Panorama Kalmar


In Kalmar you feel the wings of history no matter where you are. On Kvarnholmen, the city center of Kalmar, you will find large remains of the old city wall, impressive squares and several well preserved buildings dating from the 17th century. The truly old Kalmar can be experienced in the Old town. A lot of it lies below ground, but you can still walk through the meandering alleys with cobble stone streets and see the small, ancient houses. Here you will also find the beautiful Kalmar Castle with a long and exciting history dating back more than 800 years.

There are always plenty of interesting exhibitions to see in Kalmar, both at the various attractions and the smaller art galleries. There are also a lot of events being held in Kalmar, music, theatre, food and sporting events to mention a few. Kalmar has both the sea and the forest nearby, offering wonderful nature experiences. Scenic trails, lush parks, lovely beaches and water activities can be found here. Kalmar has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, smaller boutiques as well as large shopping centers. There are plenty of places to stop for a cosy cup of coffee, or a tasty bite to eat


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Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle boasts a long and exciting history. This is where the Kalmar union was signed in 1397, and in the 16th century, the castle was modernised by the Vasa kings. Even if most things still look like they did in 1592, there are always new things to discover. There are interesting exhibitions, guided tours, and events to participate in.

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Kalmar Cathedral

Kalmar Cathedral is located in the main square, and was finished in 1703. It was designed with inspiration from the Renaissance churches of Rome. The cathedral is well preserved, and considered one of the most important monuments of the Swedish Empire. Inside is a magnificent Baroque altar.

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The man-of-war Kronan

At Kalmar county museum, there is an exhibition on the man-of-war Kronan, the most magnificent ship of the Swedish Empire. Kronan sank in the 17th century and many intriguing items have been salvaged from the wreck since it was rediscovered in 1980. The finds tell the story about life on board, and give us a glimpse of life in the 17th century.

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Kalmar Art Museum

The Kalmar Art Museum has an international profile, and is considered an important Swedish institution of art. There are several exciting exhibitions here, as well as recurring artists’ talks and seminars to attend. The museum’s activities for kids and young people are very popular. The building is located in the city park.

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The Krusenstierna garden

This garden is a well-preserved city garden from the 1800s. It was donated to the City of Kalmar about 70 years ago, after being owned by the Krusenstierna family for many years. From May through September you can visit this lovely place, to enjoy its flower beds, the café and the little museum showing what the main building was like in the 1800s.

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