Gotland is a relaxing calming island in south East Sweden which is said to take your heart rate down. The 3,040 meter limestone wall around the well preserved Hanseatic capital of Visby, began construction around 1220 but in ernest in 1270 and took over 150 years to complete. It looks like a proper castle, re-inforced by 44 towers some as high as 20 meters. You might think being an island it was built because of attacks from abroad, but, it was built to protect the city from attacks by local farmers who were prohibited access to the city. However, it was larger powers who eventually breached the wall. The history is mixed, from stone age man, to Vikings and then German merchants. From the 13th century Visby was one of the main trading centres between East and West. in 1225 the huge St. Mary cathedral was consecrated, and it was used for worship and storing money and valuables. It has been restored and is worth visiting even for its many scary gargoyles, because it is the only religious building that survived the bickering throughout the centuries. There ruins of other churches everywhere and the St Catherine Church is an amazing huge ruin. There is a beautiful German looking square, which has throughout history held a market day. It is hard not to sit and have a beer here.

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St Kitts Fortress Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik STATUE OF LIBERTY TOUR

Doris Visits shares films on all the popular Baltic Destinations and tours so you can see what you are getting and plan ahead. Plus the Baltic chat site where others share knowledge. We can recommend the Changing Of The Guard in Stockholm, we loved Tallinn, it is our favourite cruise route. ‘‘Bruges Canal Boat’ tour is probably the best deal on the route. We show you various tours St Petersburg including ‘on your own with Audio guide‘ and ‘Ballet Evening‘. Then there is our ‘‘chocolate and happiness’ film from Bruges. You can get to Southampton Cruise Terminal by coach so, so cheaply and with no strain, have you ever considered it? If you have never cruised, and we are mainly a cruise site, then click here to see how to look at what cruising is.

SEE THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA

READ the CRUISE as you CRUISE the SEA. If you know a great novel set at a cruise destination, tell us and we will add it to the destination page and credit you with the suggestion and on which ship you read it. The Perfect Storm (click picture for free Kindle version with Kindle Library) takes place on a cruise ship throughout the Baltic Sea and is a very descriptive adventure. We have started to list novels set at Cruise locations and set on ships, but that is yet another long job we need your help with.

NOVELS SET ON SHIPS & AT CRUISE DESTINATIONS

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