Visby, Sweden

[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-16ybt55′]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnyu6k7′ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Visby
©  Image Joakim Lloyd Raboff www.raboff.com
[/av_textblock]
[/av_one_full]

[av_two_third first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-zrktmx’]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnxyoqr’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]

Visby

The Medieval town of Visby (VBY) on the Swedish island of Gotland is surely one of northern Europe’s most interesting destinations and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In addition to the rustic 12th century ring wall – which is still mostly intact and was initially erected to protect against the island’s farmers from selling their goods in the old town’s markets – there are also hundreds of beautiful century-old cottages, ancient towering warehouses and at least twelve beautiful medieval church ruins scattered across Visby.

With its natural harbor and vicinity in in the middle of the Baltic Sea, Visby played an important role during the 12th and 13th centuries as part of the Hanseatic League – a network of trading ports along the coast of several Baltic nations. It experienced both many years of great wealth but also much poverty and destitution after invasions – most notably from Denmark.

Today, Gotland is one of Scandinavia’s most popular holiday destinations and Visby is arguably the island’s main attraction, followed perhaps by Fårö, a smaller island just off the north end of Gotland with its famous limestone “rauk” upright standing rock formations. Fårö is also where legendary Swedish director, Ingemar Bergman lived out a part of his life.

With less than an hours flight from Stockholm and about three with a ferry from either Nynäshamn or Oskarshamn on the east coast of Sweden, getting to Visby is easy.You’ll find plenty of accommodation options to choose from in town, including apartments, rentable houses, hotels and hostels. To get the full-on Visby medieval experience, you’ll definitely want to stay within the ring wall. There’s plenty of shopping to be enjoyed in the old town too, with small shops and boutiques lining many of the narrow cobblestone streets and twisting alleys.

Near the South Gate is Adelgatan, the main shopping street within the ring wall and with dozens of clothes stores, small galleries, cafés and what not. Further down by the ruins of the St Mary church is where some of the town’s most established restaurants reside, including the most famous of them all, Munkkällaren. But you’ll also find places like Isola Bella, Donners Brasserie, Bakfickan and more during your walks. Visby is, if not the most restaurant and bar dense city in Sweden, then at least one of the top three. Prices for food and drink are reasonable, at least considering you’re on an island.

There’s also a unique nature experience to be enjoyed here of which Gotland is quite famous for. It begins immediately north, east or south of Visby.

How much time will I need to fully appreciate Visby?

You’ll need at least three full days to absorb the atmosphere and take in all the sites and venues in and just outside of town.

Ok, but when should I visit?

As Visby tends to get really busy during the summer, I suggest experiencing this amazing place pre season or early fall. May is usually sunny and warm, as is September. In the beginning of August, Visby is host to Medieval Week – a full-scale reenactment with locals and visitors dressed in timely garb from the time when the Danish king, Valdemar Atterdag invaded the city in July of 1361.
[/av_textblock]
[/av_two_third]

[av_one_third min_height=” vertical_alignment=’av-align-top’ space=” margin=’0px’ margin_sync=’true’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’20px’ padding_sync=’true’ border=’1′ border_color=’#d3d3d3′ radius=’20px’ radius_sync=’true’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” attachment=” attachment_size=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-o9o9vt’ custom_class=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnxzo04′ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]

What else is there to do in and around Visby?

Fornsalen – a great museum filled with ancient memorabilia
Kallis – both a local After Beach venue and a small bath house and beach
Krusmyntagården – a wonderful spice and herb garden with a restaurant
Lummelundagrottan – famous caves just outside of town
Norder gravar – a highly recommendable walkway on the outside of the 800 year old ring wall.
Botaniska – a sprawling botanical garden just inside the wall towards the sea.
Rent a bicycle and take a spin either northbound towards the recently rebuilt Villa Muramaris and the barren shores of Själsö or south towards the beautiful beach of Tofta.

Our favorit places to hang out

Bakfickan
Visby’s only fish and shellfish restaurant
www.bakfickanvisby.se

Crêperie & Logi
Serves galettes with salad. Terrace with sea view.
www.creperielogi.se

G:a Masters
The small, friendly, award winning local restaurant just off the main square, Stora Torget, in Visby.
www.gamlamasters.se

Restaurang Vinäger
Enjoy lunch or a glass of wine in the beautiful courtyard. In the evening you can eat a three-course dinner or just have a drink at the bar
www.vinager.se

Volare
A magical wine bar in a beautiful old building and charming courtyard
www.volarevisby.se
[/av_textblock]
[/av_one_third]

[av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Popular Hotels in Visby’ color=” style=” custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=” av-desktop-hide=” av-medium-hide=” av-small-hide=” av-mini-hide=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” margin=”][/av_heading]

[av_one_half first min_height=” vertical_alignment=’av-align-top’ space=” margin=’0px’ margin_sync=’true’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’20px’ padding_sync=’true’ border=’1′ border_color=’#d3d3d3′ radius=’20px’ radius_sync=’true’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” attachment=” attachment_size=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-jvnyhnua’ custom_class=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnyjhzp’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Hotel St Clemens

Hotel St Clemens

This charming, eco-friendly hotel is just inside Visby’s medieval city walls, 350 m from Stora Torget square. It offers 2 furnished courtyards, free Wi-Fi and cosy, individually designed rooms.

