10 Things to Do in Kalmar That You Shouldn't Miss

February 27, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Kalmar is a city in the southeast of Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. It had 36,392 inhabitants in 2010 and is the seat of Kalmar Municipality. It is also the capital of Kalmar County, which comprises 12 municipalities with a total of 236,399 inhabitants (2015).
Restaurants in Kalmar

1. Kalmar Castle

1 Kungsgatan, Kalmar 392 33, Sweden +46 480 45 14 90
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Kalmar Castle

The history of this legendary castle goes back 800 years. For a long time, Kalmar Castle was an important fortification and known as the key to the kingdom because of its strategical location. The Swedish-Danish border was located only a short distance to the south, because Scania and Blekinge were Danish territories at the time. Kalmar Castle was given its current design during the 16th century, when the Vasa kings Gustav, Erik XIV and Johan III rebuilt the medieval castle and made it into a Renaissance palace, furnished and decorated in continental fashion. Even before then the castle had played an important role in Nordic politics, for example as the location for the signing of the Kalmar Union in 1397. This event was celebrated during the whole year of 1997, the union's 600th anniversary. Kalmar Castle is a symbol for Kalmar. The castle's history features international politics, court intrigues, fiery sieges and fierce battles. Today the castle is vibrant and lively place where many people visit.

Reviewed By niteowljune - Huntersville, North Carolina

Great tour of this masterpiece. Loved going in all the nooks and crannies and seeing the mannequins dressed in clothing of all the periods. The attached cemetery is beautiful as well. To get a great view take a 10 minute walk to Kalmarsundparken badplats to...MoreThank you for giving us nice feedback! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Kalmar Castle. We agree, the view of the castle i fantastic from Kalmarsundsparken. Welcome back!

2. Olandsbron

Kalmarsund | Route 137, Kalmar, Sweden
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Olandsbron

Reviewed By Karl-David H - Stockholm, Sweden

As you can see, it is actually hard to enjoy the bridge whilst on it. Driving a narrow lane at 100 km/h requires attention to other things... But of course, the passengers can enjoy a nice view of the Kalmar strait (Kalmarsund), Öland and the city of Kalmar. However, if you want to have the best view of the bridge, Öland and the strait I do recommend a visit to Varvsholmen (look it up in the map), the most eastern of Kalmars small Islands. If you park your car on one of the public parkings (only 30 kr per day), you can take a 70 m stroll to the small sea wall. The wall is broad enough for you to host a picnic with a beautiful view! Of course it can be a little bit windy, but thats the charm of the sea!

3. Kalmar County Museum

Skeppsbrogatan 51 | Angkvarnen, Kalmar 391 21, Sweden +46 480 45 13 00
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Kalmar County Museum

Reviewed By tallpinesCO - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This museum has a delightful exhibit on the prolific Swedish painter Jenny Nystrom. Her family willed her entire collection of work, and many artifacts of her life, to the museum. She popularized the Swedish Tomten elf with her charming book and card illustrations. There's a very nice illustrated book about her, in English, in the shop.
There are also a really fascinating series of exhibits about a 17th century warship that sank and battle and was recovered in 1986 (I think). It was found by the same man who located the spectacular Vasa ship in Stockholm. Recovery of artifacts continues with dives each summer. I think it was not possible to raise the entire ship, but the artifacts are truly amazing. There are many well-done reconstructions explaining shipboard life and sea battle tactics.
I think children would have a wonderful time at this fine museum. There's a charming cafe and a nice shop.

4. Kalmar Cathedral

Stortorget, Kalmar, Sweden +46 480 123 00
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4 based on 130 reviews

Kalmar Cathedral

Reviewed By French S - Louisiana

We enjoyed our visit to the Kalmar Cathedral. This Cathedral is still active and enjoyable to visit.

5. Skalby 4H-gard

Skalbyallen, Kalmar 393 51, Sweden +46 480 237 79
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Skalby 4H-gard

Reviewed By pman71 - Greater London, United Kingdom

Took two 10 year old city boys - they loved watching the geese and chickens, petting the rabbits and goats, and feeding apples to the horses. There's also a great play area for children of all ages - and a very reasonable cafe for drinks, snacks and ice creams. The boys enjoyed it so much we went back 2 or 3 times during our week's holiday visiting family.

Sodra Langgatan 39, Kalmar 391 26, Sweden +46 480 45 00 00
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Stadsparken

Reviewed By Ana L - Boliden, Sweden

Nice green area in the center of the town, very well kept. Perfect for running and relaxing. Playgrounds for kids.

7. A world of Dinosaurs

Tingby gard, Kalmar 395 91, Sweden +46 480 49 57 00
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A world of Dinosaurs

Reviewed By Wilja_of_Lovund - Northern Norway, Norway

Our boy (and us) will never forget the visit at tingly gård the summer of 2015. Absolutely brilliant attraction. we where in awe.

8. Klackeberga Kyrka

Klackebergavagen | Kläckeberga, Kalmar, Sweden +46 480 44 71 80
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Klackeberga Kyrka

Reviewed By Tigram1 - Kalmar, Sverige

This is a very nice country church with lots of history. it's a small tidy church for people living around. If you pass around have a look its really special.

9. Stortorget

Stortorget, Kalmar, Sweden
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Stortorget

Reviewed By Zofia F - Northern Poland, Poland

Zwykle senne i spokojne miejsce - plac przed katedrą. Stąd rozchodzą się kawiarniano-sklepowe uliczki. To tutaj odbywają się koncerty, a ostatnio zawody "strongmenów".

10. Kalmar Konstmuseum

1D Slottsvaegen, Kalmar 392 33, Sweden +46 480 42 62 82
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3 based on 23 reviews

Kalmar Konstmuseum

Reviewed By Kurt M - Malmo, Sweden

If you don't have the time or interest to visit this interesting museum at least go for a walk in the surrounding Gardens, stretch your legs, breathe fresh air and enjoy the many statues.

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