KalmarEnjoy a holiday with sun and swimming, shopping and entertainment, art and culture. Kalmar offers the opportunities of a large city along with the charm of a smaller place. Within walking and cycling distance, you can enjoy beaches, parks, forests, meadows, cobblestone streets, shops, museums, cafés, and galleries. And an honest-to-goodness castle with pinnacles and towers. Today, Kalmar is a modern city, but wherever you go, you feel the pulse of history.
The CityWherever you go in Kalmar, you can feel the echoes of history. Many of the old buildings host charming shops, restaurants and pubs. For example, you can buy coffee at "Gerdas" in one of Sweden’s oldest retail premises built in 1667. You can also visit Westholms glass studio at "Västerport" - Kalmar’s old gateway through the city walls. All year round, events and activities take place around the city. Listen to a free concert at the city square, become a knight at the Kalmar Castle, see all the participants in the IRONMAN competition or visit the art museum in the beautiful city park. In Kalmar, there's always something going on! Here, you can always sense the nearness to the sea. Take a swim at “Kattrumpan” – a beach located right at the end of the main shopping street. Behind Kalmar Castle, you will find the newest and largest beach “Kalmarsundsbadet” with a 150-meter long bridge. You can combine several interests in one holiday. Close to Kalmar, you'll also find the beautiful island Öland and the Kingdom of Crystal. Together, we offer experiences all year round!
EventsKalmar is one of Sweden’s most attractive cities for events. There is always something going on. Sports, music, theatre, exhibitions, trade fairs. Whatever your interests, there is constantly a broad range of events taking place in Kalmar.
Do & See
In Kalmar you stroll on venerable paths. With its architecture and city plan, its walls, cobblestone streets and stone buildings from the 17th century, the city has done an exceptional job of preserving the memory of Sweden’s period as a great power. Experience Old Town, which lies right next to Kalmar Castle, Kalmar County Museum with its exhibition about the ship "Kronan" and Kalmar Art Museum with its much-discussed exhibitions.
Kalmar boasts the opportunities of a large city together with a small town's personality and charm. It offers entertainment and tempo in a beautiful and historic atmosphere. The city abounds in restaurants, cafés, and pubs with different orientations. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a simple dish, Småland specialities, or international gourmet food.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry, or a mazarin, a small Swedish almond tart, at some of Kalmar’s many cafés and patisseries. Or pick up a loaf of good, fresh bread for a bite to eat in the evening at home. There is much from which to choose here!
Bars & Nightlife
If you want to go out and get a beer or a glass of wine, Kalmar is guaranteed to have a place that is just right for you. Scottish or Irish atmosphere, crowded and genial or a little more spacious, live music or sports bar – there is something here for all tastes. And if you are not famished but just a little hungry for something lighter, most pubs and bars also have something edible to offer.
Kalmar offers everything from well-known chain stores to small, cosy shops. Stroll around on Kvarnholmen – the attractive city centre where you sense the pulse of history – or make an excursion to some of the city’s shopping centres.