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- Kalmar Castle
- Alt Name:
- Kalmar Slott
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1100AD - 1199AD
about Kalmar Castle
Kalmar Castle or ‘Kalmar Slott’ is a medieval castle whose history dates back to the twelfth century. Originally only made up of a lone fortified tower, Kalmar Castle developed over time to become an imposing stronghold and castle.
In the sixteenth century Kalmar Castle was expanded and renovated in the hands of Kings Erik XIV and Johan III, monarchs of the House of Vasa, giving it a Renaissance feel it still has today.
Kalmar Castle played an important role in Swedish history and was the site at which the Union of Kalmar was signed in 1397. This unified of Denmark, Norway and Sweden under the rule of Erik of Pomerania and would endure until 1523.
Today, fully restored to its original glory, Kalmar Castle is a popular tourist attraction and is even a wedding venue.
Just as empires rise and fall so do entry fees and opening hours! While we work as hard as we can to ensure the information provided here about Kalmar Castle is as accurate as possible, the changing nature of certain elements mean we can't absolutely guarantee that these details won't become a thing of the past. If you know of any information on this page that needs updating you can add a comment above or now.
Address: Kungsgatan 1, 39233 Kalmar, Sweden
Phone: (46) 480 451490
Kalmar Castle is located around half a kilometre from the centre of Kalmar, Eastern Gotaland within walking distance of Kalmar Centralstation. It is 109km east of Vaxjo (2 hours) by car or by train. Kalmar is also around 284km northeast of Malmo and by car (4 hours). There are also direct trains from Malmo Centralstation which take 3 hours.
Kalmar Castle is generally open, May- June 10am-4pm (to 6pm in July and 5pm in August). For the rest of the year, opening times are fairly erratic, so best to check the website for the dates. From 1 January to 27 June and from 4 October to 31 December, entry costs SEK 80 for adults, SEK 50 for students and SEK 20 for children aged 4 to 16 and is free for under 4’s. From 28 June to 3 October, entry costs SEK 85 for adults, SEK 50 for students and SEK 45 for children aged 4 to 16 and is free for under 4’s. Further concessions are available.
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