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Kalmar Castle, Kalmar
(4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
See firsthand how kings lived at Kalmar Castle, a 16th-century palace built in Renaissance-style architecture. The castle began as a round defensive tower in the 12th century, a powerful defensive compound strategically built just north of the Danish border. In 1397 it served as the crucial location for signing the Kalmar Union. Explore the dramatic history of the castle through the rooms in the governor's apartments--each represents a different event. Travel over the moat, across the tower bridge, and through the courtyard to see the dungeons, chapel, cannons, and hidden rooms of the castle. Be sure to join a guided tour led by knowledgeable guides dressed in period attire; you'll learn about the ghosts of the castle, among other things. Plan to visit Kalmar Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kalmar attractions using our Kalmar itinerary planner.
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  • Beautifully renovated castle. Give a good impression of the life in the past. Also a nice restaurant (for dinner reserve a table) but also good for a drink after a visit at the castle. 
  • This stately building is not to be missed when you are in Kalmar. I was here at the Christmas market and it was super nice. Everything you can imagine and needed for a real Christmas. Sampled the cheese (which we bought a load of), candied apples, honing, mulled wine, Christmas gifts, etc. Very nice interior. Feels hard to access for the disabled, but what do I know. Stairs, different storeys, cobblestone, stuff I personally fall (haha) for very easy. It really gave a cozy feeling in the Castle.
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  • Christmas market with variations due to the Castle environment. Christmas markets have a tendency to become more o more "commercial" and less o smaller crafts. This is a pretty good mix. Artisans have good sites inside the Castle, which means that there is plenty of space and quiet to see what you want. Think I can return almost:)
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  • Went here on a tour of the castle. The guide was really funny and knowledgeable. It also offers a gorgeous view of the ocean and it's a perfect picnic location during the summer.
  • Amazingly fun visit to the castle! Great time walking around the walls around the cannons and taking pictures. Didn't get a chance to go inside but I really liked the experience. Hopefully people will stop carving their names in the walls.
  • Lovely old 16th Century castle with a nice exhibition inside and gardens outside.
  • A must see when visiting Kalmar. In the summer they have a kids scavenger hunt and when completed the children get knighted by the "Queen"!
  • Beautiful castle but the price for tickets are kind of high .