Gotland: Top 10!

Gotland: Top 10!

Gotland: Top 10!

Discover the nature, the sea and the UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy beachlife, sea stacks, the pulse of Visby and first-class restaurants. Gotland is the island of contrasts and it leaves no one untouched!

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Visby – a teeming cultural heritage

Few cities have such a unique combination of old and new as Visby. Surrounded by the well-preserved city wall, this former Hanseatic city offers a cultural heritage, beautiful cloister ruins and inviting cobblestone alleyways, as well as world-class culinary experiences, after-beach parties, night clubs that boast the sea as their backdrop and concerts and gigs in mighty stone vaults. Visby is teeming, and it’s up to you if you want to relax or party, in the past or the present.

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Visby – a teeming cultural heritage

Few cities have such a unique combination of old and new as Visby. Surrounded by the well-preserved city wall, this former Hanseatic city offers a cultural heritage, beautiful cloister ruins and inviting cobblestone alleyways, as well as world-class culinary experiences, after-beach parties, night clubs that boast the sea as their backdrop and concerts and gigs in mighty stone vaults. Visby is teeming, and it’s up to you if you want to relax or party, in the past or the present.

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A UNESCO World Heritage

The Hanseatic town of Visby was registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1995. The town wall that encircles the city centre and the many church ruins that have been preserved have become hallmarks of Visby’s urban landscape. The city wall of Visby, which extends for 3.5 km, has more than 50 towers and is surrounded by moats. It originally was built for protection from foreign enemies but also guarded against assailants from the countryside.

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A UNESCO World Heritage

The Hanseatic town of Visby was registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1995. The town wall that encircles the city centre and the many church ruins that have been preserved have become hallmarks of Visby’s urban landscape. The city wall of Visby, which extends for 3.5 km, has more than 50 towers and is surrounded by moats. It originally was built for protection from foreign enemies but also guarded against assailants from the countryside.

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The nature and the sea stacks

Perhaps it is the contrasts that make the island so unique. Through the effects of wind and weather and its former location near the equator, Gotland has been enriched with spectacular nature that cannot be found anywhere else. The northern parts are wild and wind-beaten, with magnificent areas of sea stacks and blustery coastal stretches. Further south, winding roads will lead you through blooming meadows and open landscapes. All this mounted in the frame of the sea…

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The nature and the sea stacks

Perhaps it is the contrasts that make the island so unique. Through the effects of wind and weather and its former location near the equator, Gotland has been enriched with spectacular nature that cannot be found anywhere else. The northern parts are wild and wind-beaten, with magnificent areas of sea stacks and blustery coastal stretches. Further south, winding roads will lead you through blooming meadows and open landscapes. All this mounted in the frame of the sea…

NO 4

Beachlife

Holidaying on the island has its benefits. Gotland offers everything from mile-long sandy beaches to small, hidden swimming holes. Here, you will also find a number of limestone quarries with turquoise, shimmering water. For those who like warmer swimming temperatures, the quarries are a particularly good choice as the temperature is often a degree or two warmer than the sea. The Blue Lagoon quarry is the most renowned, but there are so many more…

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Beachlife

Holidaying on the island has its benefits. Gotland offers everything from mile-long sandy beaches to small, hidden swimming holes. Here, you will also find a number of limestone quarries with turquoise, shimmering water. For those who like warmer swimming temperatures, the quarries are a particularly good choice as the temperature is often a degree or two warmer than the sea. The Blue Lagoon quarry is the most renowned, but there are so many more…

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Fantastic food

Gotland is teeming with high-class, award-winning restaurants. You will find 16 of the White Guide’s restaurants on this small island. For natural reasons, the majority of them are in Visby, but an increasing number of excellent restaurants are constantly popping up throughout the island. Well-known places such as Krakas krog, Gula Hönan and Smakrike are joined by challengers such as Restaurang ROT, Bruna Dörren and Bungenäs matsal. Regardless of which you choose, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Fantastic food

Gotland is teeming with high-class, award-winning restaurants. You will find 16 of the White Guide’s restaurants on this small island. For natural reasons, the majority of them are in Visby, but an increasing number of excellent restaurants are constantly popping up throughout the island. Well-known places such as Krakas krog, Gula Hönan and Smakrike are joined by challengers such as Restaurang ROT, Bruna Dörren and Bungenäs matsal. Regardless of which you choose, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Shopping & Crafts

Gotland is an amazing place for shopping and crafts. The range of goods is unlike any other and is often related to the island and its surroundings in one way or another. In Visby, you will find many local items at GKF, a design and crafts cooperative, located on Wallers plats. And don’t miss the cosy studios and shops in the countryside. Here, you can buy beautiful copper from Åsa Lindström in Hablingbo, pots and ceramics at Verdus Veranda, handblown glass in the Big Pink studio and the characteristic stainless steel flowers of Elena Berg Österdahl.

