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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.