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Kalmar Castle

1 Kungsgatan, Kalmar 392 33, Sweden
+46 480 45 14 90
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Suggestion take pictures outside and head to Malmo or Stockholm. Nothing spectacular inside, apart... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Houston, Texas
An Enjoyable Visit to a Historic Castle

It's well worth a visit to Kalmar Castle. The rooms are amazing and you can practically feel the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Kungsgatan, Kalmar 392 33, Sweden
+46 480 45 14 90
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Suggestion take pictures outside and head to Malmo or Stockholm. Nothing spectacular inside, apart from probably the room with 17 shades wooden picture walls. Even then they are not original. We thought the dark room tour was worth a visit and came back, another mistake....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's well worth a visit to Kalmar Castle. The rooms are amazing and you can practically feel the history. If you're near Kalmar, you can't pass up a chance to visit the castle.

Thank 48NYSV
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't get to go inside but just walking around outside was worth the trip. The surrounding area has some charming little houses too. Would love to go back and go inside.

Thank CalgaryGirl26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is in very good conditions, the position is very nice and there are a lot of activities, especially for children. The guided tour with Erik was the best part because we learned a lot of interesting and curious facts regarding life at the...More

Thank Alice N
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is Kalmar's price and joy. Steeped in history. Very interesting. Number one spot to visit in this sweet town. Worth the visit.

Thank seetheworld010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is located close to the city center and right by the city park. You may struggle to find parking so plan to walk there! The castle is in great shape and offers interesting exhibits from its history and also some contemporary exhibits. You...More

Thank MHHed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've seen other buildings and/or castles built during this time period, I would skip this one unless you have small kids. They make an effort to make it fun for smaller kids. They had a 'sword fight' while we were there. The tour was...More

Thank AmyH_Travels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning castle. I had an Englush hour. The Guido was exstremelu good. Lost of studies about rally live. But alsof ie you go on an individuel tour, you wil find explanation everywhere. In summertime kids can do all kind of plays, placing them back in...More

Thank koos1950
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This extraordinary castle was built in the 12th century and is alive to tell the tale! After several centuries of neglect, it was restored in the 19th century. A major highlight was the chapel with its vaulted ceilings: great acoustics. Often there are two weddings...More

1  Thank Pamwiltravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there with our kids, five and ten years old. Although the kids activities was very fun and the actors/guides were good the actual mission of becoming a "knight" was very confusing. Our oldest had to go through a very embarrassing knighting ceremony which...More

Thank Svante A
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2 July 2017|
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Response from alicia07850 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend the restaurant at Kalmar castle. I ordered a really tasty salmon there. If you are anyway going to Kalmar castle, its restaurant is a really good choice and it's pretty price worth.
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2 July 2017|
Response from Richard W | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I only spent one night there and the castle was not open. We arrived too late. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant. Sorry I cannot remember the hotel name. The dinner was pricey but was one of my most memorable... More
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!