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 The area of Gotland, using its magnificent walled Visby, is among Sweden's most widely used summer time locations as well as an outstanding tourist attraction. Already moved in the Stone Age, Visby arrived at prominence in medieval occasions if this was annexed through the effective Hanseatic League, a confederation of retailers in Northern Europe. Through the thirteenth century, Visby would be a prosperous commercial center that minted its very own coins coupled with a code of law. Visbi is beautifully unguarded, outdoorsy, pleasant and lush. 

You will find medieval fortifications around the whole settlement. The particular reason for these massive walls, built in the finish from the thirteenth century, wasn't to safeguard from enemy attacks, but instead to isolate the neighborhood population in the city's foreign traders. The burghers were quick to get back throughout the energy struggle in 1361 between Denmark and Sweden. Once the Danes required Gotland by pressure and advanced on Visby, the local people shut the gates and sitting with the slaughter that happened outdoors. Within the city, the retailers surrendered along with a portion of the wall was divided to permit the Danish king to go in Visby as conqueror.

Gotland can also be recognized for its medieval places of worship. In Visby alone greater than ten remain just the Chapel of St. Mary's, which offered the German retailers throughout the city's commercial heyday, continues to be being used. The Hanseatic Harbor at Almedalen has become an open park. On the other side would be the lush Botanical Gardens and merely beyond, the Maiden's Tower. Legend has it that the goldsmith's daughter was walled up here alive, reputedly for betraying the town towards the Danes.

Tourism today strongly depends on the island's numerous beaches and temperate climate. The second accounts for roses blooming almost year-round, sometimes even while late as Christmas. Among the peak occurrences may be the joust - a medieval spectacle with knights in combat, parades and acrobats entertaining youthful and old.

Where You are Docked
Though there is a small port, cruise ships tender into the city. The tender pier is within walking distance into the old town. Most cruise ships  pier at Berth No. 7. Came from here, the city is roughly one mile. Taxis might be available upon request.

Hanging Out
Outdoors the tender station entrance, turn left and merely over the road you will see the Tourist Office, a contemporary building that's well staffed and outfitted with maps and pamphlets, most of which have the freedom (and obtainable in British along with other languages)
Additionally, there are an online station (SK 2 each minute) along with a shop (with a decent stock of sheep-related mementoes!). It's open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to three p.m. On Weekends it's open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Making Your Way Around
The majority of Visby is walkable, and when you have to go further afield, the shape (based on the local people) is just to walk into any hotel or boarding house you pass and request these to phone you taxis.

You will find also taxis in the ferry terminal (close to the tender station) or call Taxi Gotland on 0498 200 200.
Taxis (for four) towards the Botanical Gardens or any place in town should cost a maximum of SK 60 (about Eight Dollars.50). A tropical run costs SK 145 for you to four people SK 215 for five to eight, so a range of you can get a tropical tour without emptying your wallet.
 
Get around
East side of the Visby medieval ring wall. The inner city (Old Town), which is located within the medieval 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.
Tourist information may be obtained from the Donnerska huset, Donners plats 1, near Almedalen and the waterfront in Visby.
By Foot
Visby is best enjoyed by foot, especially the Old Town, located within the city wall. Be aware that some of the streets (alleys) are quite narrow, cobblestone-paved, and somewhat hilly and thus can be difficult for people with handicaps.

By Bicycle
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.

By Bus
There are several bus lines going out to the rest of the island, check the time table before heading out though.

By Car
During the summer cars are not allowed within the city walls, though parking outside the walls is free of charge.

