The Town of Roses & Ruins
Visby boasts a rich history with tales of the Viking Age when it was a stronghold and trading post, a flourishing medieval period, and its membership in the powerful Hanseatic League.
Today Visby is best known as the Town of Roses and Ruins; you can stop and smell the blooms in all their glory in the Botanical Garden, and visit an array of impressive ruined medieval churches.
Wander a maze of cobbled streets in the old walled city, bicycle through beguiling countryside and dramatic coastal scenery, cast a line on a fishing expedition, or take a few swings at one of the seven excellent golf courses.
This massive 3.4 kilometer long stone wall surrounds and protects Visby. Dating back to the 13th century, it is largely intact and one of the most notable architechtural features of the city.
Discovered by three schoolchildren in 1948, this extensive underground cave system took millions of years for natural forces to excavate. Explore the underground system, viewing dramatic rock formations, lakes, and rivers.
This recreation of a Viking village offers a glimpse into the Viking lifestyle through interprative guides and demonstrations. Make Viking jewelry, mill flour on the grindstone, bake bread over embers, and test your strength at a Viking competitive sport.
Visby, Sweden At a glance