This large and well managed place, having in the center, in evidence, the church, is surrounded by several beautiful buildings, composing an harmonious ensemble.
The pavement was renovated in 2003, however, the ladies in our group didn't feel very comfortable...
I had planned to Kalmar the visit of the castle, referred in my guide as an impressive construction from the 12th century, rebuilt in the 16th to transform it in a palace.
Bad luck, we arrived too late, and only could admire it from outside.
Even in the dusk, however, we could notice the strenght of the fortification and the harmony of the whole.
The Cathedral (Domkyrkan is the finest baroque church in the country. It was built between 1600 - 1702, designed by TESSIN THE OLDER with ROME'S early Baroque churches a model.
Don't miss the opportunity to enter.....light abd powerful is the space that reminds you of the fact that the church was built during the period of great power.
The magnificent RETABLE from 1712 is designed by TESSIN THE YOUNGER.....
The CATHEDRAL is coated with bronze which because of the influence of all seasons has become green.
The VAULTING inside is some 23 metres in height resting on heavy and massive lonic pilasters. The church is wonderfully high and light and in front of the altar is a wonderful modern FONT of öland limestone in the shape of the Ark of Salvation, a wonderful ship with golden sails.
Kalmar castle was originally built in the 12th century. The central building is surrounded by a wall and a moat. It is also located on the coast.
There is an entrance fee to get into the main building and it is well worth visiting.
The lans museet in Sweden vary in size and contents. I think we visited every lans museet in every city we visited.
This was certainly one of the nicest. Located on the harbourside in a big old warehouse.
It has a varied, colorfull display of its local history dating from prehistoric times to the turn of the last century. Very much the usual things but displayed in such a way that it was fun to look at.
A big part of this museum is the resurrection history of the Kronan. A war ship that sunk in the Baltic Sea. It shows the history from that period, the treasures they found, a scale model etc.
The Kalmar Castle is probably the most famous sight-seeing spot in this city. Its magnificent and beautiful. You must visit. Its nice to walk around the exterior banks and take pictures. The castle used to be Sweden's most important strategic fort during13-17 centuries.
Once the longest bridge in Europe this bridge takes you across the sea to the 150 km long but narrow island of Oland. The bridge connects from close to the city centre but if you are driving follow the numerous signs giving directions to the bridge which takes you out onto the motorway that circles the town centre and then onto the bridge.
There is no toll or charge to cross this bridge with 2 lanes in each direction but clear speed limit signs and speed cameras quite visible to ensure that there is no speeding.
Once on the island you have about 400 windmills, lighthouses at each northern and southern tip, historical sites such as the remains of the huge castle at Borgholm, the 'capital' of Oland, numerous swimming areas with holiday and camping resorts, amusement park and zoo. There are buses that connect all main towns from Kalmar.
Kalmar castle was built to protect the people that lived around it from enemies that tries to enter the land acrossed the water. Later on several kings lived in the castle like Charles XI.
The castle can be seen from the inside and outside. Outside you can walk around it and take a walk 'high' and 'low'. High is at the surrounding walls and low is at the ground. Inside you can take a look at the chapel, the bedroom of the king and other nice rooms.
Kalmar Castle, located near the site of Kalmar's medieval harbor, has played a crucial part in Swedish history since its initial construction as a fortified tower in the 12th century. King Magnus Ladulås ordered the construction of a fortress around the tower in the 1280s, and was further expanded in the centuries that followed.
One of the most significant political events took place at Kalmar Castle in 1397, when the Kalmar Union was formed - a union of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, organized by Queen Margaret I of Denmark.
The fortress was improved during the 16th century under the direction of King Gustav Vasa and his sons Eric XIV and John III, who turned the medieval fortress into a castle fit for a renaissance king. Today, it is one of Sweden's best preserved renaissance castles.
It huge, you can see it from afar dominating this town. A tour will show why it is so big, and explain about its most important habitants of this castle and the Treaty of Kalmar. A peace treaty between Sweden and Denmark.
When i was there, the big hall was reserved for a modern art gallery. Mostly glass works. No wonder i think because the main glas make area (Glassrikett) is further in land.
The Krusenstiernska House...
This is a middle-class home from the 19th Century, only 200 metres away from the CASTLE, in the Old Part of the town.
The house is a completely furnished MUSEUM and is open to visitors during the SUMMER.
The garden is also open to visitors who can walk there or....enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the CAFETARIA....
A cosy corner.....near the colossal CASTLE...
The STADSPARKEN is situated just beside the CASTLE.
It was laid out in 1887 - 1880, at the expense of a local businessman - Johan Jeansson - whose bust has been in a central position in the park since 1937.
The old VASA MONUMENT is also here; it was moved here from STENSö (where my camping is, see TIP) point in 1897.
The park contains a proliferation of flowers, bushes and trees, many of exotic character such as BAMBOO, PLANE, TEMPLE TREES, WALNUT and CAUCASIAN WING NUT.
After the park was opened in 1880, the Royal Secretary, wrote in one of the town's newspapers that "In the Spadsparken one can breathe in health and beauty and enjoy the scent of summer in the shade of the groups of trees".
So what better could I and can YOU do than wander around and about and enjoy it all??
Note: there are guided tours: ask at the Turistbyra, ölandkajen 9 KALMAR, more info below...
The "Marin Museum".
The Maritime museum is housed in a genuine KALMAR milieu at "KATTRUPAN".
Its impressive collection consists of 5000 objects such as : model ships, navigational instruments and examples of seamen's work, together with many other objects which give a broad picture of MARITIME HISTORY.
And I can tell you that is was as intersting as my words above describe!
The museum is famous for the rarities in its collection and that is TRUE & makes it so very attractive.
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....
The MEDIEVAL CORE of KALMAR, which is today known as GAMLA STAN, lies right beside the castle.
There are still imposing houses dating back to the 17th and 18th Century.
The quarter offers interesting CULTURAL and HISTORICAL walk, either privately or as a guided tour: for info there is the KALMAR TOURIST OFFICE.....ölandskajen 9, 391 20 KALMAR......see below
It is also here in the GAMLA STAND that you will find the KONST MUSEUM...worthy of a visit.