I CAN ONLY SAY: GO THERE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW FINE A TOWN THIS IS...
Just go and see!
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is a wonderful place to visit, a great museum in a lovely modern building where soon you will forget where exactly you are because the exhibitions are so wonderful and exciting, mesmerizing even.There are PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS such as:1. THE ROAL SHIP KRONAN2. THE CANNONS OF THE KRONAN3. JENNY NYSTRöM - THE ARTIST4. THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF...more
This so called GREY HALL was built in 1553 and was decorated by Johan III in the1580s.The panelling has vanished but the 16th Century FRESCOES of the story of SAMSON are still there, albeit pale and difficult to decipher.The coffered celing and the fiteplace are from the 16th Century.The carved bed (1628) (see photograph) has the Arms of the Danish...more
In this photograph you see the CHEQUERED HALL of Kalmar Castle.This was the place where the COUNCEL had its meetings and where important diecions had to be made.....The inlaid woord workis most wonderful especially on a wonderfully sunny (but quite cold!) day!NOTE: see how thick the walls are.....no wonder I had gooseflesh all over me.......they...more
The history of this legendary castle strechtes back over 800 years!Its present appearance dates from the 16th CVentury, when the VASA KINGS rebuilt it in the style of a RENAISSANCE palace, with furnishings in the continental manner.The castle then saw its most golious period as a stronghold of ROYAL POWER, although it had already plaed an important...more
This church brought a big smile on my face. If you are a bit familair with art history and so on i am certain you will laugh with me as well :-).If i look at this church the first thing that strikes me is that is build like an jesuit church. The jesuits are a very catholic part of the Catholic church. Actually they were founded as a counter...more
Fiskaregatan 5, (formerly "Sweden Hotel"), Kalmar 39232, Sweden
Good for: Families
Skeppsbrogatan 26 (formerly Comfort Hotel), Kalmar 392 31, Sweden
Good for: Solo
Larmtorget 2, Kalmar 39232, Sweden
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
I like to eat soup with my meal, which appears to be uncommon in Scandinavia. This is the only restaurant I found that had onion soup. A small sidewalk patio for people watching. From my look in the window the inside is nicely decorated. The soup, 2 x0.5 L beers, chicken and coffee was, excluding tip, 308 SEK. Service could have been better.. The...more
We happened to meet a Dutch painter (married to a Swedish woman and living in Resmo on the Isle of öland) who invited us for coffee and dinner.....which of course was very hospitable....It was HE who gave the address of this special and lovely place to have lunch (in Kalmar).It is the former house of THE TWIN SISTERS who lived here for over 75...more
Kalmar airport is a regional airport and offers flights to Stockholm and Copenhagen. I've only used it a couple of times when I couldn't get Stockholm connections from Ronneby (Karlskrona), so I've only ever driven there.
There is a reasonable size car park and the facilities inside the airport are modern.
For more information, have a look at their website.
You can take many photos with the cannons in the background. You can shoot the serenity of the sea, hiking people, whispering lovers, playful children and animals.
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...more
An interesting day trip from Kalmar is to Oland Island. Due to the limited winter bus schedule I only visited Borgholm. Near there is Bla Ror, Oland's largest Bronze Age cairn. It is comprised of a large pile of boulders. Excavations carried out have uncovered a coffin, a cremation grave and bronze swords. Finds are in the museum in Borgholm...more
An interesting day trip from Kalmar is to Oland Island. Due to the limited winter bus schedule I only visited Borgholm. The castle is in ruins, although a large part still stands. A interesting art exhibit was there when I visited. Starting from the original 12th C castle, there was a series of extensions and improvements to the 15th C. There was...more