A Mellow Medieval Gem: Visby, Sweden

Ever dream what it would be like to wander around an empty Medieval European city  without tourists crowding the streets? Jump on the ferry to Visby. While Swedes pack this island destination during the summer months to party 24-7, September to May is a totally different story. Roaming around you’ll encounter a couple of friendly locals, gorgeous architecture, a few excellent restaurants, a world-class museum, and sheep everywhere you look — on flags, on the streets as statues, in the gift shops. And that’s about all. It’s like having a private, small city all to yourself.

The Visby "skyline" from the city park. C. Nelson, 2011.

Concrete sheep guard each city gate. C. Nelson, 2011.

Bikes along the ring wall from 1280. C. Nelson, 2011.

Cutest brewery in the world. C. Nelson, 2011.

The mailman out on his route. C. Nelson, 2011.

Mandatory old-school Volvo shot. C. Nelson, 2011.

Looking out to the Baltic Sea. C. Nelson, 2011.

Tasting the local brew. C. Nelson, 2011.

The flag of Gotland. C. Nelson, 2011.

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About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for NewYork.com, tweets for NFT, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various small companies like Google (for a gig at Zagat and Google Maps). In my free time, I like to create projects like this: Chinatown Chow Down NYC. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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