Top 10 things to do on Gotland
Beaches on the island
The Gotland coastal landscape offers all kinds of beach hangouts. Whether you are looking to relax on a soft and fine-grained sandy beach, swim from one of the island’s piers or enjoy throngs of people, you will find the right beach for you.
Visby City Wall
Visby City Wall was built in the second half of the 13th century and is considered northern Europe’s oldest preserved city wall. If you walk the 3.4 kilometres around the wall, you will discover the wedged slingstone in Sankt Göransporten and the “double face” in Söderport.
Rauk safari on Fårö
North-east of Gotland lies Fårö, a place where rauks tower out of the sea and on land at Digerhuvud, Langhammars and in Gamle Hamn. Go on a rauk safari and explore famous rauk formations, such as Kaffekannan and Langhammarsgubben.
The Botanical garden
Inside Visby City Wall, just a stone’s throw from the beach promenade, you will find the Botanical Garden. Here, you will find many plants that are uncommon in Sweden – including tulip, empress and handkerchief trees.
Visby city centre
Along the cobbled streets of Visby city centre you find yourself in the middle of the city’s history as you wander among church ruins and stepped gable buildings. Visby is also a vibrant city with a large selection of cafés, restaurants and shopping.
Road trip on Gotland
There is a lot to enjoy on Gotland and a road trip is a great way to explore local craft shops, culinary flavours and experiences in nature. Take the opportunity to stop at one of the island’s restaurants, for example at Katthammarsviks Rökeri or the restaurant at Djupvik Hotel.
Hike along the coast
On Gotland, you are never far from a coastal hike. There are many roads, trails and paths that take you along the sea or inward towards land, past natural areas and medieval churches.
Self-picking by season
Freshly picked sunflowers on your kitchen table in your summer cottage… The island’s farmland landscape offers a wide range of flowers, berries and vegetables for self-picking. Many farms also have shops at which they sell freshly harvested produce that is in season.
The “Ekstakusten” nature reserve
In the nature reserve along the Eksta coast you can hike on smooth pebbles among coniferous trees shaped by the harsh wind. Along the coast you pass sights such as Kronvald’s fishing hamlet and the coastal artillery’s old bunkers. There are also views of Stora and Lilla Karlsö islands. The coast also offers colourful sunsets.
Fornsalen (The Historical Museum)
On Strandgatan in Visby city centre you can visit Gotlands Fornsal – the island’s oldest cultural history museum. Here you can view historical objects such as Gotland’s picture stones and the Spillings Hoard. The museum’s knowledgeable guides will walk you through Gotland’s history. For the youngest visitors, there is the children’s exhibition Skepp & Skoj (Ship Ahoy).