Visby is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Visby and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.
Note: the seas can be quite rough here and occasionally this port is missed out if it is considered too dangerous to tender ashore.
Visby is the capital of Gotland and is linked to mainland Sweden by ferry and plane.
Visby is famous for its soft sandy beaches, distinctive grey-fleeced sheep and wild orchids. Visby lies on Gotland’s northwest coast and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sweden’s best-preserved medieval cities.
Visby’s charming, sometimes narrow cobbled streets can be steep and slippery when wet so flat, sensible shoes are recommended for exploring.
Visby has several shopping districts including Wisbyströvet and the St Hans district. Popular souvenirs include woollen items made from the famous local sheep, cuddly toys, fleece rugs or a Pippi Longstocking doll (movies featuring her were filmed in Visby).
The Botanical Gardens are walkable from the port. At the south end of the gardens, you’ll find the ruins of the Romanesque church of St Olaf, which dates from around 1200 AD.
The Burmeisterska Hus lies near the main square (Donnersplats) just inland from the harbour. Built in 1652, it’s one of the best-preserved Baroque burgher’s houses in Sweden and often hosts art exhibitions featuring the work of local and Swedish artists.
The ruined medieval churches of St Per and St Hans, stand side by side at the south end of Donnersplats.
The Museum of Antiquities (Golands Fornsal) also near Donnersplats contains displays of Viking and medieval artefacts including runic stones, arms and armour, furniture and art.
At Visby Market Square (Stora Torget), see the ruins of 13th Century St Catherine’s Church. There is also a good selection of bars, cafés and restaurants here.
Visby’s limestone city walls date back to the 13th Century and circle the old city covering 3.5km. They feature 44 towers.
St Mary’s Cathedral (on St Hansgatan) dates from 1225 and is the only one of Visby’s old churches which is still in use.
Sjalso and Faro beaches are located on the island’s north coast, not far from Visby.
Lummelunda is a series of spectacular stalactite caves 11 miles north of Visby.
The disabled cruiser visiting Visby
Where You’re Docked
Visby is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Cruise ships must anchor and tender passengers ashore as there is no cruise dock. The medieval town is within easy walking distance of the tender pier. The pier has toilets, nearby is the Tourist Office, internet station and a shop.
(Note: the seas can be quite rough here and occasionally this port is missed out if it is considered too dangerous to tender ashore).
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the Swedish Krona.
The official language in Visby
Lamb is extremely import on Gotland. Local dishes include lamb with spiced red cabbage, blueberries and potato dumplings, marinated fillet of lamb with cinnamon and garlic sauce and roast lamb with ramsons pesto and red wine sauce. Other specialities are smoked flatfish, saffron pancakes and truffles.
Points of Interest
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Visby Accessible Excursions
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Visby Accessible Guided Tour
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