By Taxi
Like the rest of Sweden, taxis can be expensive, and are best for short trips when you are unable to get around otherwise.
Taxi Gotland, phone number: +46 498-200 200
Taxi Kurir Gotland, phone number: +46 498-50 000
Din Taxi Gotland, phone number: +46 498-20 70 70
Gute Taxi, phone number: +46 498-44 44 44
 
Attractions
 
Visby
Visitors traveling to Gotland by ferry arrive at the quaint medieval town of Visby ringed by 13th-century walls. In summertime, expect rose-draped cottages; turrets, towers, and spires; leafy bowers; serpentine cobblestone streets; and cute shops. Settle in at one of the many cafés and eateries and soak up the medieval surroundings. A speciality in Gotland is saffranspannkaka, a saffron pancake smothered with red berries and dollops of cream. It's utterly delicious. Must-dos in Visby include strolling around town to see the many medieval sights and a walking tour along the two kilometer-long medieval city wall. See St. Mary's Cathedral (Visby Domkyrka) to admire some architectural features from the 13th century and visit the Gotland Museum for a dose of island history
 
Town Walls
The spectacular town walls are about three and a half kilometers long and were built of limestone in the latter part of the 13th century. Dotting the walls are 44 towers standing 15-20 meters high. Near the north-end stands the Maiden's Tower (Jungfrutornet), in which legend has it that the daughter of a Visby goldsmith was walled up alive for betraying the town to the Danes out of love for the Danish King Valdemar Atterdag. From here, the walls run east to the line of cliffs, turn south at the town's main gate, (Norderport), follow the edge of the cliffs to Söderport (South Gate), and finally veer west to end at the ruins of Visborg Castle overlooking the harbor. Regular walking tours in English are available, so check with the Tourist Office, details below. Hours: Open daily in summer, restricted hours in winter. Address: Tourist Centre, Donnersplats 1, 62157 Visby, Gotland -- Official site: www.gotland.info

St. Nicholas' Church
From Visby's Church of the Holy Ghost, a side street runs past the remains of the little 15th century chapel of St. Gertrude to the ruins of St. Nicholas's Church, the largest in Visby, in which the mystery play "Petrus de Dacia" is performed during the Visby Festival. Once part of a Dominican monastery, the church was built around 1230, and the Lübeckers destroyed it in 1525. Two beautiful rose windows adorn the gable end.
 
St. Mary's Cathedral
To the west along St. Hansgatan you'll find St. Mary's Cathedral (Sankta Maria Domkyrka), the only one of Visby's old churches, which is still in use. Built by German merchants and consecrated in 1225, it was much altered in later centuries (restored 1899-1907 and again in 1945). It has a massive square tower on the west front and two smaller towers at the east end. The south chapel commemorates Burgomaster Swerting, who was executed in 1350. The church contains a fine carved pulpit of walnut and ebony from Lübeck (1684) and a 13th century font of red Gotland marble. Hours: Open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, closed for lunch 12am-1pm -- Address: Västra Kyrkogatan, 621 56 Visby, Gotland -- Official site: www.svenskakyrkan.se/visby
 
Botanic Garden
On the northwest side of Visby, near Studentallén, lies the stunning beautifully maintained 150 year-old Botanic Garden (Botaniska Trädgården), at the south end of which are the ruins of the Romanesque church of St. Olof (ca. 1200). The garden is full of rose beds for which Visby, 'the town of rose and ruins', is renowned and which adorn many buildings throughout the summer. There's a full program during the summer months including outdoor jazz (a Swedish favorite), farmer's markets, classical recitals, guided tours, and children's activities.
Hours: Open daily all year -- Admission: Free  -- Address: Strandgatan 5, 621 57 Visby -- Official site: www.visbybotan.se

Market Square (Stora Torget)
From Visby harbor, Hamngatan leads to Donnersplatsen, with Burmeister's House (Burmeisterska Hus), built in 1652 by a Lübeck merchant. It now houses a tourist information office. Diagonally opposite is the post office. Southeast of Donnersplatsen, the ruins of the churches of St. Per and St. Hans stand beside each other. During excavations in 1917 under St. Per, the older and smaller of the two churches, the foundations of three other older churches were found.
 