Classic décor, wooden floors and fridges are standard at Hotell St Clemens. Each room has a seating area and cable TV.
[/av_textblock]

[av_button label=’Check Rates & Availability’ link=’manually,https://discountedhotels.airlinestaffrates.com/hotel/se/hotell-s-t-clemens.html?aid=336401′ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’center’ label_display=” icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue832′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’custom’ custom_bg=’#ff0000′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ av_uid=’av-jvnyhcsg’ custom_class=’knapp’ admin_preview_bg=”]
[/av_one_half]

[av_one_half min_height=” vertical_alignment=’av-align-top’ space=” margin=’0px’ margin_sync=’true’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’20px’ padding_sync=’true’ border=’1′ border_color=’#d3d3d3′ radius=’20px’ radius_sync=’true’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” attachment=” attachment_size=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-jvnyhnua’ custom_class=”]

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnyk90k’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Visby Hotel

Clarion Hotel Wisby

This charming hotel is in Visby’s medieval town centre, 400 m from the Destination Gotland Ferry Terminal. It features 13th-century vaulted ceilings, an on-site restaurant and free WiFi.

Air conditioning, multi-channel TVs and minibars are in each room at Clarion Hotel Wisby. The rooms offer street, courtyard or sea views. All have bright, traditional décor.
[/av_textblock]

[av_button label=’Check Rates & Availability’ link=’manually,https://discountedhotels.airlinestaffrates.com/hotel/se/clarion-visby.html?aid=336401′ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’center’ label_display=” icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue832′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’custom’ custom_bg=’#ff0000′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ av_uid=’av-jvnyhcsg’ custom_class=’knapp’ admin_preview_bg=”]

[/av_one_half][av_one_half first min_height=” vertical_alignment=’av-align-top’ space=” margin=’0px’ margin_sync=’true’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’20px’ padding_sync=’true’ border=’1′ border_color=’#d3d3d3′ radius=’20px’ radius_sync=’true’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” attachment=” attachment_size=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-jvnyhnua’ custom_class=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnylbse’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Slottsbacken

Hotell Slottsbacken

Hotell Slottsbacken is just a few minutes’ walk from Visby’s main street, Adelsgatan. A minibar and a 32-inch flat-screen TV with cable channels are standard room features here, while WiFi is free throughout the premises.

The fresh, modern guest rooms also include a desk, a seating area and a tiled bathroom with shower.
[/av_textblock]

[av_button label=’Check Rates & Availability’ link=’manually,https://discountedhotels.airlinestaffrates.com/hotel/se/arkivhuset.html?aid=336401′ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’center’ label_display=” icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue832′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’custom’ custom_bg=’#ff0000′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ av_uid=’av-jvnyhcsg’ custom_class=’knapp’ admin_preview_bg=”]
[/av_one_half]

[av_one_half min_height=” vertical_alignment=’av-align-top’ space=” margin=’0px’ margin_sync=’true’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’20px’ padding_sync=’true’ border=’1′ border_color=’#d3d3d3′ radius=’20px’ radius_sync=’true’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” attachment=” attachment_size=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-jvnyhnua’ custom_class=”]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnymqwp’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Vlla Borgen

Hotell Villa Borgen

Set in Visby’s UNESCO-listed medieval town centre, this hotel offers free WiFi and an inner courtyard. Free tea, coffee, cookies and fruit are offered in the lobby. Garden views, minibars and TVs are standard room features at Hotell Villa Borgen. Umbrellas are included in each.
Staff will gladly recommend local restaurants and bars.
[/av_textblock]

[av_button label=’Check Rates & Availability’ link=’manually,https://discountedhotels.airlinestaffrates.com/hotel/se/hotell-villa-borgen.html?aid=336401′ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’center’ label_display=” icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue832′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’custom’ custom_bg=’#ff0000′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ av_uid=’av-jvnyhcsg’ custom_class=’knapp’ admin_preview_bg=”]
[/av_one_half]

[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ link=” linktarget=” link_hover=” padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background=’bg_color’ background_color=” background_gradient_color1=” background_gradient_color2=” background_gradient_direction=’vertical’ src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=” mobile_breaking=” mobile_display=” av_uid=’av-nc7pop’]
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-jvnyrttx’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby Visby
© All Images Joakim Lloyd Raboff www.raboff.com
[/av_textblock]
[/av_one_full]