Located on the large island of Gotland, off Sweden’s east coast, Visby is a currently a thriving vacation destination. The city pays testament to its medieval heyday when this Hanseatic port was a trading partner to the great capitals of mainland Europe. Visby is full of characterful narrow cobbled streets and ruined churches that reside behind a two-and-a-half mile 13th century limestone city wall.
The easiest and most convenient way to get a feel for this unique destination is to join us on one of our excursion packages, which will also ensure you enjoy the best deals on all attractions. Leave the ship and explore Visby’s key sights, which include the medieval cathedral, the ruins of the St. Nicolai Monastery and the Fornsalen Museum, which houses a sturdy display of Viking silver. Travellers in August may be lucky enough to catch the exciting Medieval Week – a lively festival where locals dress in medieval clothing, with jousting, wandering minstrels and traditional food! The rugged east coast of the island is home to the weird and wonderful craggy 'Raukarna' limestone pillars whilst the Lummelunda Caves, with their fossils, large cave rooms and stalactites are another key tourist attraction. Finally, children and adults alike will enjoy the reconstructed 9th century Viking Village at Tofta, where visitors can have a go at handicrafts, sample authentic food and watch the residents bring this era to life with traditional clothing. to introduce them to Astrid Lindgren, who wrote the famous Pippi Longstocking books for children!
Sweden’s waterways, canals and the archipelago at the entrance to Stockholm makes this country ideal for cruising. Our MSC cruise ships travel to a variety of destinations around Sweden including the historic city of Goteborg the capital, Stockholm and the beautiful medieval city of Visby, a UNESCO world heritage site and the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. Goteborg is lined with pretty canals and has good museums for children. Visitors can swim in Stockholm’s pristine canals and is home to the Royal Palace. Sweden is where you can discover the ‘magic of the Baltics’ and create some memorable cruise vacation memories.