Medieval Sweden with beaches and parties – Visby, Gotland

Some people head to Gotland during the summer to party.  Visby, the largest city on the island, is home to a week long party every summer known as Stockholm Week.  Essentially, the city is overtaken by people looking to enjoy the beaches and sun that Visby has to offer.

But Visby to me is not a party destination; it’s a chance to see one of the best preserved medieval cities in Sweden. In fact, the entire city of Visby has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With good reason.  Church ruins dot the cityscape, medieval houses can be found throughout the town center, and an intact wall circling the city dominates the view as you enter Visby.

If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, try to visit at the beginning of June.  Tourist season is slowly getting started and the town seems to have just the right mix of tourists and locals.  Of course, if you’re looking to experience medieval Visby, August is the time to visit.

Every August since 1984, Visby has celebrated a Medieval Week.  The churches and wall around the city suddenly become an integral part of the celebrations with music, dance, markets and tournaments.  There are even some lectures for those more inclined towards the academic side of things.

Visby, during the summer months, is one of the best places to visit in Europe. With its mix of history and culture with sun and beaches (and even some partying), the city comes alive and is a great summertime destination.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.