Regionförbundet I Kalmars län.
Well, this a organisation which works to market all tourist attractions in Småland and Öland. They have their office in Kalmar. You can call them 0480 - 44 83 30 or you can go to the web page at www.smalandocholand.com.
Windmills of Oland
Once across that 6km bridge you have about 400 windmills around the island of Oland to see! Im rather partial to windmills and just in a half an hour drive I came across about 15 and they were not all the same design!
Theres a lighthouse at each end of the island ie North and South ends. and there is a huge castle, though in ruins, but its a castle and its well regarded for visiting at the main town of Oland.
Plus there are beaches - with roads the full length of the island you can go for it!
Next to Kalmar lies the island off Öland. It's connected with the mainland by a long bridge. The south part off the island is a huge heather field. (According to the LP going for a place on the world heritage list) It's a strange place with alot off prehistoric sights along the edges.
The North side is more like the mainland with some woods and fields. It is a popular vacationspot for the Swedish. But we going there way out off season didn't notice any off it. Just as well.
Overall impression is that is very different from the mainland. Wel worth a visit though but only by your own car i think.
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THE ROYAL SHIP KRONAN
TECHNICAL DATA on the KRONAN MAN-OF-WAR.
The KRONAN was laid down at the Skeppsholmen shipyard in STOCKHOLM on October 7 1665 and launched on July 31st 1668.
The ship was designed and built by FRANCIS SHELDON, an Englishman.
Its displacementd has been calculated at 2,200 tons.
The overall length was 53 metres and its width was 14,50 metres.
Its armament of 124-128 cannon was spread over 2 full-width cannon decks and stern, fo'cs'l and cabin deck.
Their total weight is estimated about 230 tons which is GIGANTIC.
The collection of relics from the ill-fated KRONAN, which blew up and sank off the coast of öland, is the main exhibition of the KALMAR COUNTY MUSEUM.
It includes the major part of the itemd and treasures that have been salvaged and preserved - everything from unique bronze cannon, copper & silver coins, plates & jugs, musical instruments, chessmen, seamen's chests, clay pipes, rings & other jewellery, stockings, shoes and - perhaps most exciting of all - the largest gold treasure-trove ever found in SWEDEN.
One set-piece takes us to the sea-bed, to the site of the wreck, where we can see how pieces of wreckage are strewn around and how the divers have dug downwards...
By means of a multislide presentation, the visitor can follow the course of the battle which led to the destruction of the KRONMAN and a giant video screen enables us to accompany the marine archaeologists around the wreck and also to watch the fascinating but often hard and heavy work they carry out.
The HIGHLIGHTS of the exhibition are the faithful copies of the middle gun deck and the captain's cabin: you will feel as if you are really there....itis dark, you hear the noises they must have heard, smell the smells....
This really is an exciting chapter of SWEDISH HISTORY, the country's period as a great POWER IN THE 17th Century, reflected in the biggest warship of its time!
BTW thefamous VASA (WASA) WAS very much smaller than the KRONAN, but do go and see the VASA: unforgettable..
Enjoy this museum / exhibition!
You can have a guided walk around KALMAR on your own, though this may sound strange but....the brochure 'WALK IN KALMAR - ON YOUR OWN" can be bought at the Tourist Bureau (address below).
This brochure shows you the way to KALMAR'S idyllic corners and historic sights.
It guides you through the centre of KALMAR and on to the Town Park, the Castle and the Old Town.
Price 30 Swedish Crowns is about 4 euro/USD
Citytours with a guide: WEDNESDAYS during July at 6PM.
Meeting point: KALMAR TURISTBYRA.
Price 70 Swedish Crowns is about 8,50 euro/USD
Perfect to really DISCOVER KALMAR....