A picture from outside the wall to the west. In the background you are seeing the baltic sea.
If you walk to the harbour from the north through the city you’re gonna pass this tower. Called the powdertower. This tower should be the oldest of the towers in Visby and is built in the 12:th century as a defending castle where knights could see what was going on in the old harbour here.
After you have passed the powdertower you stand in almedalen. The old harbour of Visby. This is the place where all politic parties make their announcements every summer. It is a quite big event and Visby is crowded with people during this week.
Near by you’ll see Gotland museum with a lot of information about Gotland from ice age to ours. Gotland is known for its skilled blacksmiths that been active since 2000 B.C. Waldemar Atterdag actually forbid the inhabitants on this island to trade iron with the Finnish people. He maybe where afraid of getting resistance from these countries. The people on this island is also famous for joining the war against rome. You’ve got a lot of relics from these periods. Gotland got 80% of silver treasures that are found in all scandinavia. Most from 200 to 800 AC with arabic and roman silvercoins. You’ll see more on http://www.gotlandsmuseum.se/ . Up to the right on the page you are able to translate it to nearly every languages.
A couple of kilometers south from Visby you’ve got the Kneippbyn that is an amusement park for the famous Pippi Longstocking written by Astrid Lindgren. Most of the tv series are recorded in Visby and the “Villa villerkulla” has been situated in Kneippbyn just a couple of kilometers from Visby. Today you are able to get in to Kneippbyn during summertime. read more about it on http://www.gotland.net/
Lodging in Visby
I tried a nice bed and breakfast during my days in Visby.
The B&B I tried you’ll find on Sodra murgatan 14 in Visby. Visby innerstad & Lagenheter>>>
Nice bed with a view to the citywall.
Flatscreen on the wall. Well, you just had four channels. 1, 2, 4 and 6. where channel 6 mostly gives programs with english.
The bathroom was small but enough for getting a good shower and get shaved.
You’ll get a breakfast in the morning with coffee and are also able to cook something for your self.
Just outside the kitchen you see a nice terrace where you sit comfortable in the morning sun during summer time.
You’ve got many other exciting hotels in Visby. An exciting one is
A couple of hundred meters south you’ll find a supermarket with food, shaving foam, tooth paste and most what you need during your stay here.
I give you some more pictures here. I will, later on put up some more.
How to get here
The easiest way to get here from Stockholm is taking the train from Stockholm central to Nynashamn and then the ferry from Nynashamn to Visby. You’ll get here with the commuter in just around one hour. Se more on sl.se>>>
The terminal for destination gotland is just a couple of hundred meters away. Read more about the ferry on destinationgotland.se>>>