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“Nice castle (but under construction when we went there)”
Review of Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Kalmar
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 October 13, 2012

From the castle, you have a great view over the water. There are still cannon to see and some flags when you enter the castle.
Although it was under construction when we went there, they tried to hide that because they painted the outlines of the castle onto the canvas cover. So it was not that obvious.

1  Thank Karithana
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Worth of visit, even that on September there is not so much services available. There is nice and good souvenirshop on entrance. Very good and helpful staff.

Thank janifin
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Many activities for the kids and an interesting lesson in swedish military history.

The café has sandwiches and lighter meals. If you are hungry, eat in town before your visit.

Thank johaneje
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Came to Kalmar to see this & not disappointed - take a guided tour to make the most of your experience

Thank oldwig
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

On our way to LegoLand in Denmark we took to the east coast of Sweden. We'd read very little of the city of Kalmar nor its castle. We had low expectations. Our breaths were taken away when the fortified castle came into our view. We parked and walked across the moat into the castle courtyard. There we discovered a wealth of things for us and the Grand Kids to do, The kids and us had a great time. This is a must visit castle. In the evening we had a good meal at the restaurant across the way from the castle.

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