Sweden is a destination that is becoming more popular among travellers in Europe. The north caught the attention as a different destination. If you want to see something out of the ordinary, it’s a good idea to visit Gotland, the biggest island on the Baltic Sea. Tourism is one of the most important sources of income to this province and that is why there are plenty of things to do. Take a look at the best things to do in Gotland, Sweden and plan the perfect trip!
1. Lummelunda Cave: a tour for braving
Are you looking for adventure? That’s what you will get on this visit! The Lummelunda Cave is located in a natural reserve in the north of Visby and it’s the longest cave in all Sweden. People started visiting the cave in 1948, and since then over 4 million people have explored the path through the dripstone formations, the running lakes and amazing preserved fossils.
The discovery of the entrance to the cave that is used for tourism is very interesting. In 1948 three teenage boys known as “The Three Boys” were on a hike and encountered the path to the cave. They explored it for many years using just camping tools.
Learn more about this place and have a cool and different experience that will last in your memory for the rest of your life.
Address: Lummelunda Lummelundsbruk 520, 621 71, Visby, Sweden
Website: Lummelunda Cave
2. Stora Torget: a little bit of nightlife
If you want to be in a place where everything could happen, head to Stora Torget square in Visby. It used to be a spot for churches and monasteries, but over the years religion was left behind and it became a place for restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and pubs. If you visit at night, you will find yourself surrounded by options of things to do, foods to try, music, lights, and people from all over the world to meet. Make new friends at Stora Torget and enjoy the night!
Address: Stora Torget 2, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
Website: Stora Torget
3. Gotland Museum: for a deeper knowledge
To really get to know the culture and history of Gotland, it’s mandatory to pay a visit to Glotland Museum. It was founded in 1875 and houses a collection of over 400,000 objects that mostly have been donated by locals, with the mission of preserving the island’s heritage. The objects are divided into art (paintings and sculptures), an archeological collection with objects from the stone age and medieval times, natural history (fossils and skeletons), and cultural history (clothes, weapons and house items).
Visit this amazing history museum about Gotland!
Address: Beach Street 14, 621 56, Visby
Website: Gotland Museum
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4. Botanical Garden of DBW: a piece of beauty
If you enjoy being in touch with nature, this visit is perfect for you. For over 150 years, the Botanical Garden of DBW (the Bathing Friends), popularly known as “Botan”, has been working as a protective wall between the Baltic Sea and Visby.
Because of the exceptional weather in Gotland, many plants and trees grow healthy in the garden. You’ll be stunned from the beginning by the apple trees at the entrance. Continuing on, you will also find walnut trees, tulip trees, mulberry, magnolias blossom, and many, many more exotic species. The garden is always open for visitors and has no entrance fee.
Botanical Garden of DBW
Address: Strandgatan, 621 55, Gotland
Website: Botanical Garden of DBW
5. Medeltidsveckan: medieval dream
Do you want to travel back in time? If you go to Visby from August 6th to 13th, you’ll be landing during…Medieval Week!!! This is one of the biggest and most expected yearly events in Gotland. For an entire week, you can dress up as a noble, pauper, upper class lady, royalty, and more. Try new experiences like jousting or watch professionals perform. Walk around the markets to find timeless treasures, enjoy church concerts, street theater, fire shows, live storytelling, and lectures. Get to know people with the same interests and discover the fairy tale Visby and rural Gotland.
Be one of the over 40,000 visitors to enjoy more than 500 events in just one week. Learn all about the event on the official website.
Address: Visby, Gotland
6. Lärbro Church: more medieval visits
For a medieval architecture lover, it’s a good option to visit the Lutheran church in Lärbro, in the Diocese of Visby. The very unusual and beautiful octagonal steeple was built in the 1300s. The murals in the vaults are the originals from the time and remain perfectly preserved. Take a look at this rare church and add it to your collection of interesting visits.
Address: Diocese of Visby
7. Romakloster: small but big
Are you the type of traveller that prefers to visit small towns over big cities? Then you’ll love Roma, locally known as Romakloster.
Walk around the town and you’ll find that there are no annoying crowds in this village of less than 1,000 habitants. Visit the Roma Church and Roma Monastery while you are at it. Interesting buildings full of history from the medieval times can also be observed here.
8. Bergmancenter: a cinema treasure
This is a special treat for movie lovers on the island of Fårö. The Bergman Center is a cultural center that was inaugurated in 2013 and is a tribute to the work and art of the Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman. You can enjoy the exhibitions, lectures, and workshops about the movie industry, and also visit the library and cafe.
During summer, the center is open everyday except Mondays, from 10 am to 5 pm. And if you visit in June, you can attend Bergman Week, from June 26th to July 2nd, where you can enjoy special screenings of Bergman’s work, as well as discovering the influence of it in other modern artists.
Address: Fårö Svens 1118, 624 66 Fårö, Sweden
9. Museum Lars Jonsson: a watercolour window to Gotland
Are you familiar with Lars Jonsson’s watercolour paintings? They are out of this world, but there’s one place where you can see them and that is the Museum Lars Jonsson, located in southern Burgsvik. Get to know this genius interpretation of the many beautiful landscapes in Gotland. If you have an artistic eye, you’ll love this museum.
Museum Lars Jonsson
Address: Vamlingbo Prästgård, 623 31 Burgsvik, Sweden
Website: Museum Lars Jonsson
You'll leave Gotland full of experiences and teachings
This island has a lot to offer to its visitors. From wild adventures, interesting sights and museums, amazing architecture, quiet villages, and exciting events, there’s no way that you don’t find something interesting and to your liking. Explore a place like no other in the world.
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