On Gotland, you don’t have to travel very far to see the sun rise and watch it sink into the sea on the same day. The sea is always close by. Here you’ll find beaches, sea-stacks, Gotland ponies, historical sites and trendy shopping malls along with a few useful tips before you set off. This is Gotland. Pure and simple…

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Gotland is more than just beaches. The island’s interior has many treasures as well. Lush green meadows and any number of historical sites lie hidden in the central parts of our island.

Roma is the chief town of central Gotland. Shopping centre, schools and workplaces, including Lövsta landsbygdscentrum, which runs rural development programmes,

Culture and history on central Gotland

Roma Kungsgård, a meeting place for a thousand years, is now very much a crafts centre, with plenty of fun for the whole family. Every summer, the Roma Theatre Company stages Shakespeare plays in the ruined monastery. Norrbys, in Väte, is one of the museum estates run by the Gotland Historical Museum. Here, in both the buildings and garden, time has stood still since the 1940s. A nature and culture trail winds its way through the leafy surroundings.

And yes, there are trains on Gotland! At Hesselby station in Dalhem, you can board the steam train Gotlandståget for a return trip to Eken one kilometre down the line. Find out what it was like travelling by train during the early 20th century. The Dunbodi country shop museum shows how and what people bought at the store in days gone by. This particular shop was built in 1903 and has now been restored to its original condition. Dunbodi is at Dune in Dalhem.

If you’re interested in history and vestiges of the past, then Gotland is for you. Seldom has history been so easily accessible, so varied or as special as here.  Gotland’s 10,000 years of history have left extraordinarily rich remains and bear witness to an island culture that is distinctly its own. Experience Gotland’s history on your own or in a group, in Visby or out in the country, as a participant or as an observer. All round the year, festivals, lectures, walks, stage performances and music help keep our history alive, entertaining and informative.

However, the Middle Ages don’t just come to Gotland in Medieval Week. You can experience medieval tournaments throughout the summer. See the knights jousting to win the maiden’s favour! You’ll find more information about this in our Events Calendar.

Did you know there are still Vikings on Gotland – at least in Vikingabyn. Shoot arrows, make mats, throw axes or play traditional Gotland games – these are just a few of the things you can try in Vikingabyn.

What was it like to be a child on 17th century Gotland? At the Bunge Museum you can see historical houses, and try traditional games. Challenge Mum and Dad in the tangling game called ‘rövkrok’!

Stroke the sheep and enjoy a snack at the cosy café at Bottarvegården, a traditional Gotland farm that shows you what farms were like in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Large and small children alike, and for that part child-at-heart adults, usually find plenty with which to fill their Gotland visit. This is one of the reasons that Gotland has won the Children’s Tourist Award two times in a row.

Did you know there are trains on Gotland? In the summer you can actually ride on a steam train from Hesselby station in Dalhem. Read more about the Gotland Railway Museum. Fancy making a pot? Etelhem Pottery has drop-in pottery sessions during the summer, and at other times by arrangement. Football golf, axe-throwing or carting. What do you fancy? Mix Ranch has fun activities for all the family. Roma Kungsgård has activities all year round. Viking camps, princess school and knighting are just a few of the activities. Pedal cars for the younger children and go-carts for the older ones are available at the Gotland Veteran Car Museum. And don’t miss the chance to see the fine veteran cars.