Museum of Antiquities
A must-see for visitors wishing to get to grips with the history and culture of Gotland, the museum was founded in 1875 and is the island's biggest tourist attraction. Permanent exhibitions include not only antiquities and artefacts dating back some 8,000 years from the Stone Age to Viking times but also natural history and art. Highlights include fossils unique to the shores of the Baltic, the world's biggest hoard of Viking silver, and priceless runic stones. Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm -- Address: Strandgatan 14, Visby, Gotland
Admission: Adults SEK100, Students SEK80, Children free -- Official site: www.gotlandsmuseum.se

Kneippbyn Amusement Park
If traveling with younger children this is one that visitors should consider, especially if the kids are fans of Pippi Longstocking. The park is home to a replica of Pippi's Villekulla Cottage, a gigantic water park suitable for all ages with 18 slides and 7 pools, a rollercoaster, go-carts, trampolines, and various rides. Accommodation ranges from camping to self-catering and hotel rooms. On summer evenings, concerts and activities are staged here for all ages. Within the resort, there's a café, restaurants, shops, tennis courts, and mini-golf among other attractions. Regular shuttle buses take visitors to and from Visby several times daily during peak season. Hours: Seasonal opening -- Address: Kneippbyn, Visby, Gotland -- Official site: www.kneippbyn.se

Fårö
Farö is different from the rest of Gotland, even though it only takes seven minutes by ferry to cross the strait. The landscape is more barren and the sand on the beautiful bare beaches seems even finer. If paying a visit be sure to take in the incredible sea stacks at Langhammars and see Helgumannen fishing village. Tiny fields and buildings dot the landscape and many structures unique to the island are roofed with sedge, a tradition that's died out elsewhere. Farö's most famous resident was Swedish Film Director Ingmar Bergman who died at his home on the island in 2007. A free ferry runs between Fårösund to Broa continuously during summer, half-hourly otherwise.
 
Tofta Viking Village
For those who like Vikings, Tofta Viking Village is a huge draw. Construction of the village, which is 20 kilometers from Visby, started in 1989 and it's been under constant development ever since. Apart from historical events from Viking times and the Middle Ages a range of activities brings visitors into the world of the Vikings. Try some axe throwing, sports, games, and handicrafts. For dinner, visitors can dress up in Viking costumes and enjoy a Viking feast. Hours: Seasonal Opening -- Admission: Adults SEK120, Under 16s SEK 60, Children free, Families (2 adults, 2 children) SEK300 -- Address: Tofta Strand, 62266 Gotland -- Official site: http://www.vikingabyn.com
 
Don't Miss

The Botanical Gardens towards the northwest of Visby (walkable in the port).They are packed with roses (that also ascend the walls from the city's medieval ruins) and just lovely. In the south finish from the gardens, you will find the ruins from the Romanesque chapel of St Olof , which dates from around 1200 AD.

The Burmeisterska Hus (Burmeister House) which lies close to the Donnersplats (primary square) just inland in the harbour. Built-in 1652 for local merchant Hendes Burmeister, it's among the best-maintained Baroque burgher's houses in Sweden and frequently hosts art displays featuring the job of local and Swedish artists.

The destroyed medieval places of worship of St. Per and St. Hendes, which stand alongside in the south finish of Donnersplats.
The Museum of Antiquities (Golands Fornsal), that also lies near Donnersplats (just along Strandgatan), consists of shows of Viking and medieval artifacts including runic gemstones, arms and armour, furniture and art.

Visby Market Square (Stora Torget), which consists of the ruins of thirteenth Century St Catherine's Chapel.. Additionally, it has a wide selection of bars, cafés and restaurants if you have had an adequate amount of sightseeing.

Visby's limestone city walls, which date in the thirteenth Century, circle that old city and canopy 3.5 km. They're studded with 44 towers , each around 60 feet high. The Powder Tower (Kruttornet) overlooks the ocean, as the Maiden's Tower (Jungfrutornet) reaches its northern border finish and it is so known as because legend has it the daughter of the Visby goldsmith was walled up alive inside it.

St Mary's Cathedral (on St Hansgatan) dates from 1225 and it is the only person of Visby's old places of worship that is still being used. It consists of an amazing walnut and ebenholzfarben pulpit from Germany along with a thirteenth Century red-colored marble font.

Had The Experience, Done That
Grab your bathers, get a cab and mind off for any go swimming at certainly one of Gotland's gorgeous beaches suggested around the island's north coast ( not not even close to Visby) are Sjalso and Faro beaches.
Visit Lummelunda, a number of spectacular stalactite caves about 11 miles north of Visby. On the way, stop off at Krusmyntogarden, an attractive garden that contains greater than 200 various kinds of plant. It lies five miles north of Visby.

