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Kalmar Castle, Kalmar

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • The castle is attractive and overlooks the water towards Oland. The outer walls can be viewed for free but to view the interior there is a charge. The staff were welcoming, and dressed in period costu...  more »
  • Today we visited the castle. It's a very nice castle with great rooms to see. Disabled persons can reach a part of the castle because there is an elevator. In the room with the Medici family informati...  more »
  • Kalmar Castle is renowned rightfully so. It is a memory of Swedish history, read about the wars of 1610's and Kalmar union. The walls are accessible free of charge round the clock, and give a great va...  more »
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  • Small reminder - now strong was Sweden in the past.
  • Impressive! The doors were open so we were able to go through and on also on top over the "outside walls". In addition we had the chance to see the beautiful Sunset over sea! 🌅
  • Exploring the outside of this beautiful castle is free and worth the visit if you're in the area. Allot somewhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours for the visit depending on interest and the weather. The walls are accessable and the view from them stunning. There's a small shop as well with some typical swedish tourist items, some replicas of local artefacts, Astrid Lindgren themed toys and books, and post cards.
  • Ancient castle with fantastic view ;) In the old city near to kalmar centrum
  • 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.

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