Difference between revisions of "Visby"
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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 one of the best party cities 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.
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.
Visby is best enjoyed by foot, especially the Old Town, located within the city wall.
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.
There are several bus lines going out to the rest of the island, check the time table before heading out though.
During the summer cars are not allowed within the city walls of Visby, and parking can be difficult to find, or expensive.
Like the rest of Sweden, taxis can be expensive, and are best for short trips when you are otherwise unable to get around otherwise.
Note that many of the town's attractions are only open during the summer months, usually until Aug 30th.
Art and Museums
There are several tours of the Old Town during the summer, most available in Swedish, but occasionally in other languages, and they are sometimes available for group bookings. The best bet is to check with the Tourist Centre (Skeppsbron 4-6, 62157 Visby) what guides are available in your language. Also ask whether you need to get a ticket before the tour starts or if you pay when you meet up.
Other Events and Activities
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.