Shoreline Activities
Perfect for foodies: An idea of Gotland (four hrs), which composed 30 minutes drive to some medieval chapel, a call at Tjauls Farm to taste Gotlandish specialties and check out the neighborhood beer. The tour then required within the fishing village of Lickershamn before coming back to Visby for any 50 minute walk round the old city walls.

Best quick overview tour: Medieval Visby (three hrs, by coach), which required in Hogklint (a photograph stop for sights within the city), then continued to Almedalen Botanical Gardens and St Mary's Cathedral.
Very best in-depth exploration: The Visby Walk and Historic Museum (three hrs). This tour also visited the Gardens and also the Cathedral, but by walking, and in addition it incorporated appointments with the Museum and sights of countless destroyed medieval places of worship.
Perfect for fitness fans: (or individuals with active kids with you) Try the Visby by Bicycle tour (four hrs), which required within the gardens, the Powder and Maiden's Towers, and Princess Euginie's summer time residence in Fridheim (where refreshments were available).

Other Sights

Packhusplan
A brief walk from Almedalen is that this pretty and earliest square within the city.

Fornsalen Historic Museum
Gotland's historic museum is really worth a trip. It's recognized for its extensive collections reflecting 8,000 many years of local history. Exhibits range from the unique Iron Age picture gemstones and Silver and gold treasures in the Dark Ages when Visby would be a effective Hanseatic town. The museum also offers an excellent gift shop, selling exclusive copies of articles displayed within the museum and genuine local crafts.

Ramparts
To find the best look at the walls and city roofs, climb onto the ramparts in the finish nearest Norderport.

Dining Out
Saffron pancakes capped with mulberry sauce and whipped cream really are a popular local treat. You'll find restaurants and pubs around Storatorget Square, many serving tasty snacks and scrumptious cakes.

Anybody who's seen the show Babette's Feast (or eaten meatballs in a branch of Ikea) knows the Nordic nations aren't large into fancy food, but Gotlanders are a fan of lamb dishes spiced with local herbal treatments. Smoked flatfish and saffron pancake are also local specialties, much like truffles. And also the Swedes love their house baking - consider cafés serving good bread, pies, cakes and muffins, cleaned lower with higher strong coffee.

Italian dishes will also be popular a great place for an informal lunch having a harbour view could be Florence on Korgsgatan Street, which overlooks the ocean. It lies merely a short walk left in the tender pier and dishes up hearty fare like Lasagna (SK 85) Pizza (from SK 75) and Fruit p Mer Spaghetti (SK 130).

For any more authentic Swedish experience, hang the right after Florence and wander inland up Hamnagoten (quite a cobbled street lined with red-colored-roofed houses colored in shades of ochre and cream).

This LEADS into Donnersplats, a beautiful cobbled square where you will find some typical Swedish cafés, such as the Donnerska Huset café (toasted sandwiches SK 39 preparing salads SK 86). One street inland, opposite quite a little rose garden, is Rosas restaurant, with a beamed medieval façade along with a small garden with seating towards the rear.

Push the boat out in the lovely Lindgardens restaurant (near the primary square), in which a 'surf and turf' costs SK 285 and grilled tuna with mozzarella costs SK 255. Puddings are costly but spectacular (SK 112 for rhubarb and strawberry millefeuille with ginger root marscapone).

Shopping
Crafts abound. In Storatorget Square you'll find numerous trendy shops offering textiles, ceramics and glasses hand made and fabricated in Gotland. Search for shops exhibiting the tax-free shopping insignia. Visitors dwelling outdoors the Eu could possibly get a 15-18% rebate from the 25% Value-Added Tax that's levied of all articles. To qualify, your purchases need to be over SEK 200 and you've got to request the shop to complete the appropriate tax free form. If you're traveling onto another EU country, obtain the stamp in your tax-free form at the final reason for departure in the Eu.You may either obtain the refund put back in your card or collect it in cash.



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