Once a Viking trading post and later a member of the Hanseatic League of trading cities, Visby is a fascinating place to visit. Set against the rugged coastline and picturesque countryside of the island of Gotland, this once-thriving port retains the feel of a flourishing community.
With the remains of several medieval churches, a harbor, a towered boundary wall, and beautiful botanical gardens, this charming town – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – certainly deserves the nickname “City of Roses and Ruins.” Its lively Medieval Week celebrations in summer draw costumed revelers from far and wide.
Visby is a town on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. It’s known for its well-preserved town wall, a medieval fortification incorporating defensive towers. The town’s many churches include the grand, centuries-old St. Mary’s Cathedral and the medieval ruins of St. Nicolai and St. Karin. The main square, Stora Torget, has cobblestone streets lined with cafes and restaurants.