemens

    Smedjegatan 3, Visby, Gotland, 62155, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Stenugnen

    Visby, SE-621 57, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Clarion Hotel Visby

    Strandgatan 6, Visby, Gotland, 62124, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Visby Restaurants

  • an austrian beergarden & Stiegl Bier

    Haha, that was a really big surprise for me to find an austrian beergarden and Restaurant in Visby. Wisby is by the way just another correct way to spell Visby and a lot of places still use that old spelling. In Wisby Hof they even had my favorite beer: Stiegl Bier from Salzburg.

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  • 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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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

  • Trip from Ventspils to Gotland

    Nice cruise tour from Ventspils (Latvija) to Gotland (Sweden). Price 230 EUR per person, tour - 4 days, living on a boat in a nice cabins.

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  • The tourist-train of Visby

    For elderly people and those who are tired of walking the cobbled stones of the old city of Visby, this little touristtrain might be a good solution.The ride would have been around 8,- Euros, the driver told me, and so he would also accept Euros, but I decided to walk myself instead, and I also doubt that he would go to all of these small...

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  • By cruise to Visby

    Small ships like the M/S Delphin with just 400 passangers onboad will be able to dock in the tiny port of Visby, while ships with more than 24.000 GRT or so will always have to anchor outside the port and their tenders will take the passangers ashore. So when you are on one of these larger ships, calculate some extra time for going...

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Visby Shopping

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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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  • Bargains

    Visby's main square has a market most days of the week and here you will find local craft and household gadgets, scarves and gloves and so on.

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  • Leather studio

    Very nice artefacts made out of leather. If you are interested in imaginative and special gift items, go and find this little shop in the old town. You'll be surprised at the variety they have.

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Visby Local Customs

  • Fiskargrand - home of fishermen &...

    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...

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  • Midsommar & Midsommarafton - ...

    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...

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  • Sweden still has Swedish Crowns

    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...

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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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    Good shoes!

    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

  • Wilby Apothek

    Wilby Apothek is the only inscription that I have found on this interesting building in the style of one of the many former warehouses of the Hanse in Visby/ Gotland."Apothek" means pharmacy and Wilby might be the owners name. You will find Wilby Apothek in Strandgatan, just a few meters from Packhusplan and it is a private residency nowadays.Take...

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  • St. Clemens Kyrkoruin - St. Clement...

    St. Clement Church ruin is another quite impressive churchruin and obviously it is a popular place for weddings. And so I was lucky to be there when a wedding was going on on the day of Midsommarafton, the afternoon before the Midsummer-festivities.--------------------------Normally St. Clement Church is open for visitors:daily from 11.00am till...

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  • S. Nicolai Kyrkoruin - St. Nicholas...

    St. Nicholas Church is one of the biggest monastic churches in Sweden. It was built by the Dominicans in ca. 1230. In Visby they founded their first monastery as a base for their Baltic mission.The Dominican foundation suffered badly when Visby was attacked by the Lübeckers in 1525, the monastery and the church were damaged by the fire and were...

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Visby Sports & Outdoors

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    Swimming

    by Sjalen Written Aug 6, 2007

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    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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Visby Favorites

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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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Raukarna on a Rocky Shore of Gotland
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Visby is also called "City of Roses"
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a lovely halftimbered house
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Burmeisterska huset - Burmeister House
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Houses built in the german style
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Drotten Church
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The Milltower
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The walk along the townwalls
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Domkyrkan - Cathedral of St. Mary
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The South Gate
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Kajsarporten - another former Prison
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Kruttornet & Fiskarporten
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buildings of the german Hanse-heritage
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Tjärkoket - The Tar Works - Teerkocherei
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The ruins of St. Catherine
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Kyrkberget - the best viewpoint of Visby
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The former prison is a hostel now
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St. Lars / St. Lawrence's Church
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Kapitelshuset - The Chapter-house
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Strandporten & Packhusplan
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The Residence & what is left over now
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The Gate of St. George & the Hospital
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Stora Torget / The Market Square of Visby
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walking through Visby
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Almedalen - the area of the former port
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Concrete sheep
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THE ALMEDALEN
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CITY OF ROSES
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KAJSARPORTEN
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KLINTEN
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VISBY TOWN MARKET SQUARE
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ST. CATHERINE'S RUINS
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VISBY OLD TOWN RING WALL & GATES
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TRADITIONAL HOUSES
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HELGEAND RUINS
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GOOD VIEWS OF ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL
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ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL
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KRANKU
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PAYEX BUILDING
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WOOL & SOUVENIR SHOP
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