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Revision as of 21:51, 2 July 2009
Visby is one of the most remarkable towns in Sweden and Scandinavia, situated on the west coast of Gotland Island. The population figure is about 23,000. It is known for the city wall, the Cathedral and the church ruins. In 1995, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During the Swedish summer Mid June - Mid August Visby is crowded. It is the best party city in Sweden in the summer. Many Visby residents leave during these hectic months and rent their apartments. During the rest of the year the atmosphere is quite different.
There are flights all year to Visby from Stockholm and Linköping. During summer, there are also flights from Gothenburg, Oslo, Hamburg and Ängelholm.
Destination Gotland runs ferries from Nynäshamn and Oskarshamn to Visby. You can bring your car.
The inner city (Old Town), which is located within the city walls, is small enough to be covered by foot. The rest of the city is easy to get around by bike and has plenty of good bikes paths. During the summer there are usually plenty of bike rentals, but they can be expensive, if you're staying for a longer period purchasing a used bike might be a cheaper option.
Note that many of the town's attractions are only open during the summer months, usually until Aug 30th.
- City wall Begun in the late 13th century, Visby's city wall stretches almost 3 and a half kilometers and stands 11 meters high. Today, 36 towers and three main gates remain.
- Botanical Gardens Enter through the "Door of Love" to this picturesque garden of trees and ruins.
- Klinten Once the workers' quarter and now a popular spot to take in the view over the lower town, Klinten is an attractive maze of small, rose covered, homes.
- St. Maria Church Built in the early 13th century
- St. Clemens ruins Church ruins
- St. Gerturde ruins
- St. Hans ruins
- St. Karin ruins
- St. Nicolaus ruins
- St. Olof ruins (located in the Botanical Gardens)
- St. Per ruins
- Gotlands Fornsal Museum Strandgatan
- Boda Borg, . Fun and challenging Quests for people of all ages
There are only two ATM machines in the old town and port area: one at Donners Plats, just as you come up from the water front and one on Adelsgatan. Along the Ostertorg there are several others.
Most shops close at 5pm on weekdays, 3pm on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.
- Adelsgatan This is the major shopping street, and by far the most touristy. Don't be discouraged though, it has plenty of interesting shops selling small trinkets and local handicraft. If you venture off this street you'll get to see beautiful the alleys and the smaller streets, which are less crowded, and there are smaller shops hidden here and there.
- Sankt Hans Quarter
- Ostertorg (exit the old city through the Osterport gate) Modern pedestrian shopping district with most of the usual European retail outlets, as well as banks, pharmacies, and fast food joints.