The Battle of Visby

A walking tour game based on the true events of the Danish invasion in 1361

2.8 km
Start location
End location
By the Gotland museum
1.5 hour(s)
Age rating

79 kr

Read this in — English, Svenska

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Read this in — English, Svenska

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Tour starting point

This tour starts by the big tree on the corner of Artilleribacken. Sigge the cat is hiding in the tree, but he'll come down and join you for a walk.


This passageway through the city wall was opened in 1879, to make it possible for the horse-drawn artillery to exit the city, and to make transport from the city easier.


Söderport (South gate) was likely constructed between 1300-1350, when the city wall was elevated. The gate became an important entrance point to the city.


The area around this square was sparsely populated for a long time, there were even pastures and a windmill here in the 1600s. A military exercise field was built here in the 1700s.


There was no gate here at the time of the Battle of Visby. This gate was constructed in 1661, when a local farmer wanted to herd her cattle to a pasture outside the city wall.

The Battlefield

This is where the Battle of Visby took place in 1361. Valdemar Atterdag’s Danish army of 2000 soldiers defeated the poorly equipped farmers who were trying to protect Visby.


The Battle of Visby is also called the Battle of Korsbetningen (Cross pasture). A mass grave with a stone cross honoring the fallen farmers was established in the pasture after the battle.


When the Battle of Visby was over and the Gotlandic farmers had been defeated, Valdemar Atterdag and his army marched into the city through Söderport (the south gate).

Lookout point

From this beautiful lookout point you can see the harbor area, and to the southwest you can see the stone church ruins of St: Per and St: Hans, built in the 1100s and 1200s.

Stora torget

This is the location of the S:ta Karin church ruin, built in the early 1200s. Construction of an addition was halted in the mid 1300s, most likely due to Valdemar Atterdag conquering the city in 1361.

The Wine house

This used to be a lively gathering place during the 1200-1300’s, then called Rolandstorget. The so-called wine house, which housed city hall, was located here.

Dubbens gränd

On the left side of Dubbens gränd (alley) is the Liljehornska house, a grand warehouse built around 1234. This white building is Northern Europe’s tallest warehouse from the 1200s.

Locations you'll visit on this tour:

  • The Visby city wall and main gates
  • The battle field location
  • The mass grave of the fallen Gotlanders
  • A city lookout point
  • The main square
  • The S:t Katarina church ruin
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