Kalmar, Sweden

Introduction to Kalmar, Sweden

Kalmar is most famous for its castle which played a crucial part in shaping Sweden’s history.

A long-established seaport, Kalmar is a commercial centre that respects and preserves its historic heritage. The Kalmar Union of Denmark, Norway and Sweden was established here between 1397 and 1523, and it was from Kalmar that the earliest Swedish emigrants left to build a new life in North America. The town centre still has many buildings from that time, not to mention the finest Renaissance castle in Sweden, complete with moat and a drawbridge. A short walk away is the massive Kalmar Cathedral, dating from the late 17th century.
Kalmar is an important cultural centre, and the Konstmuseum is dedicated mainly to the work of Swedish painters, architects and designers. In an old mill alongside the waterfront is the County Museum, featuring recovered wreckage and artefacts from the royal flagship Kronan, which sank in 1676 and which is still being excavated by the museum.

 

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