Visby is the capital of the island of Gotland, one of Scandinavia’s best preserved medieval cities noted for its fascinating historical beauty and modern small town charm, which abounds with parks, gardens and flowers.
Its history reflects its Viking past, a flourishing medieval period, and the growth of the powerful Hanseatic League, although Visby today is known as the city of roses and ruins.
Due to its unique cultural values, it was declared in 1995 by Unesco as World Heritage of Humanity. Since the end of the 19th century, the Visby ruins have been protected as a historical monument. Construction of the dike began in the 12th century and the wall surrounding the city (3.4 km long) was added in the 13th century. Behind the wall, with its 44 watchtowers, this medieval stone town awaits its discovery.Our tour begins in the old Hanseatic port, now known as Almedalen Park, to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. We will continue through Strandgatan, where we can see some of the medieval two-cellars. We pass Kruttornet, “the gunpowder tower”, which is the oldest preserved building in Visby. We will walk through the city, climbing narrow alleys until we reach the Botanical Gardens. We will visit the Cathedral of Santa María, the church of the German merchants, we will walk through some of its many ruins and we will cross its narrow medieval streets. At the end of the excursion, return to port and farewell