In this port larger ships will use their tenders to transport you to the center of Visby. Seas can be rough in this area and the captain may decide to skip this port if the tender operations or docking becomes too dangerous. Smaller ships are able to dock in the harbor.
Bigger ships calling in 2018 will be berthing at a brand new cruise pier, which has been developed to handle the biggest vessels and can host two mega ships at once.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port. Open de PDF to see if you will be docked or at anchor (bk).
The first thing that catches the eye when arriving at Port
is the impressive cathedral and all the rooftops of the stone buildings
in the town, surrounded by the mighty medieval town wall with its towers.
Centrally placed, Visby was for a long time the natural meeting point for sailors and merchants from all over the Baltic region. Still today, you can enjoy the majestic merchants houses from 17th and 18th century along with almost 200 stone buildings – some of them dating back from the 12th century. Still, the town is not a museum. More than 2,000 people inhabit the old town that offers a great variety of shops, cafés and restaurants. Here you can enjoy a promenade among picturesque ruins and charming rose gardens in some of the most idyllic streets imaginable.
Visby, The Hanseatic Town with its Town wall
The town has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1995. The 3.4 km long, well preserved stonewall is surrounding the old town with almost 200 stone buildings that have survived since the 12th and 13th centuries. There are also many church ruins in the town, as well as majestic merchants' houses from the 17th and 18th century. Still, the town is not a museum, because 2,000 people live inside the Town Wall, and there are also many shops, restaurants and offices.
The famous Botanical Gardens of Visby, dating from 1855, are just a 5 minutes walk from the Pier area.
Gotlands Fornsal Museum
Gives you an overview of Gotland's 8,000-year history.
The Sancta Maria Cathedral
Dominating the townscape since the late 12th century, the only surviving church from that time inside the town wall. All the others are ruins, some of them housing concerts or exhibitions in the summer in an exciting surrounding
The town is very walkable. Be aware that it is somewhat hilly and might be difficult for people with a handicap. As streets (alleys) are very narrow an organized tour is not recommended, as most will not be able to hear the guide.
The rest of Gotland has also a great deal to offer. It is famous for its mild climate and the exotic landscape and has because become one of Sweden's most popular summer holiday destinations.
The national currency is the Swedish krona (SEK, plural kronor). 1 USD is about 5.91 SEK, 1 EUR is about 9.43 SEK and 1 GBP is about 12.28 SEK.
Automatic teller machines take major credit cards. Most stores, restaurants and bars accept all major credit cards, although in some cases there is a SEK 5 fee or a lowest purchase limit (between 50 - 100 SEK).
Swedish is the national language of Sweden, but you will find that people, especially those below the age of 70, also speak English very well - an estimated 89% of Swedes can speak English.
112 is the phone number to dial in case of fire, medical or criminal emergency.
There is an internet terminal in the tourist office.
Most shops, at least downtown, are open all week, even on Sundays.
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