the city of roses
By Jonas Tyden
July 9, 2008 | VISBY, Sweden -- I spent this past
week in Visby, which is the capital city on Gotland.
Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea. It
is a very beautiful island, and approximately 50,000
people live on Gotland year around.
The people who live on Gotland are mainly farmers,
but the inhabitants also make a lot of money from tourism.
Every summer a lot of tourists visit the island and
the island has a lot of summer residents. Especially
hectic are the last weeks of July and the first weeks
Visby is the biggest city on Gotland and approximately
20,000 people live there year around. It is a beautiful
city with a lot of history, and in the medieval times
it was a major merchandise city, since it is located
in between Sweden and the Baltic countries. The city's
harbor was used as a meeting point for people from all
over northern Europe.
Visby is surrounded by a magnificent wall called "Ringmuren,"
which translated as "the Ring wall." The 3.5-kilometer
wall stretches around the city in a circle and the wall
has a total of 44 towers. In the past the wall was a
good defense for the city and even thoguh it was built
in the 1200s it is well preserved. Today the wall is
a popular tourist attraction and people from all over
the world have seen it.
The tiny streets of Visby are full of roses and therefore
the city has the nickname "the city of roses."
The medieval week is the main attraction of the Gotlandish
summer. There are a lot of activites during that week
and many people are dressed in medieval clothing.
In the afternoons a lot of people go to the "after
beach" at Kallbadshuset to talk or have drinks. Visby
can offer everyone something and leaves no one dissapointed.