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Shopping & Crafts

Gotland is an amazing place for shopping and crafts. The range of goods is unlike any other and is often related to the island and its surroundings in one way or another. In Visby, you will find many local items at GKF, a design and crafts cooperative, located on Wallers plats. And don’t miss the cosy studios and shops in the countryside. Here, you can buy beautiful copper from Åsa Lindström in Hablingbo, pots and ceramics at Verdus Veranda, handblown glass in the Big Pink studio and the characteristic stainless steel flowers of Elena Berg Österdahl.

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92 medieval churches

Once you have discovered Visby and its unique cultural heritage and history, why not take a tour around the island to visit some of the many old churches that rise up in every parish. Gotland has no fewer than 92 medieval churches, all with their very own history. Along the way, you can also find many Viking-age cairns and stone circles.

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92 medieval churches

Once you have discovered Visby and its unique cultural heritage and history, why not take a tour around the island to visit some of the many old churches that rise up in every parish. Gotland has no fewer than 92 medieval churches, all with their very own history. Along the way, you can also find many Viking-age cairns and stone circles.

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The island of Pippi Longstocking!

With its winding alleyways and medieval ruins, Visby offers year-round opportunities to play. After a game of hide-and-seek in the world heritage city, embark on a road trip to experience the fossil hideaways at the seaside, milelong sandboxes and numerous other fascinating places for play and creativity! Make sure to visit Pippi Longstocking’s fantastic house Villa Villekulla and see where she baked gingerbread from the floor and played the now-legendary “don’t touch the floor” game.

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The island of Pippi Longstocking!

With its winding alleyways and medieval ruins, Visby offers year-round opportunities to play. After a game of hide-and-seek in the world heritage city, embark on a road trip to experience the fossil hideaways at the seaside, milelong sandboxes and numerous other fascinating places for play and creativity! Make sure to visit Pippi Longstocking’s fantastic house Villa Villekulla and see where she baked gingerbread from the floor and played the now-legendary “don’t touch the floor” game.

NO 9

From farm to fork

Gotland is definitely an island of local ingredients. Every season has its own specialties. Here, there is no need for long transportation or middlemen. The lime-rich soil and the favourable climate contribute to the good quality and extra flavourfulness and sweetness of produce grown on the island. Not to mention the islanders’ great love of home-grown, local produce, which certainly plays a role in the perception that crops and food here simply taste better.

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From farm to fork

Gotland is definitely an island of local ingredients. Every season has its own specialties. Here, there is no need for long transportation or middlemen. The lime-rich soil and the favourable climate contribute to the good quality and extra flavourfulness and sweetness of produce grown on the island. Not to mention the islanders’ great love of home-grown, local produce, which certainly plays a role in the perception that crops and food here simply taste better.

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Useful information

How to get here
Ferries going between the mainland and Visby depart daily from Oskarshamn or Nynäshamn and take just over 3 hours. There are daily flights from Arlanda Airport and Bromma Airport in Stockholm to take you to Visby. There are also flights from Malmö and Gothenburg, and in the summer there are flights from additional locations.
Tourist Office & Gotland.com
You will find the Tourist office (Turistbyrån) at Donners plats in Visby. Here, you will receive personal service and any help you may need. Before departing for Gotland, you can find extensive information on transportation, practical tips, guidebooks, etc. from the official tourist guide at gotland.com

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Useful information

How to get here
Ferries going between the mainland and Visby depart daily from Oskarshamn or Nynäshamn and take just over 3 hours. There are daily flights from Arlanda Airport and Bromma Airport in Stockholm to take you to Visby. There are also flights from Malmö and Gothenburg, and in the summer there are flights from additional locations.
Tourist Office & Gotland.com
You will find the Tourist office (Turistbyrån) at Donners plats in Visby. Here, you will receive personal service and any help you may need. Before departing for Gotland, you can find extensive information on transportation, practical tips, guidebooks, etc. from the official tourist guide at gotland.com