Located approximately 3.5km north of Visby in Gotland, Sweden is Visby Airport, the only commercial airport in Gotland and the 12th largest airport in Sweden. As of 2011, the airport has handled 340,393 passengers with large seasonal variation, having more passengers in the summer as Gotland is considered as a popular tourist hot spot in Sweden.
The largest island in Sweden, Gotland is a province in Götaland region that is home to about 50,000 people. It has about five cities, and Visby is notable among all of them. Situated on the west coast of Gotland Island, Visby is known for its medieval city ring wall. Its thick walls houses wooden cottages, which preserves the overall aura of the city. Within its walls, you will also find delight with its Sankta Maria Kyrka Cathedral and other church ruins. Visby used to be a former Viking site and the main centre of the Hanseatic League (German trading federation) in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. The months of mid-June to mid-August are a crowded time for Visby, which receives a huge influx of travellers. Interestingly, Visby residents leave the city during these months and are willing to rent their apartments.
The inner city of Visby, also called as Old Town, is just a stone’s throw away from the medieval city walls. It is small enough to roam around by foot. The city ring wall is located here, which is considered as one of the best preserved medieval city walls in Europe. Constructed in the late 13th century, the city ring wall stretches almost three and a half kilometres, and stands 11 metres high. At present, only 36 towers and three main gates remain. You can take a stroll going to the north gate for you to see an unsurpassed view of the city ring wall. Also in the Old Town, you will find delight with the beautiful and timeless Burmeister House, the oldest surviving merchant house in Visby. The Burmeister House was built in 1652-1653 using horizontal timber.
Another notable architecture worthy of attention would be the Sankta Maria Kyrka, Visby’s only cathedral and being the only one of the 13 medieval churches that is still in use. It was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, with whimsical towers topped by domelike structures. The beautiful stained-glass windows, carved floor slabs, and ornate carved reredos emanate a medieval-like feel. During summer, the cathedral is used for intimate music concerts. You should also not miss the Gotlands Konstmuseum, which has a small permanent collection of Gotland-inspired 19th and 20th century art. Here, you will find temporary exhibitions that often showcase contemporary local artists.
How to get around within Visby
From Visby Airport, you can reach the city centre via bus. From the airport, you have to walk first going to Atlasgatan, which is a fairly short walking distance. Upon reaching Atlasgatan, you will have to board the bus towards Pilhagsvägen. The Pilhagsvägen is being run by Region Gotland, which makes nine stops before reaching its final stop, the Visby bus station in Visby. Travel time from the airport to the city centre roughly takes about 40 minutes.
How to get there
To reach Visby, you have to fly in by the Visby Airport, which is located about 3.5km north of Visby City centre. Visby Airport is the only commercial airport in the Gotland province. The airport is being served by airlines such as Braathens Regional, Malmo Aviation, NextJet, SAS, and Turkish Airlines. The aforementioned airlines fly to and from destinations such as Stockholm and Gothenburg.
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