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Useful information for shore excursions in Visby (Gotland)
We have put together below information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights as well as many useful information for shore excursions in and around Visby.
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The Hanseatic city of Visby is a popular destination for Baltic cruises. At first glance passengers fall in love with the beautiful cliffs. Once arrived at Visby’s harbour the towers of the cathedral will attract your attention immediately as they are bigger than all the other buildings.
The harbor is located near the medieval city center. Narrow streets, old buildings, nice shops, cafes and restaurants give Visby a charming, fairy-tale-like flair.
The surrounding areas of the city also make attractive excursion destinations. For example, the Bunge Museum is one of the largest open-air museums in the country. Another highlight is Fårö, a smaller neighboring island of Gotland.
Visby is the capital with 23,400 inhabitants and the port of the Swedish Baltic island Gotland. It is one of the most interesting cities in Sweden. The medieval town center is surrounded by a 2.2 mile long city wall, which has almost been completely preserved.
During some parts of the year Visby was used by the Vikings in 800 AD. From the 11th century, the island was inhabited by the Gotlanders all year round which allowed the town of Visby to grow. At the beginning of the 13th century several churches and monasteries were built. Between the 12th and 14th centuries Visby was an important point of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea.
A picturesque cityscape with Romanesque and Gothic churches and the impeccable preservation of medieval storehouses as well as merchants’ houses make the northern European Hanseatic city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Culture enthusiasts and nature enthusiasts will find many opportunities in Visby and the surrounding area.
The ring wall of Visby
A tour around the city walls with defensive towers from the Middle Ages offers a unique experience. It was built in the years 1250-1288 and extended in the 14th century. Originally it had 29 towers, today there have remained 27 of them.
The cathedral, also called St. Mary’s Church, was built in 1225 and was the church of the German merchants. It is the only medieval church in Visby that was still under preservation. Normally, it is open to visitors during the day.
The botanical garden of Visby grows plants that only live in warmer regions, such as figs, walnut trees and tulip trees. The botanical garden is open to visitors throughout the year.
The Bunge Museum shows the 17th-and-18th-century Gotland farming culture. Furthermore, so-called Gothic picture stones from the 14th century can be visited there. These are tall stones with visual representations.
Fårö is located northeast of Gotland. From Fårösund, Fårö can be reached by ferry in 8 minutes. There are fantastic sandy beaches. On the west coast of the island you will find the nature reserve Digirhuvud, where you can visit sea stacks (rauks). These rauks are a geological phenomenon near the coast consisting of several high limestone pillars.
Map of the cruise port in Visby
The cruise port of Visby is just a short distance fromthe city center. The botanical garden is just a 5-minute walk from the pier and welcomes you for an excursion on your own.
Worth knowing about shore excursions in and around Visby
Shipping companies and routes
The port of Visby is regularly approached by the MSC, Costa Cruises, P&O and many other cruise ships on their routes through the Baltic Sea.
Entry and visa
Since the Baltic island of Gotland is part of Sweden, Canadian, US and UK citizens do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area of countries in Europe for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.
Please make sure to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival in the Schengen area
Please inform yourself at your cruise company about the valid entry requirements.
Cruise Ship Terminal
Since April 2018 the cruise ships dock at the new cruise terminal. In the terminal building there is a tourist information office, a customs office, the border police, toilets and spaces for the ship crews. At the new jetty, two cruise ships will fit one behind the other.
Taxi and public transport
Many of the sights of Visby are within walking distance as they are within the city walls. To explore the surrounding area bicycles are available. There are several rentals in the city center.
Another way to explore the rest of the island is by rental car or bus. Car rental companies, such as Avis, Hertz and Europcar, are located near the harbor.
The official currency in Gotland is the Swedish Krona, which is divided into 100 öre. 1 $ is equal to 8.81 Swedish Kronor and 1 pound is approximately 11.61 Swedish Kronor.
In Sweden, it is common for small amounts to be paid by card. It is therefore recommended to bring an international standard EC or credit card. Make sure to pay attention to possible fees.
Cruises to Visby take place mostly in spring and summer as the climate is very mild. The average temperature in the summer is 18 degrees Celcius / 64 degrees Fahrenheit and it can occasionally rain. Rainwear is therefore recommended. In spring, temperatures can drop to 3 gegrees Celcius / 37 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to rainwear, warm clothing is recommended during this period as well.
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