Gotland, Sweden
  • Visby The east side of the city wall in Visby, a popular vacation spot in Sweden. Credit: By Artifex (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Visby
    The east side of the city wall in Visby, a popular vacation spot in Sweden.
Visby is the largest city on the picturesque Swedish island of Gotland, which is located about 150 miles (including a three-hour ferry ride) south of Stockholm. Considered the best-preserved medieval city in Scandanavia, Visby has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a two-mile Ring Wall.

Popular vacation destination

Visby and Gotland are home to thousands of tourists each year who flock to see medieval ruins and bask in its Baltic beauty. With cobblestone streets, the town has a lot of good shopping, cafes and offerings to keep people busy. Its Botanical Garden, first planted in 1856, is a mecca for gardening enthusiasts from around the world. The town has more restaurants per capita than any other town in Sweden. Local cuisine features asparagus, lamb, fish and sand leeks.


  • Oceanic

Physical Environment

  • Town under 75,000 with vibrant main street
  • Beaches within 25 miles
  • Rolling countryside


  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Local community theatre


  • Leaning liberal


  • $$$$$ -- Wow, it's expensive


  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Public golf course
  • Snow skiing within 50 miles


  • Lots of downtown living space
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Public squares
  • Working farms within 25 miles
  • Safe bike corridors


  • Community senior center
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • Community hospital only
  • Low infant mortality rate
  • Public-assisted (govt.) health insurance
  • Low HIV rate
  • Community swimming pool