World Heritage Town

Visby town centre, surrounded by the City wall, is also known as the Hanseatic town of Visby and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, i good company of Egypt and the Galapagos Islands. World Heritage is cultural or natural heritage considered imperative to preserve due to its outstanding value to humanity. The fact that the Hanseatic town of Visby is a lively meeting place all year round is key to the future of the whole island. 

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VISBY – a teeming cultural heritage

Few cities have such a unique combination of old and new as Visby. Surrounded by the well-preserved city wall, this former Hanseatic city offers a cultural heritage, beautiful cloister ruins and inviting cobblestone alleyways, as well as world-class culinary experiences, after-beach parties, night clubs that boast the sea as their backdrop and concerts and gigs in mighty stone vaults. Visby is teeming, and it’s up to you if you want to relax or party, in the past or the present.

At one time, Visby was the capital of the Baltic and the Hanseatic epicentre. Since 1995, the city has been a UNESCO world heritage site. Being a world heritage site has its obligations and Visby delivers extraordinarily. Here, people live. They go to work, they go to school. They exercise. They socialise.

The well-preserved 13th century city wall encapsulates the city centre and by simply wandering around the cobblestone streets, you encounter breathtaking old cloister ruins and historical buildings. In the Visby of today old meets new and high-class restaurants, cosy cafés and exciting shops abound.

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