AddressStrandgatan 13, 62156, Visby Sweden | 0.1 miles from city center | Show on map
Telephone: +46(498)210010 | Fax:+46(498)210012 | Official Homepage
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- Ironing board,
- Central heating,
- Air conditioning,
- Room safe,
- Stereo system/ CD player,
- Cable TV,
- PC with internet
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A major reason to visit Visby for anyone interested in Scandinavian history, Gotlands Fornsal is the Visby part of the Gotland County Museum and its prime exhibits are on the ground floor in the form of Iron age "pictorial stones", like Viking stones but with pictures rather than runes to tell a story. They tell of both religion, adventures and life at home, and some include fascinating whirl symbols. The museum also has a section on Viking life consisting of exhibits dug out on Gotland such as tools, equestrian items, graves and even proof that there was trade with the Romans on the island. Then you go on to Medieval Visby and on to the arrival of the Danes in rooms dedicated to the building of the wall, battles and such. The other main reason comes almost last: the Treasury. Here you will find the largest Viking silver hoard ever found in Europe and other treasures, old coins from Europe and the Middle East and so on found on Gotland. Apart from all this, there are exhibitions on medieval merchant halls, furniture, churches and other things.
A very famous viewpoint south of Visby, you can climb the chalky cliff Högklint, or stay on the beach at Fridhem below it and just study the bulk of the cliff from below and gather fossils. Hög(e)klint is not even 100 metres high but looking at it from down the beach it looks higher and the setting makes it spectacular. You find a parking place by the top of it, but you can also approach it from the houses below it to the north where there are steps and a footpath to take you through what is actually a nature reserve. Both on the way there and at the top you have views back towards Visby in the distance and on the top you will also find stairs to the base of the cliff, although it is always windy so take care.