Sweden’s largest Island is Gotland Island. It is also the largest island in the Baltic Sea and a very popular attraction for tourists. With an extensive history clear back to prehistoric times, Gotland Island hasn’t always been owned by Sweden. Gotland Island has plenty to do and it’s very easy to get to the island from the mainland. You can take a scenic 3 hour ferry ride or you can take advantage of Godland’s own airline and fly in.
Gotland Castle and Gotland Fornsal Museum
Visby is home to the most famous and most visited museum on this island. Boasting items from the Stone Age, Viking era and Medieval history this museum houses an extensive collection of Scandinavian history. Come in and see what life was like during the stone age. Learn about the Vikings and then tour the Medieval history area. You won’t be disappointed if you are fascinated by such historical events. Open Tuesdays to Sunday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., The Gotland Forsnal has exhibits that run for a few months at a time. Visit the online site to find out when your preferred exhibit is visiting.
This open air museum is one of the largest museums you can see in Sweden. If you’re looking to see what life was like in the 1600s, this is the place to see. Farmlands and farm houses make this a unique and intriguing museum to visit. Imagine what it was like to be a peasant in the 1600s. Picture yourself living in one of these original farmhouses. Picture all the hard work the farmers put in without the modern equipment of today’s farmer. If you would like a guided tour, call at least one day ahead. Famous for the 14th century fortified church, Bunge is well worth your visit as you tour this proud town.
Sankta Maria Cathedral
This must see cathedral is one of over 90 historical churches on the island. Built in the late 12th century it was originally to be used by the German Merchants as they were passing through the Visby Port. Imagine life in the late 12th century. At the time, this was one of the most modern buildings. Take a step back in time and picture yourself here.
St. Nokolai Church Ruins
Located in Visby’s city center, this is one of the highlights of any trip to Gotland Island. Named after patron saint of merchants from the Middle Ages, this church is now host to many concerts and cultural performances throughout the year.