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Address: 1 Kungsgatan, Kalmar 392 33, Sweden
Phone Number:
+46 480 45 14 90
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The history of this legendary castle goes back 800 years. For a long time,...

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.

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Was down at Oland for wedding in Borgholm castle went down to see Kalmar and Ikea massive also went to the Kalmar castle very nice and clean I worked for a Swedish firm called... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Was down at Oland for wedding in Borgholm castle went down to see Kalmar and Ikea massive also went to the Kalmar castle very nice and clean I worked for a Swedish firm called Kalmar at that time This was a good few years ago not Aug 2016

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Pescia, Italy
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Decided to visit Kalmar because I read that the castle was the most beautiful in the country, if that is true I am bit sorry for Sweden, it is an amazingly beautiful country but I was not impressed by this castle

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Thank ProfessorSassaroli
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I've only gone inside of the castle one time to visit all of the chambers. It is nicely curated with plaques in English giving you a sense of the major historical events as well as day-to-day life. I haven't eaten at the restaurant but my parents visiting from the states said it was fantastic. I love walking around the outside... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

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.

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Lugano, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Great castle and nice park with amazing birds around. Locals joke there are some 'refugees' some type of Canadian geese or something that just settled there

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Reviewed 28 October 2016

We toured the Kalmar Castle and enjoyed every minute of it. It has been well preserved and had some very interesting exhibits. We also enjoyed the outside perimeters with the cannons lined up facing the water. It had a very modest entry fee.

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Thank French S
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

A well preserved and well presented facility on the waterfront. Very definitely worth going to the effort to see

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Tove S, Informationsansvarig at Kalmar Castle, responded to this review

Hi Terry! Thank you for giving us nice feedback here at TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Kalmar Castle! Welcome back! More 

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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Great castle, weather was not great the day i when, but it was beautiful and strongly advise you go visit.

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Tove S, Informationsansvarig at Kalmar Castle, responded to this review

Hi Akif! Thank you for your kind words here at TripAdvisor! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you recommend Kalmar Castle! Welcome back! More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

One of my favourite castles i have ever visited. great landmark and definitely worth a visit.It was my second visit and still gives that wow factor.

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Tove S, Informationsansvarig at Kalmar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us nice feedback here at TripAdvisor. Next year we present a new interesting exhibition! Welcome back on a third visit to Kalmar Castle :-) More 

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Follow up on day at the castle. Most of the day has been satisfactory. The venue is think is fantastic. That was the only wow factor. I found the service below par. The lunch service was appalling. Yes we were 15 mins late coming to the restaurants, but on the flip side your kitchen was an extra 30 mins late... More 

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Tove S, Informationsansvarig at Kalmar Castle, responded to this review

Hi Daniel! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed most of your day and that you liked the venue. But it is sad to hear that you are not pleased with the lunch and our service. We always strive to have satisfied customers and we think it's sad that you did not appreciate your whole visit here at Kalmar... More 

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