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Kalmar

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Kalmar is a city in the Småland province of the Götaland region of south-east Sweden with a population of 60,000 (2007). It is one of the oldest Swedish cities, dating back to the year 1027.

Get in[edit]

Kalmar Airport[18] is served by domestic flights to Stockholm, while the closest international airport is Kastrup in Copenhagen, Denmark. From Kastrup the Öresundståg train goes to Kalmar in 3,5 hours. Tickets can be bought at the Kastrup and Kalmar stations or online in advance.

For boat lovers Kalmar has a beautiful harbor with good facilities for the visitor. Occasionally cruise ships stop at Kalmar.

Get around[edit]

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 one, you can walk to the Baronen shopping centre. You can also rent canoes at the low cost hotel Svanen, and you can paddle your way around the centre, which is an island.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kalmar Castle (Kalmar Slott) [19]
  • Kalmar County Museum (Kalmar läns museum)
  • The cathedral (Domkyrkan) dating back to 1660
  • Kalmar Art museum opens 2008 in a new, highly controversial building
  • Salve experience the middle ages, live!

Do[edit][add listing]

Kalmar is an interesting town in many ways. The town was established in 12th century and the old city wall is still well preserved. The Kalmar Castle dates back to the year 1160 A.D and the tower of the castle was continuously expanded in the 13th century. Beside the castle, there is a very peaceful city park.

This town is 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 famous works of Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Nybro, Pukeberg, Målerås are located. Kalmar has a football team, Kalmar FF, [20] that won the Swedish cup in 2007. They play in the highest division, the Allsvenskan. You can watch them play at Kalmar Arena. Newly constructed and opened in 2010.

Study[edit]

Kalmar has a university, Linnéuniversitetet (Högskolan i Kalmar). It is known for its courses in seafaring, teaching and economics (Baltic School of Economics).

Buy[edit][add listing]

The past couple of years many shopping malls and establishments have opened in Kalmar. The main shopping areas are

  • Baronen, Skeppsbrogatan 12, 392 31 Kalmar, [1]. Close to the harbor. Many smaller shops and a movie theatre.  edit
  • Giraffen Kreisel, Verkstadsgatan, 392 39 Kalmar, [2]. Shopping mall: ICA Maxi, Onoff, CoopForum and many other stores.  edit

In the museum Länsmuséet you can buy many Christmas articles, some made after designs by Jenny Nyström and by famous Swedish artist born in Kalmar.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kalmar Kött & Bar, Larmtorget 2, 392 32 Kalmar, +46 480 28830, [3]. Restaurant is voted by many as the best in town.  edit
  • Kama Sushi, Västra Sjögatan 13, 392 32 Kalmar, +46 480 54878, [4]. Sushi restaurant  edit
  • Larmgatan 10, Södra Långgatan 6, 392 32 Kalmar, +46 480 86525, [5]. Combination of Asian and European cuisine.  edit
  • Rosenlundska Källaren, Östra Sjögatan 3, 392 31 Kalmar, +46 480 86935, [6]. The restaurant with the best location in town, on the water!  edit
  • Thai Silk Palace, Fiskaregatan 12, 392 32 Kalmar, +46 480 28126, [7]. Thai restaurant  edit
  • Thai Taste Esplanaden, Esplanaden 6, 392 33 Kalmar, +46 480 421 940, [8]. Thai food take away.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Krusenstiernska Gården, Stora Dammgatan 9-11, 392 46 Kalmar, +46 480 454 134, [9]. A wonderful coffeeshop in a beautiful garden setting.  edit
  • Kullzénska caféet, Kaggensgatan 26, 392 32 Kalmar, +46 480 28882, [10]. Wonderful small cafe in an old building in the centre.  edit
  • Röda ugglan ab, Norra Vägen, Kalmar, +46 480 422 999, [11]. Cafe  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Calmar Stadshotell, Stortorget 14, 392 32 Kalmar, +46 480 496 900, [12]. Good location  edit
  • Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset, Skeppsbrogatan 26, 392 31 Kalmar, +46 480 57000.  edit
  • First Hotel Witt, Södra Långgatan 42, 392 31 Kalmar, +46 480 15250, [13].  edit
  • Kalmar Hotel, Gasverksgatan 13, 392 45 Kalmar, +46 480 15507, [14]. Info on all hotels in Kalmar.  edit
  • Svanen, Rappegatan 1, 392 30 Kalmar, +46 480 25560, [15]. Hotel  edit
  • Vassmolösa Gästgiveri, Karlskronavägen 53, 388 91 Vassmolösa, +46 480 32280, [16]. B&B  edit

Contact[edit]

  • Kalmar Turism, Ölandskajen 9, 392 31 Kalmar, +46 480 417 700, [17]. Tourist information center  edit

Get out[edit]

Kalmar suits very well as the starting point, if you want to experience the Swedish east cost. Swebusexpress runs between Kalmar and Karlskrona regularly and the cost of this bus trip is low. It is also possible to travel to another elegant and relaxing summer resort in the east cost, Västervik. The local bus goes to Borgholm in Öland island and it takes approximately one hour.Create category

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