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Kalmar Castle

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

This castle carry major Swedish historical events. But even if you're not interested in history... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Nicely Preserved and Presented Castle

Perhaps because of the blustery winds, we could well imagine life in the castle during its heyday... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
La Jolla, California
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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.
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“guided tour” (11 reviews)
“worth a visit” (11 reviews)
“few hours” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Kungsgatan, Kalmar 392 33, Sweden
+46 480 45 14 90
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This castle carry major Swedish historical events. But even if you're not interested in history, the castles' premises provide an amazing view. We didn't take the tour inside. But the castle itself is worth a visit.

Thank Hermanadelviento
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps because of the blustery winds, we could well imagine life in the castle during its heyday. The costumed interpreters offer great tidbits if you are lucky enough to spot them so be sure to ask for information! There are several different permanent castle exhibits...More

Thank worldexplorer88_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a few hours exploring Kalmar slott with kids. It seems as though large portions of the castle are open to the public. Good seasonal exhibits and a tasteful gift shop. The restaurant inside the main walls is a reason to visit in and of...More

Thank H G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is attractive and overlooks the water towards Oland. The outer walls can be viewed for free but to view the interior there is a charge. The staff were welcoming, and dressed in period costume. There are guided tours in Swedish and English, or...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Today we visited the castle. It's a very nice castle with great rooms to see. Disabled persons can reach a part of the castle because there is an elevator. In the room with the Medici family information, there are puppets made by paper, it's really...More

Thank H.M. V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kalmar Castle is renowned rightfully so. It is a memory of Swedish history, read about the wars of 1610's and Kalmar union. The walls are accessible free of charge round the clock, and give a great vantage point over Öland and the Kalmar harbor. For...More

1  Thank Guillaume R
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Arrived too late to see the inside but we were kind of tired of seeing the inside of so many similar castles. The exterior is one of the best preserved and maintained as well as cutest we have seen. Also location. Visit the old cemetary...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Was down at Oland for wedding in Borgholm castle went down to see Kalmar and Ikea massive also went to the Kalmar castle very nice and clean I worked for a Swedish firm called Kalmar at that time This was a good few years ago...More

Thank william b
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Decided to visit Kalmar because I read that the castle was the most beautiful in the country, if that is true I am bit sorry for Sweden, it is an amazingly beautiful country but I was not impressed by this castle

Thank ProfessorSassaroli
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I've only gone inside of the castle one time to visit all of the chambers. It is nicely curated with plaques in English giving you a sense of the major historical events as well as day-to-day life. I haven't eaten at the restaurant but my...More

1  Thank AGuthrie80
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We will be coming directly from the train before we can check into our hotel -- is there a secure place to store luggage at Kalmar Castle?
28 July 2016|
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Response from dragkalle | Reviewed this property |
I´m sorry, but the answer must be negative. Why don´t you njust leave your luggage in your hotel? They always have secure luggage rooms. Welcome to Kalmar!
what is the cost for senior admission and how much time should be allowed for the tour of the castle.
18 May 2015|
Response from Elin J | Property representative |
Price of Admission 2015 for seniors: January - March 90 SEK April - 21 June 100 SEK 22 June - 9 August 110 SEK 10 August - September 100 SEK October - December 90 SEK A guided tour through the castle is 45 minutes long. But... More
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