You can go here by train from Malmö, or from Copenhagen Airport. Flying to Stockholm (Skavsta) is another option, and driving down the E22. Kalmar does have an airport with connections to Stockholm Arlanda.
You can walk to all interesting locations. The city centre is relatively small, with two main squares. On one you find the cathedral (Domkyrkan) and the other is called Larmtorget. From the second you you can walk to the Baronen shopping centre. You an also rent canoes at the low cost hotel Svanen, and you can paddle your way around the centre, which is an island.
Kalmar Art museum opens 2008 in a new, highly controversial building
Salve experience the middle ages, live!
Kalmar is an interesting town in many ways. The town is old, and has some interesting architecture. The Castle dates back to the year 1160 A.D. It is also connected to the island of Öland by a bridge, which used to be Europe's longest (6 km). Kalmar is about 45 minutes away (by car) from the Glass Kingdom (Glasriket)where the famour works of Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Nybro, Pukeberg, Målerås are located.
Kalmar has a football team, Kalmar FF, that won the Swedish cup in 2007. They play in the highest division, the Allsvenskan. You can watch them play at Fredriksskans, one of Sweden's prettiest football stadiums.
The past couple of years many shopping malls and establishments have opened in Kalmar. The main shopping areas are
Billen. IKEA, CityGross and other large stores. By the E22.
Giraffen. ICA Maxi, Onoff, CoopForum and many other stores
Baronen. Close to the harbour. Many smaller shops and a movie theatre
the city centre has many small shops
In the museum Länsmuséet you can buy many Christmas articles, some made after designs by Jenny Nyström, a famous swedish artist born in Kalmar.
Thai Silk Palace, Fiskaregatan 8
Kama Sushi, Västra Sjögatan 13
Helén & Jörgens Larmtorget, voted by many as the best in town
Calmar Hamnkrog the restaurant with the best location in town, on the water!
Larmgatan 10, Larmgatan 10, combination of Asian and European cuisine
Krusentiernska gården A wonderful coffeshop in a beautiful garden setting
Kullzénska caféet Wonderful small coffee shop in an old building in the centre
Calmar Stadshotell, Stortorget 14 - classy and centrally located
Hotel Packhuset on the harbour
Brofästet Hotell & Konferens
Lågpris Hotell och vandrarhem Svanen
Café Dream (Västra Sjögatan 17) is an Internet cafe. 30 SEK for 30 minutes.
Take the Ölandsbron bridge over to the Öland island.