Visit Visby

visby-ringmur.jpgVisby is located on the island of Gotland, east of southers Sweden in the Baltic sea. You can get there by ferry or plane from Stockholm or other cities on the sout-east coast of Sweden.
Visby is a very well-preserved medieval city with a vast network of narrow, cobble stone streets. The many ruins of churches and abbeys give Visby its unique charm. 500 years ago, Visby was the centre of the Hanseatic League – a mighty trade network of 30 independent cities. The Hanseatic League made the town rich and during the 12th and 13th centuries it became one of the most prominent towns in the Baltic Sea region. A defense wall with more than 50 towers surrounds the old stone houses and churches. The ring wall is about 3.5 kilometers long and 11 meters tall, and within the wall are the ruins of 23 churches and abbeys.
In 1995 Visby was put on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, entailing a responsibility for keeping the unique cultural values intact. The World Heritage Committee wrote: “Visby is an outstanding example of a Northern European walled Hanseatic town which has in a unique way preserved its townscape and its extremely valuable buildings, which in form and function clearly reflect this significant human settlement.”

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Many architectural historians consider Visby to be the finest example of early gothic architecture in the northern Europe. 200 medieval stone buildings have been preserved. Fiskargränd is one of Visby’s most popular narrow streets with its roses and tiny houses.
Visby also has a beautiful botanical garden where one can relax after a day exploring the old town. Don’t miss to watch the setting sun at the kissing gate! Within the wall, there are large numbers of small shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs, many of which keep open all year round. They are especially crowded during the summer, when a lot of people from Stockholm come to the island for their holidays. Every summer, Visby has “the Medieval Weeks” with a lot of activities for everyone, picturing life in medieval Visby.

 

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2 Comments on “Visit Visby”

  1. Whitney Myers Says:

    You need more sites. Im really trying to visit this country and your site gives me nothing that i would want to go see. I know there has got to be more to Sweden too.

  2. robbie in Ottawa Says:

    Very good stuff. Thanks!


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