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Top Choice Castle in Kalmar

Kalmar Slott

Fairy-tale turrets, a drawbridge, a foul dungeon and secret passages…Kalmar Slott has everything that a proper castle should. This dominant Renaissance stronghold was once the most important building in the land and…
Top Choice European in Kalmar

Gröna Stugan

Located in an unassuming sage-green building complete with round windows reminiscent of a ship, this gem of a restaurant serves up beef tartar, whole witch flounder and New Zealand lamb – gorgeous on the plate and e…
Top Choice Museum in Kalmar

Kalmar läns museum

The highlight of this fine museum, in an old steam mill by the harbour, are finds from the 17th-century flagship Kronan. The ship exploded and sank just before a battle in 1676, with the loss of almost 800 men. It w…
Top Choice Chinese in Kalmar

Ming Palace

The daily lunch buffet at this friendly, central Cantonese restaurant (with retro booths) is always heaving with patrons. There's a wide range of dishes (including tofu and vegies, and salt and pepper squid) that ar…
Top Choice Pub in Kalmar

Lilla Puben

Thirsty? This bar is almost obscenely decorated with shelf after shelf of every imaginable brand of beer, some 700 varieties, plus a choice of 120 whiskies.
Museum in Kalmar

World of Dinosaurs

Kids go gaga for the massive monsters of the past in this gargantuan indoor Dino Museum about 10km west of Kalmar. While it's not quite Jurassic Park and some of the Sauropod's feel distinctly plasticky, the museum'…
Swedish in Kalmar

Restaurang Källaren Kronan

Six cellars have been transformed into a high-calibre experience, with meals served under a cosy vaulted ceiling. There’s even a 1660s menu, with mains such as salmon poached in wine with crayfish and root vegetable…
Gardens in Kalmar

Krusenstiernska Gården

Krusenstiernska Gården is a 19th-century middle-class home around 500m from the entrance to Kalmar Slott that seems to be delightfully stuck in a timewarp. From May to September, tours of the house are held at noon,…
Italian in Kalmar

Da Ernesto

Run by a real-deal Neapolitan, this Italian cafe, restaurant and bar attracts scores of people with its baristiand extensive menu including pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas and heavy, Italian seafood and meat dishes …
Museum in Kalmar

Kalmar Konstmuseum

The striking Kalmar Konstmuseum can be found in the park near Kalmar Slott. While it doesn't have a permanent collection, its striking galleries usually host one or two visiting contemporary exhibitions at any given…