Visby is a scenic medieval capital located in the island of Gotland, an island of Sweden in the Baltic Sea outside the southeast coast of mainland Sweden. One of Scandinavia’s best preserved medieval cities, Visby is a popular Swedish red-hot summer destination welcoming thousands of visitors each year.
Visby’s several church ruins, medieval wall and the impressive Gothic architecture Saint Mary Cathedral are just some of the eye-catching attractions of the island for tourists to see and explore.
A former Viking site, Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League (German trading federation) in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. Its 13th-century ringwall and more than 200 warehouses and wealthy merchants’ dwellings from the same period make it the best-preserved fortified commercial medieval city in northern Europe. In 1995, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During the Swedish summer Mid June – Mid August, Visby is crowded. It is one of the best party cities in Sweden in the summer. Many Visby residents leave during these hectic months and rent their apartments. During the rest of the year, the atmosphere is quite different.