Most visitors come to Gotland to enjoy the sun and beaches, as well as the island's nature and culture. The main attractions on Gotland are listed below, from north to south.
The medieval Hansa town of Visby is a sight in its own right. Strolling through cobbled streets you'll be surrounded by picturesque houses and exciting church ruins, reminders of the city's long history.
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Visby city wall
The city wall surrounds all of medieval Visby and is the best preserved city wall in northern Europe. The construction of the limestone wall started in 1250 and was completed in 1288. It was further extended during the 14th century. The wall is 3.6 km long and originally had 29 towers, 27 of which are still standing today.
Visby Cathedral, Sancta Maria, was built in 1225 and was originally the church of the German merchants resident in the town. It's Visby's only remaining medieval church and is a fantastic piece of architecture. The church is open to visitors on most days and is well worth a visit.
DBW Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens in Visby are home to a number of plants who normally prefer a warmer climate, such as mulberry, figs, walnut trees, tulip trees, dove trees and magnolias. The gardens are open to visitors throughout the year.
Fornsalen (The Room of the Past) is the cultural-historical department of the Gotland Museum and is the second most popular attraction in Visby after the cathedral. The museum is open throughout the year and always has a number of exhibitions on display.
The resort of Kneippbyn
Just a few kilometres south of Visby lies the popular summer resort and water park of Kneippbyn. First and foremost a bustling pleasure dome for children and youths, Kneippbyn is a pleasant holiday destination for the whole family. Here you will find the house Villa Villekulla, famous from the Pippi Longstocking films. Every day in high summer Pippi Longstocking, Tommy and Annika sing and perform here at the Pippi Theatre.
Fårö, Gotland's smaller neighbouring island, is located just to the north east of Gotland. Fårö is reached by a free ferry from Fårösund that takes just 8 minutes. Its wonderful sandy beaches, austere vistas and magnificent fields of sea stacks make Fårö one of Gotland's most popular and talked about attractions.
The Bergman Centre
The famous film director Ingmar Bergman lived on Fårö for much of his life. After his death, the Bergman Centre was created on Fårö, which is a foundation and also a place to meet and discuss Ingmar Bergman's life work and artistry. The Bergman Centre organises trips around Fårö, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and the annual Bergman Week. Open during the summer season.
Read more: Ingmar Bergman - a Fårö lad
Kutens Bensin (Kuten's Petrol) on Fårö is a cult phenomena where bands like Bill Haley's Comets and Seasick Steve have performed in the past. It's the perfect place for anyone who likes rusty old car wrecks with soul, genuine rock'n'roll and and a true sense of the fifties.
Sea stack fields
Langhammars, Gamle hamn and Digerhuvud are some of Fårö's expansive sea stack fields. Sea stacks are large vertical rock formations that have been shaped by the sea, leaving a core of limestone.
On Fårö there are several fantastic sandy beaches with plenty of space for sunbathing and swimming. Sudersand, Norsta auren and Ekeviken are some of the most popular beaches.
The northern part of the island is characterised by a harsh and unique nature with steep cliffs and water-filled limestone quarries. There are nature reserves and hiking trails, beaches and magnificent sea stack fields.
Bläse Kalkbruksmuseum (Bläse Lime Works Museum)
Bläse Kalkbruksmuseum is a living museum showing what working life was like in a quarry in days gone by. For any train spotters out there, a trip on the quarry train is also recommended. Open during the summer season.
Many of the quarries on Gotland are now filled with water, including this quarry which has been named the Blue Lagoon. During the summer, the old quarry becomes a very popular swimming spot.
Read more: The Limestone Quarries - Gotland´s magical bathing spots
The Bunge Museum
The Bunge Museum is one of the largest outdoor museums in Sweden. The museum showcases Gotland's peasantry culture. Open during the summer season.
The Lummelunda Cave
Discover Gotland from the inside! A visit to the Lummelunda cave is a fantastic experience for everyone, regardless of age. You can join a guided tour taking you 400 million years back in time. Open during the summer season.
The west coast of Gotland, from Gnisvärd in the north to the Eksta coast in the south, has plenty to attract both outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers. The coast is dotted with beaches and well preserved fishing villages. In common with the neighbouring island of Fårö, the west coast of Gotland is also dotted with popular spots for windsurfing, kitesurfing and standup paddleboarding.
The Eksta coast
The Eksta Nature Reserve stretches from Djupvik in the north to Hammarudden in the south and is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful coastal stretches on Gotland.
Visby Golf Club's recently refurbished 18 hole golf course in Västergarn. The golf course, which was re-inaugurated in the spring of 2009, has a good standard and is surrounded by beautiful nature.
The Russ Park on Lojsta Heath
The Russ (Gotland Pony) is the only indigenous horse breed in Sweden and has been present on Gotland since time immemorial. In the pony reserve on Lojsta Heath, around 80 Gotland Ponies wander freely in three grazing areas covering more than 1600 acres.
Stora Karlsö (Big Karlsö)
The Big Karlsö island is located in the sea off the west coast of Gotland. The entire island is a nature reserve that provides numerous unforgettable experiences. The only way to reach the island is by ferry from Klintehamn. During the summer season there are daily ferries to the island.
The best sandy beach on the entire western part of the island. There are ice cream sellers, an outdoor pool, restaurants, camping and plenty of water sport equipment for hire here.
Long sandy beaches, sea stack fields and small picturesque villages characterise eastern Gotland. Here you'll find the heritage bathing resort Ljugarn, lovely little fishing villages and a rich cultural life, among many other attractions.
Just north of Ljugarn village and beach is Folhammar, one of Gotland's magnificent sea stack fields.
The Gotland Train in Dalhem
At the Gotland Train in Dalhem you're given the chance to travel through time in a culturally protected environment. On board a steam train you get the chance to experience what it was like travelling around Gotland in the time of your grandfather's youth. Open during the summer season.
The Gotland coast has an abundance of old fishing villages. One of the most beautiful and well preserved of these is Grynge, where around 20 fishing cabins from the 18th and 19th century are lined up by the sea.
The Torsburgen Nature Reserve is home to the rare Gotlandssippa (Anemone pulsatilla spp. gotlandica) flower, several thousand year old caves and the largest ancient castle in the Nordic countries.
The south of Gotland has more woods and greenery than the rest of the island. The landscape is varied with both pine and deciduous trees, agricultural land and fantastic beaches.
Bottarve Museum Farm
When you arrive at Bottarve Museum Farm you step straight into the 19th century. The museum is open during the summer season and organises exhibitions, activities for the kids, lectures and theatre shows - and of course guided tours around the beautiful farm.
Hoburgsgubben is one of the most famous sea stacks on Gotland. It is located in Sundre on the southern tip of Gotland.
Holmhällar is a fantastic place for a day trip, with a large sea stack field, beautiful views over the island of Heligholmen and fantastic swimming during the summer.
Kattlund Museum Farm
Kattlund Museum Farm in Grötlingbo shows what life on a Gotland farm would have been like during medieval times. Open during the summer season.