Visby Cruises

Botanical Gardens
St. Mary's Cathedral
The Gallows Hill Point of View

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The city of Visby, on the island of Gotland, is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lauded for its majestic ancient wall and fascinating historical centre.

 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Botanical Gardens
• St. Mary's Cathedral
• The Gallows Hill Point of View
 
Visby is home to the glorious DBW Botanical Garden, affectionately known as the 'Botan'. Adjacent to the seashore, this 18th-century horticulturist’s paradise is home to fig, walnut, and empress trees, and other unique plants. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll stroll the pathways of the Botan where you’ll discover the romantic and fragrant rose nursery. Pause under the delightful gazebo, take in the giant redwood, or wander through the herb garden.
 
St. Mary’s Cathedral, also known as Visby Cathedral, is an outstanding 12th-century basilica, famed for its regal Romanesque style. Extended during the 13th century, it encompasses three naves, three towers, and two Gothic chapels. On a fascinating MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll admire the building’s magnificent interior — home to a valuable wooden sculpture of Christ and a Gothic Revival altarpiece. Then, discover the medieval tombstones of historical figures such as a former king of Sweden.
 
The Swedish Galgberget, or Gallows Hill, is a nature reserve on the island of Gotland. Its name derives from a trio of gallows that were used to hang criminals, built during the 13th century. Today, a circular stone wall survives along with three pillars that were utilized for the death sentences. The Galgberget is the only standing medieval execution site in Europe and makes for a thrilling MSC Cruises excursion. Afterwards, explore the island of Gotland before climbing the picturesque hillside. There, you’ll enjoy majestic views of the city of Visby and the pretty surrounding countryside.

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    Sweden

    Luxuriant woods and boundless spaces
    Luxuriant woods and boundless spaces

    A holiday to Sweden will show you principally a land of forests and lakes. Its towns and cities are small by European standards and are mostly located in the southern third of the country, where the majority of Swedes live.

    Of its cities, serenely beautiful Stockholm is supreme. Sitting elegantly on fourteen different islands, where the waters of Lake Mälaren meet the Baltic Sea, the city boasts some fantastic architecture, fine museums and by far the best culture and nightlife in the country.

    The 24,000 islands which comprise the Stockholm archipelago are a perfect antidote to the urban bustle, offering endless opportunities to explore unspoilt island villages and to go swimming.
    On the west coast, Gothenburg, the country’s second city, is another of Sweden’s most appealing destinations. Gothenburgers have a reputation for being among the friendliest people in Sweden, and the city’s network of canals and spacious avenues is reminiscent of Amsterdam, whose architects designed it.

    During an MSC Northern Europe cruise to Sweden you will discover that the south is the most cosmopolitan part of the country, owing to the proximity of Denmark and the rest of the European continent, and home to the glorious ancient university seat of Lund, while nearby Malmö, Sweden’s third city, heaves with youthful nightlife around its medieval core.