...the creator of Father Christmas, Jenny Nyström, was born in Kalmar in 1854. ...Erik XIV had a secret escape route via the royal privy at Kalmar Castle. ...potato dumplings and Kalmar flounder are two well-known dishes from here. ...Gustav III had a royal distillery at Kalmar Castle. ...there are about 64,500 bolts in the Öland Bridge. ...Kalmar’s city arms are the Nordic region’s oldest. ...in Kalmar there are two extremely rare handkerchief trees, that bloom in spring like fluttering white handkerchiefs. ...Kalmar has twice been awarded Europe’s finest architectural prize, Europa Nostra. ...you see only about one-third of the Öland Bridge. The remaining two-thirds was erected under the surface of the water. ...the Old Water Tower has been converted to attractive flats, which are somewhat difficult to furnish with their curved walls. ...”Kalmar” is an old Swedish word that means stony ground or stone embankment.
Kalmar County museum is found in a big building that once contained Kalmar steam mill. The museum offers exhibitions throughout the year. The biggest exhibition presents the warship “Kronan” that sank at the south coast of Öland 1676. In addition, the museum presents temporary exhibitions on current social and cultural topics.
During the last few hundred years a great number of the men of Kalmar have been employed in building ships at "Varvsholmen" (the "Ship Yard Island") for Swedish as well as foreign ship owners. It is their history, and at the same time the shipping history of Kalmar, which is exhibited at Kalmar Maritime Museum. Seamen of all categories and their families have generously contributed to the creation of this museum by donating objects of many kinds.
In one hour, you’ll discover a Kalmar you never knew existed. Even though Kalmar is a beautiful town from land, it’s even more exciting and splendid from the water. A trip on the Kalmarflundran takes you around Kvarnholmen – the island that is now the centre of Kalmar.
Kalmar City Park is situated beside the castle. Johan Jeansson, a merchant of the town, a bust of whom has stood in the park since 1937, was the driving force behind the park project, and his donation enabled the park to be laid out between 1877 and 1880. The old "Vasa" monument also stands here, moved from Stensö in 1879.
Skälby is one of the many green areas located close to the city. The animals and well-preserved buildings of the 4H farm preserves the feel of an old farm. The area is child-friendly, closed to traffic, and features a large playground. Visit the rabbits, pigs, cows, chickens, goats, sheep, horses and cats that live here. Everyone is welcome to the farm!
In our beautiful castle café we serve warm lunches, fantastic pastries and home-made bread. This time of year you are not required to pay the entrance fee to the castle if you only wish to visit the café. Afterwards, should you decide you want to see the rest of the castle, you can always buy a ticket in the castle shop.
You can travel to Kalmar by car, bus, train, air or boat. There are bus lines to Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö as well as daily train connections to Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö/Copenhagen. The Copenhagen train stops at Kastrup Airport for connection with international and other airlines. Kalmar Airport is only about ten minutes by car from the city centre and has several daily connections with Arlanda and Bromma. Charter flights also go to popular destinations. www.kalmarolandairport.se www.sas.se www.flygbra.se
There are parking places for mobile homes at the tourist office. The fee is 200 SEK and that includes access to the service building with toilets and showers and electricity. Free wireless internet is also included in the fee. Payment is made at the tourist office or to the guest harbor master. Call us in advance if you will arrive when the office is closed.